When you submit entries to Bead Dreams you pay the submission fee of $US30 and for that you may submit two pieces ... so I submitted Melbournian, just because! Some of you may already know of this particular piece "Melbournian". Melbournian will be published in the book Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry (Lark Publishing) (August 2012) she was selected along with my cuff design Magic Carpet Ride. Thus Melbournian is not only an internationally published piece but also awarded as she is a Bead Dream finalist and Bead Dream 3rd Place winner in the Crystal Jewelry Category.
What you might not know is that Melbournian was my 'grief' piece created when we moved from Melbourne, Victoria to Brisbane, Queensland. My intention was to submit Melbournian to Bead Dreams 2011 but I just became overwhelmed from the move and did not complete her in time. To date she is my most successful piece of beadwork.
Tequila Sunrise is the piece that I created and submitted for no other reason than Bead Dream's itself. The bead woven fan design neckpiece took 5 months to design and bead and has won 3rd place in the Seed Bead Category.
As a first time entrant to this contest I am giddy with delight that I managed to achieve such a feat, twice!!
Tequila Sunrise and Melbournian returned home to Australia this week, complete with their respective ribbons, a box full of Swarovski Elements, the Swarovski magazine 'Sound', a congratulatory note from Kalambach Publishing and the Judges Notes. I plan to talk about the Judges notes in particular as a separate blog as they are of considerable interest.
I intend submitting an entry/ies to the 2013 Bead Dreams Bead Artisty Contest. Ideas have already formulated in my mind, however they need to stay there awhile longer as I am currently preparing beadwork for a new beading book about worldwide beading connections of which I will be a featured beading artist.