Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ugly Is In the Eye of the Beholder

By Liz Stewart of Lush Beads

Making a truly ugly necklace is actually quite difficult. Everyone has a varying tastes in colors and styles, so what you think is ugly may be quite lovely to someone else. As a designer, it is hard to put aside your good design sense and break the rules.

Personally, I dislike yellow. It looks awful on me, and I struggle when I work with it. Supposedly yellow and purple go well together, but I can't bring myself to try it.

Sometimes "ugly" means you mixed materials together that don't quite work. For example, maybe you should avoid putting your Swarovski pearls with your dyed lime green faceted ovals and your orange-tone painted wooden beads....

And sometimes, "ugly" means you are mixing too many different shapes together...

As artists and designers, we usually try to avoid doing "ugly." Sometimes it's good to step outside the box and challenge yourself. Do you feel up to the challenge? My shop, Lush Beads, is holding its first Ugly Necklace Contest. Judging will be done in conjunction with our 5th anniversary sale and celebration on the weekend of May 2-3, 2009.

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