Friday, May 18, 2012

In the Beginning there were....

The Battle of the Beadsmith has begun and the 80 Jewelry Artists have been paired for the 1st Round of the tournament.  This is an exciting moment as all of us prepare for the first round.
My 1st round beading partner is Anna Bystryk from the Uraine.  What's is truly amazing is that Anna is approximately 5739 miles or 9234.05 kilometers from me.  Below is a map.

Isn't this amazing! Steven Weiss of Beadsmith has put together this incredible Beading Tournament and  said;

"In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it would be fun to set up a beading "tournament" where original works can be viewed, shared, and celebrated both by the participants, and the beading public alike.

80 seed bead artists have been invited to participate in an elimination "tournament" to determine which piece of their original beadwork best captures the imagination of 119 of their fellow designers, specialty bead shop owners, and members of various beading magazine editorial staffs."

Released On May 14, 2010 below is the press release.



80 Artists, 21 Countries. A Celebration of Bead Artistry around the World

A brief ceremony at Beadsmith headquarters in Cartert, NJ took place Monday, the 14th of May, officially launching the inaugural “Battle Of The Beadsmith”. Steven Weiss, of the family Weiss, addressed the competitors in attendance with some emotional words of encouragement, (transcript seen below), before officially announcing the 40 1st round pairings.

“My fellow beaders. You have been charged with the monumental task of taking your designs to places never thought possible before. Your journey will strain the very limits of your beading abilities… (Pause)......Do not entertain failure! Do not allow uncertainty, and the fear of defeat, to extinguish the fires that burn within your creative souls….. (Pause)…. Though some of you will fall in battle, history will speak well of the 80…. The 80 who beaded steadfast and true…. The 80 that beaded on, when their needles snapped, and their threads frayed… (Pause)...The 80 that beaded until they could bead no more."

The 40 first round pairings for “The Battle Of The Beadsmith can be found by clicking on the link below.

Battle of the Beadsmith 1st Round Pairings

The "Battle for the Beadsmith" group is now open to all that want to see and follow the tournament over the next few months. Please join us on Facebook at "Battle of the Beadsmith Group" and get ready to view some the most incredible bead designs in the World!

My partner Anna Bystryk bead work is amazing and I wanted to share with you some my favorites from her on-line shop.

To find more of her amazing works of jewelry art visit her on-line shop FlyingCat.

As always,

Happy Beading
Terri Faye