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The 2018 Halstead Design Challenge

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What happens when you give the same exact prompt to two different artists? Chances are they will conjure up two very different creations, because no two artist is alike! 

The Halstead Challenge, a design competition for jewelry makers, is inspired by just that: each year, all participating artists are presented with the same challenge kit and instructions. What follows is a nearly six-month intensive design process.

Sponsored by Halstead Bead, final jurying took place at the annual conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) in May.

This year, artists were given a 44-piece kit, which included sheet metal, chain segments, wire, metal blanks, and faceted beads. From these materials, artists were asked to create a brooch or convertible pendant under 4” x 4” x 1”. Only 200 challenge kits were available and sold out quickly. Artists were responsible for utilizing as many components as possible, with a minimum of 50% of kit items used. In addition, they were asked to include one clearly visible found object component in their brooch. Once the designer finished their piece, they submitted it, along with an artist's statement, to the competition. 

The theme of this year's challenge? Hidden. Compartments, enclosures, hidden treasures. Show us your best mechanisms, fabrication techniques and creative use of a found object -- all brought to life as a brooch or convertible pendant! And to make it more interesting: incorporate a surprising element for the viewer to discover. 

The below gallery features the submissions that were selected and displayed during the annual conference. For more information about each artist and their creation, view the online exhibition gallery!

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