Monday, August 22, 2011

October Team Members Challenge Theme "Inspired By Picasso"

Sarah Breese of BohoDameDesigns won our August Challenge Team Poll, and her prize is selecting our October theme. She tells us:

"Recently I visited the Picasso exhibit at the de Young Museum in lovely San Francisco. Creatively speaking, it was incredibly inspirational for me as a beading artist. I thought it would be fun for you all to do a bit of research on Pablo Picasso's many different styles and create your own beadwoven masterpiece, inspired by his work.

Picasso's journey as an artist took him through many different periods such as Blue, Rose, Cubism, Neo-Classicism, and Surrealism. With so many artistic periods to choose from, the sky is the limit for this challenge.

If you would like to work from a specific drawing, painting or sculpture - as I did with my "Inspired by Picasso" bracelet - that is perfectly fine. You can reference your source of inspiration in the description, but it is copyright infringement to post any photos of Picasso’s work along with your work, and direct copying of any portion of his imagery is also prohibited, and will result in disqualification.
I hope you all have a blast doing a bit of research and learning about one of the greatest artists of modern times."

You may begin your entry today, August 21st, and must list your finished item by midnight Etsy time on October 5th. Please be sure you read the following challenge rules that apply to EVERY challenge and understand them as well.

Any EBW member may create one new beadweaving of your own design (not from a kit, book, magazine, or class) in response to the challenge theme. You work should be entirely beadwoven, or have a substantially woven component, to feature and promote our art form. You may not renew an existing piece or list a tutorial as an entry.

Members are expected to participate in challenges when possible, and required to do so once each year. Start the weaving anytime after the theme is announced. Complete and list the work for sale on Etsy by the 5th of the month of the challenge, before midnight Etsy (Eastern Standard) time. Your listing date is proof you entered by the deadline, and also determines your placement in the mosaic, so DO NOT RENEW your work until after the voting poll opens on the 9th. If your listing sells, you can still participate in the challenge, but please alert the moderators to the sale.

Your listing must include the following four (4) things:
1. The theme of the challenge. For example, “This (describe your work) was created for the Etsy Beadweavers Team (insert the month) challenge on the theme (insert the title of the theme).”
2. An explanation of how your work relates to the theme.
3. The address of our team blog where the voting will take place and the voting dates. For example, “Please visit our team blog, between the 9th and 15th and vote for your favorite entry.”
4.Tag your entry EBWC. This is how we find your entry. Please test this tag by searching "handmade" and "EBWC" on Etsy. If your entry does not appear in this search within an hour after listing and tagging it, please contact a moderator for assistance. Please do not apply this tag until after the previous challenge poll closes on the 15th, and remove the tag after the voting poll closes, so entries for the next month’s challenge can be featured.

About Promoting the Public Voting Poll
The purpose of the public poll is to bring as many viewers to our team blog as possible, increasing awareness of Etsy Beadweavers and our art form. The winner of the public poll should be the work that the most viewers liked the best. Promote the challenge by inviting as many friends, acquaintances, co-workers and family members as you like to vote for their favorite entry. Please use your blog, Facebook, Twitter and any other resources you have to drive traffic to our blog during the challenge. Feel free to say which entry is yours. Many friends will choose to support you with a vote. But please DO NOT request that your friends vote for your work, or that of another member. Please let them make up their own minds about which entry they like the best. Let’s play fair with each other, and keep our challenges fun for all.


  1. looks like I need to do some research, sounds interesting...

  2. This is a great theme, can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  3. What a FABULOUS theme! I am going to have to make a point to participate in this challenge as my first as a member of Etsy Beadweavers. Thank you, Sarah, for taking us down an amazing road of inspiration!

  4. Wow! Awesome theme I love it! BTW, if you have etsy coupon you can share your coupon at