This should be symbolized by taking a component out of nature and incorporating it into a jewelry design (eg. feathers, stones, nuts, seeds, wood, shells and the like). In addition, a technical component (from a machine, the toolbox, etc.) should be integrated.
Besides good technical execution, it was all about fantasy and originality — the latter being highly rated. Therefore, non-professionals also have a good chance of being among the 10 winners or the 25 nominees!
The jury (see below) has already done its work. Now it’s your turn! Choose your favorites by giving them points between 1 and 10. You have until (and including) December 15th. The results will decide the public favorite.
Nadya Gerber worked as a young woman in the production and processing of glass. She discovered working with glass beads in 2009. She is known for being a dynamic designer as she loves asymmetrical design and the unusual composition of components, where beauty and harmony are always guaranteed. She has already received several prizes in jewelry design competitions and regularly teaches workshops.
Kinga Nichols was born in 1980 in Hungary and moved to the US in her late teens. From painting murals she switched her art into jewelry design. She has been teaching her own bead embroidery designs very successfully in the US. She took part in jewelry competitions a couple of times where she was among the finalists or won. Also she is author of video tutorials of her art. Kinga wants to inspire students to look at the world through some humorous, colorful lenses.
Martina Schlemminger is a thoroughbred lampworker owning the smallest glass museum in Germany. She is active as tester of glass for the glass factory Lauscha/Germany and is tirelessly present at events, to acquaint new ones with this old craft. She likes to try out unusual glasses, e.g. forest glass (to which she adds meteorite dust) and uranium glass.
Silke Steuernagel has been a jewelry designer for many years with a preference for perfect technique and clear lines. In addition, she is the author of the book “To Catch a Crystal” and editor of Perlen Poesie. She likes to incorporate unusual materials.
Joanne Zammit is a gifted jewelry designer from the Mediterranean Island of Malta. She had her first training in color and design in the early 1990's whilst studying Interior Design and discovered beadwork around 12 years ago. She also took courses in Jewelry Manufacture & Design as well as Silver Filigree, but beadwork is what she loves most. In 2014 she was given Malta’s National Artisan Award.