"Oh my goodness! I can’t even believe this! What an exciting phone call this is!"
- Bettye Monzo
Bettye Monzo's Double Deco double-sided necklace design is an amazing piece of art, both front and back. High quality stitching and precision use of thread tension make this sophisticated creation really shine, no matter which side you're wearing.
"This is so clever. I like this a lot!" - Chris
Japanese artist Keiko Wada's work is detailed, textured, three-dimensional--and beautiful. Flowers, both large and small, bloom in seed bead stitches across this gorgeous necklace titled Fantasy Garden that's both jewelry and art.
"What a variety of textures; very pretty." - Chris
Ezartesa's silvery grey seed bead work Universe echoes the colors and textures of its druzy centerpiece. The mix of smoothly beaded and three-dimensional work with the faintly sparkling druzy surface is a contrast that drew the eye of not only our trio of jewelry designers, but Chris herself.
"That's so elegant." - Chris
We liked Shot Through the Heart from the beadwork alone. When we discovered the decorative elements were constructed from upcycled firearm ammunition casings and components, we were floored. They aren't obvious and they're not over the top, just integral parts of the design. We loved it.
"Holy cow." - Employees
Nunzia's elaborate body harness Hybla unfurled the technical possibilities of beaded tatting. This clever and attractive design displays a phenomenal engineering skill in thread, bead and Swarovski crystal. Stuart was impressed by its structure and embellishment.
"Far and away spectacular." - Chris
With how the judging panel reached out to touch Ekaterina's necklace, we had to put a sign up: Don't stroke the feathers. This trendsetting design made our fashion folks stop in their tracks, buzzing about Milan street style and New York fashion week. The feathers in Storm Cloud are just as soft as they look.
No one could tear their eyes away from Juanita's beaded head of Medusa. She's hypnotic to look on, with her beads for eyes, chainmaille headband and twisted bugle bead hair. Plus the snakes, of course, each one beaded over a bendable, positionable wire core.