On a Journey of Discovery

Do you like to travel? Do you like to see and study the shapes, patterns and colors inspired by certain regions or nations?

Living conditions, customs and traditions of countries and regions vary considerably and can provide an infinite wealth of jewelry inspirations: Who has not heard of, admired and been amazed by the red lacquer of China, the bamboo illustrations of Japan, the bright colors of Indian Saris, the large geometric forms of Africa, the Venetian carnival, the costumes and jewelry of various ethnic groups such as the Matryoshkas of Russia, oriental mosaic tiles and Moroccan palace lamps?

Let them inspire you to create a work of art. You are relatively free to choose your own theme. Maybe it’s your native country or a travel experience, impressions from a book or the Internet — whatever it is that stirs your imagination, please tell us the source when you submit your artwork.

Above all this is about the beauty of design and good execution of craftsmanship — not political or religious messages.

Categories

> Wearable Jewelry (also for men)
> Objects of Art

There will be 5 winners in each category, as well as a Readers’ Choice Award.

Dates

Nominees will be announced in the June 2015 issue of Perlen Poesie. Winners will be presented at the 5th BEADERS BEST Bead Art Fair in 2015 and in the September 2015 issue of Perlen Poesie.

Rules

Beads should be worked using thread or wire in the commonly known techniques. They may be combined with other materials such as polymer clay, paper, leather, metal, lampwork, etc. Beginners are also welcome.

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Winners Announced

Below are the winners of the IBA 2015.

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The Jury

Melissa Ingram

Australia

Melissa Ingram is a Brisbane based artist whose designs have been published internationally, an awarded beadwork and textile artist, project designer, tutor and writer.

Project tutorials, patterns and articles designed and written by Melissa have appeared in more than thirty editions of international beading and jewelry magazines. Her designs also appear in publications by other internationally known artists and include: Marcia DeCoster’s “Presents Interviews with 30 Artists, and “Beads in Motion”, “Soutache” by Anneta Valious and “Designing Beaded Jewellery” by Margie Deeb.

Melissa’s beadwork was also juried into Lark’s “Showcase 500 Beaded Jewellery” and “500 Necklaces”. Her beadwork awards include both a finalist and a place winner in the prestigious Bead & Button’s Bead Dreams contests 2012 and 2013.

Melissa’s beading interests span 20 years, exploring a variety of mediums. However, since 2008 beading has become her full time passion. She has developed a number of techniques working with resins, polymer clay, metal clay and wire work. Current interests are bead embroidery, Soutache and incorporating Shibori silk ribbons into designs. Melissa is also a collector of rare and vintage Swarovski elements.

Isabella Lam

Israel

Isabella Lam, a leading beadwork designer who lives in Israel, started beading in 2009. She creates wonderful designs of beaded jewelry using new beads in unique combination. Isabella Lam and her husband Avi own the lovely bead shop “Hut Hashani”. Isabella’s designing of beaded jewelry became her profession over the years.

Isabella Lam teaches workshops in Israel since 2009. She published many beading patterns in professional magazines such as Bead&Button and Perlen Poesie. Isabella believes that if you are interested in giving beads a try, she will help you create elegant and unique beadwork jewelry which will most certainly get you noticed. In 2012 Isabella started selling her How to D.I.Y. Kits for necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings in various colors.

Martina Nagele

Germany

Martina Nagele, known as an avid bead artist since 2006, lives near Bonn, Germany. She works primarily with seed beeds but also likes to mix unusual materials. Above all, she loves clean, geometric forms. In 2012 she was the first German to hold a workshop at the renowned Bead & Button Show in the USA.

Sherry Serafini

United States

Sherry Serafini is a beadwork artist who has been creating beaded body adornment since 1997. Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones to a felt like base. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Sherry lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and her work has been published widely in major industry magazines. Her latest piece, Demon of Screamin’, recently won 1st place in Bead Dreams 2013 International Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sherry has a graphic design degree and has also studied fine arts and art history. She was voted one of the Top Ten Teachers in the U.S. by Bead&Button magazine 2010 and does design work for Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.

Helena Tang-Lim

Singapore

Helena Tang-Lim started beading in the mid-1990s so that she could make a pair of beaded shoes for herself. Her passion for the colourful, glittering little balls of glass and crystal was born. As a predominantly selftaught artist, Helena specializes in tiny seed beads using many off-loom techniques to create colourful, exquisite beaded creations. After leaving a fulfilling and rewarding career managing an eyewear distribution company, Helena decided to fulfil her dreams to have a career in beading. She now spends her time “painting” with her beads to create beaded jewellery and objects. Her work in beaded wearables often resemble fine haute joaillerie which she loves. Inspired by the colours and cultures of her adopted country of Singapore, many of her works incorporate accents and nuances of her people and races.