Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July Monthly Challenge

"Two Acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905
Gouache, 105.5cm x 75cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

About the Art
Our inspiration this month is from Picasso's his Rose Period. The Rose Period signifies the time when the style of Pablo Picasso's painting used cheerful orange and pink colours in contrast to the cool, somber tones of the previous Blue Period. The Rose Period lasted from 1904 to 1906. Harlequins, circus performers and clowns appear frequently in the Rose Period and  will populate Picasso's paintings at various stages through the rest of his long career. The harlequin, a comedic character usually depicted in checkered patterned clothing, became a personal symbol for Picasso..

About the Artist
Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.
Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

We have a new spin to our challenge this month.  We'd like encourage you to make a blue bracelet inspired by our challenge piece and consider sending it in to the 7000 Bracelets Project.  Take a moment to read about this program that offers awareness and support for caregivers of children with rare genetic diseases.  I know that many in our community have participated and there have been some wonderful blog hops, but I'd like to rally our readers together to donate at least 200 bracelets this month.  That is only 10% off our daily subscribers and I know we can do it!  To date the 7000 Bracelets project have collected over 1000 bracelets.

Blog Tour
The Blog Tour deadline is July 28th.
***Note Change***
Links must be added to the Art Bead Scene flickr page where you upload your entry
The Blog Tour will be on the 31st.

Monthly Challenge Winners
Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on August 1st.

Our Sponsors
Our Sponsors this month are Golem Design Studios and Creative Impressions In Clay.
Please visit us tomorrow to see the prizes!

Featured Designer of the Week:
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.

How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork. 
An Art Bead must be used in your piece to qualify for the monthly challenge.
***Beads strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply wire or cord will not be accepted.***

2. Upload your photo to our flickr group. Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a tutorial for sending your picture to the group.
Please add the tag or title JULY ABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.
Deadline is July 31st. Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn't followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.

What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.

***A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.
Beaded beads, stamped metal pendants or wire-wrapped components are not considered art beads for our challenge.***

p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.


m.e. said...

I was actually toying with the idea of skipping a month during the busy summer. But,I definitely want to help ABS contribute to Bracelets of Hope.Wonderful idea !!! m.e. :)

A Polymer Penchant said...

I love the spin this month! I have seen that logo before I'm sure but I don't think I had read the concept before in its entirety. When I did my degree part of my favourite subject mater was gene regulation. My brain is revving up research mode!

Leah Curtis said...

Love the theme and the donation idea. I will see what I can do this month.

lamplight crafts said...

Hello: You know if you add one of those Share buttons, it would make sharing info about this easier for most readers. Then I wouldn't have to come back just to let you know I posted about this on my blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Empty nester at last said...

I posted again and uploaded my new pictures. I created bracelets this time just to donate, the piece I was going to submit I just can't decide what to do, but it made me work out of my comfort zone...check it out at my blog



Kimisjewelryandgifts said...

Here is my blog & I posted to the flicker group. I will be sending in my bracelets Monday. I created 4 total to donate. 2 for this challenge and 2 for another challenge that sponsored the same charity. What a great experience thank you for introducing me to this charity. I love making beads and they love polymer clay beads so I cant wait to make more beads to send to them.

Here is my blog: http://kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-abs-monthly-challenge-7000.html

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I just submitted my photo last night but I wonder if it was too late? My photo hasn't appeared on the ABS flickr page yet so I suspect I may have done something wrong.

Kimisjewelryandgifts said...

Hi there, I had so much fun I created 4 total bracelets. Im submitting my second entry for the challenge today. I already posted them to flicker. Here is my blog on my second entry

Artbeadscene July monthly challenge was for Bracelets for hope, inspired by Pablo Picasso painting "Two Acrobats and a dog & 7000 Bracelets for hope. All bracelets in the challenge are donated to the charity. I had so much fun I made 4 to donate. to see all of them visit my blogs : kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-abs-challe...

Sharyl said...

Posted my blog entry earlier this month, but forgot to post in Flickr. Done now, but too late I think. Sending my blog url so hopefully someone will take a look! Enjoyed this month's challenge as always!