Sixth Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest: A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist
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Land of Odds :
Sixth Annual, 2008

The Ugly Necklace Contest
A Jewelry Design Competition
With A Twist
 
The 10 Semi-Finalists' Page
Press Release

While Voting for this year's contest has ended, you can still try your hand at evaluating each necklace. Click the GO VOTE & EVALUATE link under each artist's name to pull up the form.

 




Final combined
on-line and judges scores
7/21/08

The 2008 Sixth Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest

Artist       Mean Score
Choose the UGLIEST!

1=Thumbs Fully Up
(REALLY UGLY!!!)

7=Thumbs Fully Down
(NOT UGLY AT ALL!)
(1.000 is the highest score,
6 .999 is the lowest score)




Mandy Allen
"MindSettings"

3.09
(96 votes)

Edith Cheitman
"Song of the Venerable Bede"

3.25
(107 votes)

Candace Davis
"An Ugly Haiku"

2.56
(132 votes)
Lynn Margaret Davy 
"I Let Our Love Sing - F(orte)"

3.28
(286 votes)
Alesia DiFederico
"Equus Recyclus"
WINNER

1.41
(639 votes)

Kimberly Dods
"An Ode To My Ugly Necklace"

1.95
(254 votes)
Wendy Inman
"Junk Drawers Revenge"


2.48
(406 votes)
Jen Muise
"Something For Everyone"
RUNNER UP

1.67
(251 votes)
Ruwani Thainuja Rathnaya
"Recycle Me"



2.15
(1784 votes)

Christina Zawadecki
"Toy Soldiers"

2.76
(125 votes)


7th Annual 2009 The Ugly Necklace Contest
Click here for contest rules 
 



WINNER
#1 by Alesia DiFederico

Southbury, Connecticut



Equus Recyclus


"From the horse's ass ,
Much manure does pass.

The pasture's seed becomes an organic bead,
Made from the horse's dirty deed.

There must be more uses,
For what the horse produces. ...
"





#2 by
Edith Cheitman
Sarasota, Florida


Song of the Venerable Bede

"The New Age Market has decreed
there be more Spirit in their beads.
No more sufficient, ostentation;
they now require extrapolation
From world relitions to their jewelry
which tempts designers to buffoonery.

This ugly necklace is evidence
of a bauble fraught with such mystical defense.

"




RUNNER-UP
#3 by Jen Muise

Woodlawn, Ontario, Canada


Something for Everyone

"It doesn't matter who you are --
Rapper, diva or parade star.
If you're artsy-fartsy or sedate,
A Goth, a pimp or just out-of-date;
A hippi chick or a sports fan
A sk8rgrrl or Elizabethan
It doesn't matter who you are,
There's something here for you!"

 





#4 by
Kimberly Dods
Peralta, New Mexico


An Ode To My Ugly Necklace

My so-called "ugly nekclace" has quite grown on me.
It's hideousness bewitching.
Clumsy - yes.
Awkward - a bit.
But, on my neck, a perfect fit.







#5 by
Candace Davis
Charlotte, North Carolina


An Ugly Haiku

Mass Anaplasia

Lymphatic Metastasis
of myth & legend






#6 by
Ruwani Thanuja Rathnayaka
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Recycle Me


 







#7 by
Wendy Inman
Ripon, California


Junk Drawers Revenge

"Everyone has one
Hidden away
A drawer full of Treasures
My child would say.
...

... But you better watch out
You better empty it someday
Before it rebels
And attacks you this way.
"






#8 by
Christina Zawadecki
Orlando, Florida



Toy Soldiers

"Beaded soldiers on a string
March left right left for victory
Poor boys fight a rich mans war
An atrocity not to be ignored
Thoughts of all lost
Yet strong hope for a peace
A time when their mission
Is fully complete."







#9 by
Mandy Allen
Portland, Oregon


MindSettings

"Of truth and beauty there is much debate,
What one person loves, another may hate.
What has value to us is another discussion,
And it can have an ugly repercussion.
Like buying diamonds even if it puts you in debt
I guess it's all about your mindset."



 



Sixth Annual, 2008
The Ugly Necklace Contest
A Jewelry Design Competition
With A Twist
 


Visit the web-pages of each of our 10 The Ugly Necklace Contest Semi-Finalists.
Evaluate their images, their poem, and their materials and techniques.
Then use the on-line form you will find on each of their web-pages to Score them in terms of Hideousness, Materials Used, Design Principles Violated, and Artistic Control.
You can vote/evaluate each of the ten necklaces, if you want, or just your favorites --
that's up to you. But all our artists would appreciate your votes and evaluations.

