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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ugly Necklace Contest

Here's an amusing thought, what if you could win a prize for creating a truely ugly piece of jewelry? What if you could submit your worst work and take 1st place?  Wouldn't you love to turn your "Ugly" into a major shopping spree?

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,
Debbie

21 comments:

Halinka said...

Pheeee...:-))
I could have given my 'green star' pendant for such a contest,but unluckily-luckily I've spoiled it,because it was below my ambition and looked so boring and ugly,that I couldn't keep it any longer.I was tempted once,seeing all those 'rosettes' on Blogger-all around made mostly by the Hungarian women and wanted to try.Only one difference was,that theirs are still sometimes nice,thought the 'topic' of such pendants is boring-mine was boring from the beginning to the end.That was the one work of mine,spoiled with premeditation and satisfaction:-)) Today,maybe I would have won the first prize-hahahaa...:-)
But still You can see it in the archive of my blog:-))
Hugs-Halinka-

JoJo said...

I love the Land of Odds site! I ordered from them not too long ago. Those necklaces are kind of cool, in an ugly kind of way. I don't know if I could make something ugly on purpose, but I've made some real clunkers w/o trying. lol

Amalie said...

It what it lacks in pretty, it makes up for in spicy. Look! Tobasco and Emeril's spicy whatever that is!

Miss Val's Creations said...

This is hysterical! I am horrified by the finalist designs at Land of Odds. LOL. It would be challenging to create a totally ugly necklace!

Julie Daines said...

I had no idea such a thing existed. That is a hideous necklace and looks extremely uncomfortable to wear. Crazy!

michelle said...

I was thinking about this Ugly Necklace Competition... I think the desire to create something appealing and eye-catching is innate in most artists... so it must be very difficult to create an ugly piece of jewellery.

Another thing crossed my mind - what is ugly? A perception that may differ from person to person? I think that some of the high-fashion European catwalks showcase "ugly" creations by "top" designers... I wouldn't be caught dead in some of those designs... I wonder if people really wear some of the items...
Just my thoughts...

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I like the concept of the "ugly" necklace. I'd hang juice cans and pop cans and bags of cookies and chips ... and then snack on them all day and end up fatter than ever. Jewellery with a purpose. I love it.
Thanks so much for dropping in on thefeatherednest....happy a to z'ing.

Liz said...

What an interesting idea. The ability to force yourself to think outside the box, tocreate anything without the pre-conceived notions of what is right, wrong or dictated by society. Sounds like some serious freedom to me.

Thanks for the thought provocation :D

Best wishes,
Liz

Arlee Bird said...

Any necklace that includes a bottle of Tabasco sauce is just fine in my book.


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