Some artists avoid juried art shows and competitions because they believe the art community should be cooperative and supportive. Others avoid it out of fear of rejection or loss. However, there is another way to relate to these. These events provide an opportunity for the artist to stretch themselves, to share themselves, and to open themselves to some feedback.
This year, for the first time, I decided to enter a beaded bead contest being held by Beading Daily. I’ve subscribed to Beadwork magazine for years, but I’ve done very few of the projects in the magazine. However, this year, I decided to tackle the challenge of making five distinct beaded bead designs and fashioning them into a necklace. Although I put in a lot of hours, I gained the following by participating:
– Increased technical skill in making beaded beads.
– Learning not to give up when the work isn’t going in the right direction and sticking with it until I figure it out.
– Appreciation for the value of being part of a small group of beaded jewelry artisans who meet one night per week and support each other through critique and advice. This structure has been critical to providing a framework for the time it takes to create art.
– Seeing the wonderful interpretations of this work by other beaded jewelry artisans.
If you have entered a juried art competition or art contest, feel free to comment and share what you gained from participating in that event.
Click here if you’re interested in seeing the beaded jewelry necklace I entered into the contest.
If you’re a member of Beading Daily, I would greatly appreciate your vote.
Voting: Voting will take place between October 26, 2012 (starting at 5:00 p.m. MDT) and November 5, 2012 (ending at 9:00 a.m. MDT). Voters must be members of Beading Daily. Voters can vote for as many entries as they like, but they can only vote for each entry once.