The Halstead Design Challenge

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Last week, while attending the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference in New Orleans, I stopped by a gallery to check out the 30 pieces that made it to the finals of the Halstead Design Challenge. I was so pleased to be there when Katie Hacker and Hilary Halstead Scott from Halstead Bead announced the winners! This year's theme was MEMENTO, and all participants were required to make a brooch that featured a photograph of significance. Each artist was sent the same kit of materials to use. 

The pieces that advanced through the first round of competition were on display at a New Orleans art gallery called RHINO Contemporary Crafts Company, a gallery space run by non-profit that helps to foster public interest in fine Louisiana crafts and promote educational opportunities within the New Orleans community. What a great organization to partner with, and what a lovely space! 

The brooches were displayed in glass cases, some with a mirrored insert that provided us the opportunity to see the backs of the pieces as well. The mirrors of course also made it a bit difficult to photograph all the pieces, but I did my best! 

I loved seeing the different ways that each artist used the exact same materials. No two pieces were even remotely alike. 200 kits were sold to benefit SNAG, and each artist was required to use half of the materials provided. 

Check out the photo gallery below of the pieces in the gallery; I know I missed a few but if you follow Halstead on Facebook, I'm sure they'll have more pictures from the competition! Check out my post, Anatomy of a Brooch, which follows one artist's design process, and check back next week when we'll have an interview with the winner of MEMENTO, Jim Bove!

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