What our jurors say
Albina Polyanskaya, Ukraine
Fashion Colorworks contest is international and since
the beginning it immediately became appreciable with its
high-level submissions and stood in one row even with
well-known bead artists' competitions. I just admire how
strong on technique and design beadworks sent to the
second Fashion Colorworks are! This year competition
was very hard, most of the works not only very
accurately reflected the proposed color combinations,
but were stunningly creative and flawless in execution.
I would like to thank the My Lovely Beads for a very
convenient and an objective system of evaluation. If
you would have to evaluate on an "LIKE - DON'T LIKE"
(that would be terrible!), the jury could earn a
strong nervous disorder - try subjectively determine
the favorites when you like 90% of all work! As well,
that's great that impassively automated system is
I congratulate the winners of the contest, competition
was not easy, as you and can see themselves looking at
the works, but that and more valuable! I congratulate
all finalists, being juried into the final is very a
great success! And I congratulate all Fashion Colorworks
Of course, some of the beadweavers are disappointed
that their works are not passed in the final. But
believe me, it is also move forward and success! How
many times during the evaluation work, I caught
myself thinking of what I could submit to the contest
to meet high requirements! I came to the conclusion
that I would have to work very hard to be competitive
with other participants. And you have already done that!
Maiko Kage Felton, USA
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It was an honor to be one of jurors for the Fashion
Colorworks 2011. I was deeply impressed by the quantity
and quality of the entries. Many of the entries displayed a
high degree of creativity and technical skill. And the
finalists were simply fantastic.
Judging this contest was indeed a challenging exercise.
There were so many entries to review and rate. Fortunately
the contest organizer, My Lovely Beads, did an excellent
job organizing the evaluation process. I found the method
of evaluating the entries extremely fair and objective.
As a juror I had to rate each entry in five areas: color
combination, composition, technique, use of material
and overall impression. We should always be mindful of
the aforementioned criteria not only for our contest
entries but for all of our beading endeavors. And this
bring us to the essence of this contest: Not only does
Fashion Colorworks celebrates and honors the best of
the best, but it also inspires all of us - contestants, jurors
and spectators - to achieve a higher level of competency
and discipline in our beadweaving.
If your work was not one of the finalists, I encourage
you to continue pursuing your beading passion, hone
your technical skills, and never stop expanding your
creative boundaries. For the finalists, I applaud your
discipline, creativity and overall competence.
Everyone, I'd like to give you a deep bow and a hearty
kudos for participating in this contest. I look forward
to seeing your entries in Fashion Colorworks 2012!
Peter Sewell, UK
I was invited to be one of the three judges for this
competition by Zoya Gutina. The Fashion Colorworks
competition is fast becoming one of the major online
competitions for beaders and beadweavers across the
globe, and I was honored to be asked to participate
as a judge.
Zoya had made it as easy as possible for
us to log on and rate the entries, by grading them
from 1 to 10 in five disciplines, the last being
"overall impression" - this is always a good idea as
sometimes all the technical criteria can be met
without the piece having that "wow" factor.
I lost count of the entries, I think there were
close to two hundred in all categories. Many of these
entries were original, innovative, and beautiful to
look at, but a lot of entries shouldn't have been
entered into this competition, or any other
competition. That may sound harsh, but I shall
explain my reasoning. Some of the entries completely
ignored the color requirements, some of the entries
were simply thrown together with no intention of
matching any of the requirements, some of the
photographs made the pieces almost unrecognizable
due to bad focusing, or bad backgrounds, and some
of the entries made it seem as if the entrant really
didn't want to be there!
Having said that, there were some absolutely stunning
entries, which reflected hours upon hours of thought
and planning to make that piece worth a place amongst
its peers. These were by far the hardest to judge!
As a beadweaver I expected to find a favorite in the
beadweaving category - how wrong I was! My overall
favorite - which only dropped two points in my
judging - was in the Beaded Objects And Accessories
section! I did have some surprising favorites in
other sections though, it was quite an eye opening
experience to discover what I liked and didn't like.
This competition should run and run, I believe it has
all the ingredients for a major international online
beading contest, and whoever wins should be very
proud of their winning entry - it went through some
very stringent judging!
I look forward to Fashion Colorworks 2012!