Sunday, June 8, 2014

Battle of the Beadsmith 2014

In the beginning.....

The Battle of the Beadsmith began in 2012 with a total of 80 Bead Artists, the second year 2013 had 192 Bead Artist from around the globe and this years BOTB 2014 has a total of 256 Artists from all over the world.  The battle rules have even been translated into several different languages, to include; Dutch, French, Romanian, Russian and Hebrew, along with many others.

This years competition started on April 1, 2014 and all entries must be completed and entered by June 8th.

These are my 2014 Battle of the Beadsmith Diary entries.

I've really struggled with this years entry, not sure why. All things are ready on April 1st, artwork done, colors chosen, beads ordered and received.  Having beads in hand, needles in order.  I know how to prepare for battle. Afterall, I am a veteran BOTB soldier in my third year running. 

It's mid April, things are well on the way to getting finishing touches.

It's early May, there are several different components to this years entry, so I had them well on the way to completion when I hit my first artist block!  I didn't like the way it was going, so I stopped and turned away to other things for a while.

Mid-May, made a change to the piece, but still not happy with the design.  It's not flowing right, something is missing.

Family crisis has taken me by surprise and no beading has been done.

It's three weeks before the battle entry is due and I still haven't finished.  I've changed the design more than three times.  Still not the way I want it to look.

Times is running out my battle piece is still not finished.  The piece is still on a bust and I just can't seem to find the energy needed to go forward on the design.  For me beading is all about the flow of a piece, the beadwork tells me where it wants to go and this beadwork piece is NOT talking to me.  I keep looking at it, thinking of ways to change it again.

Finally, last day of May the beadwork started to reach out and tell me what it needed.  Which is a really good thing, because I was almost ready to email Steven and step out of the battle this year.  But...I just can not do that!  I still have the time to complete the piece.  I can see it now.  Close to completion now, hope to be finished beading within the next couple of days.

I cannot remember a time that I have struggled so much in getting a piece completed.  My beadwork entry for the previous battles seem to come together effortlessly, but not this year. What began as a much different design on paper, has became a totally different design created with passion and worthy to be entered into this years Battle of the Beadsmith.

I looked for encouragement and found this below, written for the first BOTB '12.

"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...(dramatic pause).....Do not entertain failure! Do not allow uncertainty, and the fear of defeat, to extinguish the fires that burn within your creative souls...(longer dramatic pause)..and 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.....the 80 that beaded until they could bead no more............."

Night in the French Quarter, BOTB 2012
Sadie's Blue, BOTB 2013

Busy, busy week.  Graduation for my youngest daugher, working and more working and finally I completed my entry for the BOTB 2014.  Photos were taken and entry sent in today.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful beadwork this year.

This year's entry is named June's Pearls.  I have dedicated this years battle piece to a facebook friend.  Last year she sent me an email that touch my heart and made my day.

I can only show a teaser photo right now, we go.

June's Pearls, Teaser photo, BOTB 2014

Hope you enjoy! and stay tuned to all of the fun at Battle of the Beadsmith on Facebook.

As always,

Happy Beading