What is Battle of the Beadsmith Tournament?

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Have you seen all the buzz on Facebook about the “Battle of the Beadsmith” Tournament yet?

Well, if not, get ready for some fun and exciting talented bead weaving Artist to show off their best during the few months.
There are 64 bead weaving artists were invited to this single elimination tournament, put together by Beadsmith to celebrate bead weaving talents worldwide.

Starting on May 14th, random artists will be paired establishing the first round of the competition.  This means 32 groups of artist vs. artist.  Each artist will have seven weeks from the announcement of the first pairings to create one single piece of original Beadwork and submit four photographs best highlighting its most important elements.

There will be 62 competitors not involved in a particular round one, plus 39 invited judges, will vote for the design that best captures their imagination.  This means that a majority of at least 85 of the possible 101 total voters will be enough to determine a winner in that round.
Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, headpieces, belts, handbags, or any other wearable adornments are acceptable for submission.  The deadline for the submissions of the first round will July 10th.

Here are the Participants:

Olga Petterson-Sweden
Sigifredo Contreras-Mexico
Linda Roberts- USA
Heather Kingsley Heath- England
Sharayah Sheldon-USA 
Helena Tang-Singapore
Nancy Dale-USA
Cynthia Newcomer Daniel-USA
Patrick Duggan-Australia
Marsha Wiest Hines- USA
Carol Dean Sharpe-USA
Annie Hatvani-Hungary
Christina Neit-USA
Sue Horine-USA
Ann Braginsky-Israel
Lea Palickova-Czech Republic
Alexandra Sydorenko-USA
Betty Stephan-USA
Callie Mitchell-USA
Christian Rodriguez-USA
Eva Dobos-Hungary
Katka Vaclavikova-Czech Republic
Misan Tejre-Sweden
Kinga Nichols-USA
Melissa Ingram-Australia
Anneta Valious-France
Mikki Ferrugiaro-USA
Miriam Cielo Shimon-Israel
Amy Katz-USA
Elke Leonhardt-Rath- Germany 
Irina Chikineva-Russia
Edgar Lopez-Disenos- Dominican Republic
Kassie Inman-USA
Orsolya Füzesi-Hungary 
Jill Thomas-England
Ibolya Ingesné Barkóczi-Hungary
Éva Csizmadia Lajosné-Hungary
Nausikka Dahllof-Sweden
Nella Moskvichjova-Russia
Julia Turova-Russia
Alla Vizir- Ukraine
Lynn Davy-England
Dini Alves_USA
Guzialia Reed-Japan
Alla Maslennikova -Russia
Sandra Dokter van Esveld-The Netherlands
Olga Haserodt-Germany
Joanne Browne-Australia
Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten-USA
Rosita Pisarchick-USA
Roxan O’brien USA
Christine Boyer Maj-USA
Kathy King-USA
Susan Brackett-USA
Olga Shumilova-Russia
Neva Brown-Australia
Ella Des- Belgrade Serbia (and wherever her boat takes her)
Katherine Gezey-Ukraine
Lauren Macgregor -Australia
Hannah Rosner-Ohio
Ekaterina Kalinina-Russia
Marta Koudelova-Czech republic
Terri Richards-USA
Marina Nosova-Russia
The Judges:
Sabine Lippert-Germany
Smadar Grossmann-Israel
Maggie Roschyk-USA
Adele Rogers Recklies-USA
Diane Hyde-USA
Jean Campbell-USA
Patrizia Tager-Israel
Zoya Gutina-USA
Jana Tarhala-Finland
Kerrie Slade Slade-England
Laura Boudloche Zeiner-USA
Cath Thomas-Switzerland
Heather Collin-South Africa
Claudia Schuman-Germany
Chloe Menage-England (Bead Magazine Editor)
Laura Andrews-USA
Kathleen Mccabe-Elsey- USA
Julia Gerlach-USA (Bead and Button Magazine Editor)
Diane Fitzgerald- USA
Verena Greene-Christ Germany (Perlen Poesie Magazine)
Jean Power- England
Ana Garcia-USA
Paulette Rosner Baron-USA
Amy Blevins- New Jersey
Kelly Nealon-Australia (Australian Beading Magazine Editor)
Melinda Barta-USA (Beadwork Magazine Editor)
Karin Nilsson-Sweden
Jo Lochhead-Scotland
Kandra Norsigian-California
Kenj Katsuoka-Japan (Miyuki Company)
Juliet Browse-England
Jamie Cloud Eakin-USA
Pamela Hawkins USA (Bead Design Studio Magazine Editor)
Marjon Donker The Netherlands ( Editor Polymer To Art Magazine)
Kate Bannister Tracton- USA
Deb Moffet Hall- (Bead- Patterns The Magazine, Quick Stitch Peyote Card)
Barbara Conrad USA
Lea Avroch USA
MaryLou Holvenstot USA

I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to round one.  Here are just a few photos of some of the competitors amazing beadwork.  Enjoy….

As always, Happy Beading

(Parts of this post were borrowed from the blog of Patrick Duggan, Australia)

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Welcome to my handmade jewelry blog. I love making jewelry and love sharing what I've made for everyone to enjoy. My passion is to create beautiful, wearable works of arts. I started making jewelry around 2007 and I learned how to make jewelry from beading books and searching and following many fantastic handmade jewelry blogs. . I spend hours practicing, learning and searching the internet for ideas, tutorials and jewelry making inspiration. I’ve had the honor of being published in several national and international beading magazines and blogs. My work has been featured in top blogs and magazines such as Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Bead & Button Editors Blog, and The Beading Gems Blog and published in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads jewelry makers’ catalogs.

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