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Winners of the HARMONY Design challenge

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We had a record number of entries for the August Design Challenge on Facet, where we invited our readers and makers to create or share a work of jewelry in keeping with the theme HARMONY. 

It’s always a delight when a project turns out in a consistent, pleasing way. Our beads and components and cord and metalwork suddenly come together in a HARMONIOUS arrangement! It is pleasing to the eye in the way that music is pleasing to the ear. And yet there is structure, accord – an agreement in the way that the various elements blend together. That’s what we were looking for in this month’s Challenge. We're pleased to announce these three winners!

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The winner of the Metals category is Margaret Graine, who runs her business House of Jasper Silver Studio from McBride, British Columbia, Canada, located in the shadows of Mount Robson. Her piece, Romantic By Nature, represents the harmony of design in both its color and shape. 

The composition was based on the facets, colors and patterns inside the Canadian Ammonite, originally created by Nature. By using Sterling Silver and Shibuichi, Margaret carried this design in a scaled-down form to create this necklace. Silver chain was also hand-made using sterling silver wire, and her finished work was then oxidized to emphasize darker patterns in the stone. Stunning! 
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The winner of the Stitching category is Julie Hannah of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, for her piece, Berry Harmony. Julie tells us the truly inspirational story behind it:

"I created this piece using the colours of berries: blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. I love how the berry colours harmonise to create this beautiful piece and how the beautiful berry colours are stitched in to place to flow one colour in to the next.

However, the real harmony in this piece is in how and why it was created. I made this piece for a lady who had a laryngectomy and has a throat stoma. I had to challenge of making a piece that covered the stoma adequately, was breathable and easy to remove in an emergency. I made the piece to fit the lady and cover the stoma, it had to be light enough for her to lift and press her button underneath the piece to speak. I used a magnetic clasp so that the client could just pull it off in an emergency and it will fall away (no fiddly clasps to hold up removal). This particular lady had lost all confidence in going out in public. She felt too self conscious to go shopping so making a piece for her to wear enabled her to look pretty, hide her stoma and go out shopping not feeling that everyone was looking at her. I feel lucky to say that it really did bring harmony back to her life."

I created this piece using the colours of berries, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. I love how the berry colours harmonise to create this beautiful piece and how the beautiful berry colours are stitched in to place to flow one colour in to the next. However, the real harmony in this piece is in how and why it was created. I made this piece for a lady who had a laryngectomy and has a throat stoma. I had to challenge of making a piece that covered the stoma adequately, was breathable and easy to remove in an emergency. I made the piece to fit the lady and cover the stoma, it had to be light enough for her to lift and press her button underneath the piece to speak. I used a magnetic clasp so that the client could just pull it off in an emergency and it will fall away (no fiddly clasps to hold up removal). This particular lady had lost all confidence in going out in public. She felt too self conscious to go shopping so making a piece for her to wear enabled her to look pretty, hide her stoma and go out shopping not feeling that everyone was looking at her. I feel lucky to say that it really did bring harmony back to her life.
I created this piece using the colours of berries, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. I love how the berry colours harmonise to create this beautiful piece and how the beautiful berry colours are stitched in to place to flow one colour in to the next. However, the real harmony in this piece is in how and why it was created. I made this piece for a lady who had a laryngectomy and has a throat stoma. I had to challenge of making a piece that covered the stoma adequately, was breathable and easy to remove in an emergency. I made the piece to fit the lady and cover the stoma, it had to be light enough for her to lift and press her button underneath the piece to speak. I used a magnetic clasp so that the client could just pull it off in an emergency and it will fall away (no fiddly clasps to hold up removal). This particular lady had lost all confidence in going out in public. She felt too self conscious to go shopping so making a piece for her to wear enabled her to look pretty, hide her stoma and go out shopping not feeling that everyone was looking at her. I feel lucky to say that it really did bring harmony back to her life.
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Professional graphic artist by day and an award-winning jewelry designer by night, Lisa Tornello of New Jerseys the winner of our Wire category. Her piece, Charoite Scribble necklace, features cascading triangles of argentium sterling with brass accents, surrounding a beautiful charoite cabochon.

Inspired? Well, get our your protractor and start thinking about sharp right angles and sinuous curves, and bring GEOMETRY into your jewelry making during September!

The place where math, art, and jewelry combine is a curious intersection. A designer needs insure that their piece has structure and balance in addition to being attractive. Earrings, necklaces, brooches and other jewelry often feature geometric shapes, and that’s no accident. Multiplying by 3.14 can create the perfect arcs, and the intersection of perpendicular wires and threads can form lovely, interesting angles. Shape, shadow and light can all come into play, whether the jewelry piece is two-dimensional pendant or a six-sided vessel. We all use cones, tubes, cubes and cylinders; let’s make good use of our prisms, pyramids, ovals and octagons!

We would love for all beaders, metalsmiths, clay artists and other makers to interpret this theme in their own way and produce a work as creative as it is beautiful. Enter the September Design Challenge today!

 
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