Deadline: March 15, 2012


A jewelry design competition with a twist. The contest presents a challenge not often tackled – at least intentionally. Here's your opportunity to show your design skills, your visual acumen, your senses and sensibilities. Can you put together a well-designed and functional, yet UGLY, necklace?

It’s Not Easy To Do Ugly! Your mind and eye won’t let you go there. As research into color and design has shown, your eye and brain compensate for imbalances in color or in the positioning of pieces and objects – they try to correct and harmonize them. You are pre-wired to subconsciously avoid anything that is disorienting, disturbing or distracting.

And that is lucky for most jewelry designers. We are pre-wired to avoid negative things. This makes it easier to end up with something beautiful. And more difficult to end up with something Ugly. Ugly goes against our nature. It’s hard to do.

To achieve a truly hideous result means making the hard design choices, putting ourselves in situations and forcing us to make the kinds of choices we’re unfamiliar with, and taking us inside ourselves to places that we are somewhat scared about, and where we do not want to go.

Join the Fun! Learn Some Things About Jewelry Design! Win a $992.93 shopping spree on the Land of Odds website.

Entering is easy. Take three good color snapshots or scans of your necklace, and write a short poem about it.

Visit the website for the full listing of Official Rules, as well as a listing of special requirements for the 2012 9th International Contest. Images of past years' winners and submissions are posted.

For more details, visit their website http://www.landofodds.com/store/uglynecklace.htm or you can contact Warren by e-mail at warren@landofodds.com or by phone at 615-292-0610 or by fax at 615-460-7001.



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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

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