For the past decade, The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts in Nashville, TN has been sponsoring the extremely successful and popular Ugly Necklace Contest, which is more of a design challenge than one may think.
An Ugly Necklace from Land of Odds Website
Here's What Land of Odds, another sponsor has to say about the contest. "It is difficult to design an ugly necklace. A designer's mind and eyes want to take them away from "ugly" towards good principles of jewelry design. While a good deal of perceptions about what is ugly is subjective, there is a strong underlying, objective grammar of good jewelry design which steers even the weakest designer away from "ugly". Because of this any jewelry designer who attempts to achieve "Ugly", has to have enough control and discipline to override, perhaps overcome, intuitive, internally integrated principles of good design. Thus the best jewelry designers will be those artists who can design the ugliest necklaces.
Talk about reverse psychology. I am so getting this. It is too late to enter this year, but I am pretty sure that this is something I would love to do next year. It sounds like a lot of fun as well as being a different type of exercise in creativity. How about you would you do it? Would you create an ugly piece of jewelry or ugly artwork for prizes. Would you find it challenging? Or how about the writers following along for A to Z blogging? Would you consider writing a bad story an exercise in creativity? Would you do it for prizes?
Here is a link to the 2010 finalists page. http://www.landofodds.com/store/ugly8contest.htm . There is some amusing stuff here and as an extra challenge, they had to write a poem to go with the necklace.
TTYL and make it a good day,