Mix It!

The theme of the 2013 IBA was “Mix It!” Old things, treasured things, inherited things and even “garbage” was to be (re-)used. The winners were announced on the 24th of August during the 3rd BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair. The submissions from professional artists and hobby beaders, as well as art teachers contained a range of everything — from a certain wistful remembrance of family history, alongside humorous recycling of childhood trinkets to sophisticated designs from materials that are otherwise tossed away. One category in particular lent itself well to this theme: “Mixed Media”. This is where we received the most versatile pieces. We would like to thank the members of the jury for their support and reviews: Laurence Darbas (France), Andréa Landau (Italy), Maggie Meister (USA), Kerrie Slade (UK) and Natacha Wolters (Germany).

Special thanks also go to our sponsors, who contributed generous prizes (gift certificates, books, accessories and packets of beads): All-Beads, Beadsmith, Beadalon, Claspgarten, Clover, fwMedia, G&B Beads, John James, Kalmbach, Knit Pro, Kronjuwelen, Leane Creatief, Miyuki, Perles & Co., Preciosa-Ornela, Rayher-Hobby, Searchpress and TOHO.

Contest Status

Winners Announced

Below are the winners of the IBA 2013.

Winners

Bead Embroidery

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Polymer Clay | Ceramic | Porcelain

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Off-Loom

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Metal | Wirework

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Loomwork

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Lampwork Beads

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Bead Crochet | Bead Knitting

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Paper | Textile

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Mixed Media | Experimental

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Sponsoring Companies

The Jury

Andréa Landau

Italy

The native Brasilian lives in Italy since 1986. Known by her goldsmith work and paintings she also has worked as a textile artist. Since 2006 she is working as a bead artist and attracts attention with her unusual 3D designs.

Laurence Darbas

France

A bead artist in the south of France, she has worked with this medium for the last 7 years. Her designs were published in numerous magazines (Germany, UK). She loves working with crystals and seed beads, mixes diverse techniques and experiments with unusual color combinations.

Maggie Meister

United States

The love of ancient history, color and patterns have followed her throughout her life and her designs have come to fruition during the time her family and she herself lived in Italy.

“In looking back, beads have always been a part of my life — from playing with Mardi Gras beads or collecting semi-precious stones as a young girl to my love of ancient and ethnic jewelry as I became older. Today seed beads have become the medium I use to translate my sources of inspiration into personal designs for adornment.

“When living in Naples, Italy, I was surrounded by ancient history. The fragments of Roman columns, mosaics and frescoes are my inspiration and I am grateful for those ‘ancient voices’. Translating these voices into designs fills my days with joy and wonder and I cherish my ‘connection’ with the past. Teaching and beading are ways for me to share this wonderful experience and bring those voices of the past into the present.”

Kerrie Slade

United Kingdom

The bead artist lives and works in the UK. As a freelance designer she takes on challenges with new types of beads and because of this sometimes works with companies to experiment with their innovations. Her work has been published in more than 30 books and magazines (Europe, USA).

Natacha Wolters

Germany

Textile artist, author and psychologist, born in France, lives in Berlin, Germany. She produces tapestries, textile miniatures and jewelry. She also paints and draws. Her works have been shown in many exhibitions (Paris, Berlin,Tokyo, London etc.) and were also aquired by large collections (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Corning Glass Museum in New York). She organizes the TEXTILE ART BERLIN show which was conceived by Dr. Christof Wolters in 2005.