 

When voting closes, voting logs will be reviewed
for any duplicate or otherwise illegitimate votes
(for example, those from the same IP or email address), and these will be deleted. The on-line votes will be tallied and used to adjust the original votes of the Panel of Judges at CBJA, in the selection of a winner. The public's votes will weigh towards 25% of the final tally in selecting the Winner and Runner-Up.

And consider submitting an entry to next year's
The Seventh Annual Ugly Necklace Contest
!
Entries accepted beginning Sept 1, 2008,
with the final entry submission date of Mar 15, 2009.

Now entries open to both US and International submissions as well. There are talented Ugly-Necklace Jewelry Designers everywhere!

JOIN our On-Line Forum
Share your reactions, opinions and thoughts about our Ugly Necklace entries,
or about the Contest as a whole.

ABOUT THE JEWELRY DESIGN CRITERIA USED TO EVALUATE THE ENTRIES IN THE UGLY NECKLACE CONTEST - It Ain't Easy Doing Ugly, or as my momma says, "Ugly is as Ugly does."

Summary of Adjusted Judges Scoring Criteria

ABOUT GOOD JEWELRY DESIGN
- Principles of Composition

by Warren Feld


Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan Jewelry
Next open jewelry design workshop:
May 22-29, 2010, Cortona, Italy



Toscana Americana has invited Warren Feld of Land of Odds and The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts to lead this 8-day Jewelry Design Workshop.   Enjoy the relaxed pace of Italian living with an in-depth educational experience on your sojourn to Cortona and the Medieval hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. For both beginner and intermediate level beaders and jewelry makers alike.
Read a
Narrative Summary of the workshop with links to more informaton about itinerary, supply lists, cortona, the hotel, and fees.



If you would like us to forward your comments
to any of our semi-finalists, we will be happy to do so.
You can send your comments to:

oddsian@landofodds.com

To add your name to our email list
associated with The Ugly Necklace Contest, send an email to:
oddsian@landofodds.com
and Write "Ugly Necklace Email List" in the subject line.







#10 by
Lynn Margaret Davy
Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom



I Let Our Love Sing - F(orte)

"Once upon a blowtorch an artist made a pig.
A pretty pink color, and not very big.
She took one look at him and said "Bad luck,
But your face looks like it was squashed by a truck,"

I tried my best, but this hideous creation
Will destroy my perfectionist reputation.
There's nothing I can do, you've turned out so ugly,
I'm afraid you're what lampworkers call: "A FUGLY!""





   


 


It's not easy to do Ugly!

Our 4 distinguished judges associated with
The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts reviewed
37 Ugly Necklace submissions to our contest,
and selected 10 semi-finalists.
They rated each necklace using
10 jewelry design criteria. They examined the

overall hideousness of the necklace,

how clever were the materials used,

how the design of the necklace violated
good jewelry design rules associated with color, form,
balance, distribution of the elements, and focus
.

They also looked at issues of
how the necklace was constructed
and its wearability
, and

how well the accompanying poem
elaborated on the necklace and its ugliness
.

MORE ABOUT THE JEWELRY DESIGN CRITERIA
USED TO EVALUATE THE ENTRIES


 


E
nter the 2009 7th Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest!

Entries due between 9/1/08 and 3/15/09

Click here for contest rules

JOIN our On-Line Forum
Share your reactions, opinions and thoughts about our Ugly Necklace entries,
or about the Contest as a whole.


To add your name to our email list
associated with The Ugly Necklace Contest, send an email to:
oddsian@landofodds.com
and Write "Ugly Necklace Email List" in the subject line.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS AT LAND OF ODDS:

All Dolled Up: Beaded Art Doll Competition
Theme: Earthen Mother
Deadline: August 31st, 2009


Jewelry Design Workshop in Cortona, Italy
"Contemporizing Etruscan Jewelry"
Theory/Practice/Applications of
Jewelry Design, Bead Stringing and Bead Weaving

April 18-25th, 2009


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LAND OF ODDS - BE DAZZLED BEADS -- Jewelry Design Center
      On-line at http://www.landofodds.com
BE DAZZLED -- the physical store at:
      718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123
     Nashville, TN  37204
Phone:  615/292-0610; FAX:  615-460-7001
Email:   oddsian@landofodds.com

COPYRIGHT 2008 Warren S. Feld

 

Sixth Annual The Ugly Necklace Contest: A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist
RETURN TO: Land of Odds | The 10 Semi-Finalists' Page | Contest Rules