The first international Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading
Contest is over! We would like to say THANK YOU
to all entrants, jurors, and sponsors who helped us make
the contest successful. 83 participants from 20 countries
submitted 132 entries! Today we celebrate our bead
holiday together, with our winners, all participants,
jurors, sponsors, and bead lovers. In general, we
reached our goal and feel happy! We are looking forward
to seeing all of them in 2011 and hope that the next
year contest would attract more artists!
FASHION COLORWORKS 2010 BEADING CONTEST. WINNERS
First Place Winner
Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Uppsala, Sweden
Legends Of Lothlorien Necklace
"What a beautiful plethora of leaves and blooms! You've
captured the color palette to perfection - lovely, lovely
"A beautifully crafted piece that perfectly illustrates
the dreamlike story in the description. Excellent use
"Amazing craftsmanship, that's a masterpiece in using
many seed bead colors and shades to feature a predefined
Second Place Winner
Evgeniya Semina, Orenburg, Russia
( email )
Waltz Of Flowers Tiara
"Your design is so delicate and ethereal. The way you
used this color palette is beautiful - and the flower
is stunning on it's bed of clear blue."
"A beautiful combination of materials and techniques,
resulting in a fairytale piece."
"No doubt, that's one of the best contest entries in
design, using different techniques, and implementing
contest color palette."
Third Place Winner
Larisa Berenshtein, Ramat Gan, Israel
"Beautiful composition, texture and balance. Your use
of just a bit of yellow in the leaves help make the
color palette pop and draws the eye from the stone to
the flowers and up the spiral. Well done!"
"Great use of color and shape and a nice mix of stitch
"One of the beadwork that exactly reflected colors in
its natural beauty. Irreproachable work and use of
People's Choice Award
Alexandra Sydorenko, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
( email )
After The Rain Set
"Gorgeous flower dripping with water! The buds climbing
up the side are so delicate and work so beautifully with
the leaf clasp. I love how you continued the leaf stem
into a twirling vine."
"A beautifully made eye-catching piece with a very
pleasing shape. I particularly liked the use of the
pearls as buds."
"Amazingly balanced intricate set, stunning design!"
Best Use of Color
Tatiana Naumchik, Astana, Kazakhstan
( email )
Spring Tenderness Necklace
"So perfectly named! Your piece feels like spring
bursting in bloom and yet so delicate and feminine."
"A beautifully made visually pleasing design
that perfectly combines the chosen color combination."
"Distinguished using of classical designs in combination
of the contest colors. "
Best Use of Materials
Viktoriya Katamashvili, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Hope, Footsteps On The Sand Set
"You captured the essence of summer at the beach!!
Your set is alive with color, texture and imagery.
I especially love the swirl of water on your
"A very original and imaginative piece. I
particularly like the asymmetric layout and use
of beaded letters to tell the story."
"Quite original design that can be called art
painting. Eye-catching picturesque work."
What our jurors say
Beverly Ash Gilbert, USA
Zoya, I can't believe you and your husband set up the
website/contest process - so professional and easy!!! Fabulous
job! So, my thoughts on contest in general and judgment
process: Very well done, very easy to judge, with beautiful
results. Your website was fabulous (as I mentioned above!).
My wish to all participants:
I was so impressed by the diversity of style and color in
the entries - even though the color parameters were set,
there was still so much personality that came through on
each piece. I have to say... I have a really hard time
creating under strict guidelines so I actually felt a bit
constrained when the color combos were presented (and I
wasn't even participating!). However, I was blown away by
the results - obviously the contestants weren't intimidated!
My hope is that you continue to play with color, follow
your own path and create for the most important person in
your creative journey - yourself.
Albina Polyanskaya, Ukraine
It was a great honor as well as a great responsibility to be
a juror in such an exciting beading contest! The entrants
presented many original beautiful designs and showed their
amazing skills. It wasn't easy to create beadworks using
strongly predefined by contest rules color combinations,
different techniques and materials, and in my turn, it wasn't
easy to score them considering all craftsmanship aspects.
What I want to note is a jurors' interface, that was very
comfortable to work with and allowed jurors honest and fair
judgment. I think it was a very intriguing feature, when
contest website visitors could see just small details of
all entries. I was happy to look at the full-size pictures
of beadworks, and every time opening a picture I was
wondering how beautiful they were.
I'd like to congratulate all winners, finalists,
participants, sponsors, and other jurors with the new
international high-level beading contest Fashion Coloworks!
I wish you happy beading and best of luck!
Kerrie Slade, UK
When Zoya first asked me to be one of the jurors of her new
contest, I was honored, but I don't think I really grasped
what it meant and what would be involved. I judged the 132
entries in several sessions and each time it struck me just
how much thought, work and attention to detail had gone into
each piece. I realized then, that it was important for me
to look at each piece individually through my own eyes, but
also the eyes of the person who had lovingly beaded it.
This was a great learning experience for me too, as for
example, not all of the color combinations would have been
my own choice, but it was clear that the contestants had
worked within the constraints of the challenge and so I
needed to look beyond my first reactions. I thoroughly
enjoyed the contest from start to finish, the standard of
work was very high and the judging process was easy to
understand, professional and comprehensive. Thank you to
Zoya for setting the challenge and inviting me to be one
of the jurors and thank you also to all the participants
for entering into the spirit of the challenge and for
creating such innovative and thought provoking beadwork!
What our sponsors say
Duchess & Reyna, Marketing Department,
Congratulations Zoya on your first Fashion Colorworks
2010 Beading Contest! We thank you for bringing together
beaders worldwide and for showcasing their extraordinary
talent and creativity. It was great to be a part of this
exciting beading competition and play a part in its
We also want to extend our appreciation to all of the
participants who sent in their beautiful and
inspirational designs. The level of talent in this
competition was spectacular and the designs truly an
honor to see. We at Artbeads.com wish everyone the best
in the future and look forward to next year's competition!
Claire Humpherson, Marketing Manager,
Beads Direct Ltd:
Wow, your competition entries are all so fantastic! I have
chosen the following winner for "Best Use of Materials":
Hope, Footsteps On The Sand Set. I chose this because I
love the incorporation of the shells into the piece, and
also how beads have been used to spell out the message.
I also love the mini message in a bottle, I think this is
great attention to detail and theme. I think this is an
innovative use of materials overall.
My other favorites were The G&S Necklace, as I don't
often see seed bead work combined with wire in this way,
Epatage Necklace as I don't often see seed beads used with
chain, and Blue Lagoon Necklace as I thought the use of
the donut pendant was innovative. Overall I thought the
standard of entries was terrific and extremely inventive.
An absolutely superb effort from everyone, there is so
much talent out there!
Sara Hardin, Marketing Manager,
Soft Flex Company:
Wow! The Fashion Colorworks Contest inspired some very neat designs.
All too often, beading is considered more craft and less high fashion.
This contest is a wonderful showcase of how high fashion and beading
can work together to create looks that are current and modern for
today's woman. Soft Flex Company enjoyed sponsoring this wonderful
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