In lots of ways, I’m a visual artist. I love looking at other people’s creations. I’ve got a Pinterest board that shows lots of other people’s work. Some are simple, others complex, but all of them are lovely.
Yesterday I stumbled across a FB group called Battle of the Beadsmith (BOTB). Let me tell you, I am FLOORED at the projects that have been displayed so far.
192 Artists, 40 Countries. A Celebration of Bead Artistry around the World
The Beadsmith, wholesale supplier of beads and products to 4,000 independent bead shops worldwide, has once again issued a call to arms, inviting 192 bead artists to participate in the second “Battle Of The Beadsmith”.
The Battle, or as some call it “the contest where you win nothing” affords participating artists Eight weeks, from April 1st, to create a single piece of original beadwork. Each piece is randomly paired with the work of another artist in one of three “64 member Battle Groups”. Works are judged by a combination competing artists, invited judges, and the general public to determine which artists will move on to the next “battle”, where the judging process begins again.