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LET THE CONTEST BEGIN........Lg Hole Slide Jewelry Design Contest Starts Today!

Jul-22-2014

HANDMADE SLIDER BEAD - JEWLERY DESIGN CONTEST

YOUR DESIGN MUST INCLUDE ONE OR MORE KAZURI OR SAMUNNAT LARGE HOLE SLIDE BEAD(S) TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRY INTO THE CONTEST.  SEE CONTEST DETAILS BELOW.......

 

Contest rules

Jul-22-2014

Show off your jewelry designs featuring either Kazuri ceramic beads or Samunnat polymer clay large hole slider beads and you could win a prize with our latest design contest. Not only that, you will be helping  these women's collectives thrive. 


This contest will be judged by prestigious judges ( see below) .   Although we can only choose one 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize - you are all winners in the hearts of the women of Kazuri and Samunnat.  Also you'll have created something new and wonderful. 

Each design must contain at least one Kazuri or Sammunat large hole slider bead
No limit to number of designs entered
Technique and other materials used will be up to each entrant
Design Contest deadline is August 28, 2014.
Send your photos as JPEG files to  -   paulette@kazuriwest.com 

The winning designs will receive the following prizes :

 1st Prize $100.00 gift certificate to be used on our website - Kazuriwest
 2nd Prize $50.00  gift certificate to be used on our website
 3rd prize   5 asst beads - (we will choose a nice selection for you.
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 Entries will be judged by a prestigious international team :

Pearl Blay - Canadian Jewelry Artisan and author of the highly popular jewelry blog , The Beading Gem's Journal.  She is a Design Ambassador as well as a product and jewelry book reviewer for many companies both small and large. She is very active on social media. 

Kerrie Slade -  Award winning beadwork designer from the UK. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines around the world. She also teaches internationally as well as sells her seed bead patterns via her website.  Kerrie  writes her own blog as well as a monthly blogger for Bead & Button magazine and is also a Design Ambassador for Preciosa Ornela.   

Sandra Francour - Award winning jewelry artist in San Diego, CA. Her work is sold in boutiques, galleries and museums, including The San Diego Museum of Art, The Women’s Museum of California, The Mingei International Museum, and The Huntington in Pasadena.  She has traveled extensively throughout the world and her experiences with so many different cultures provide her with the inspiration for much of her jewelry.  

Paulette Walther of Kazuri Beads USA -  Master Distributor of Kazuri beads (Kenya) and Master Distributor of Samunnat beads (Nepal).   Jewelry Designer and Design assistance and product development for the ladies of Kazuri and Samunnat.


              Winner announced the first week of Sept

 

 

 

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Kazuri Founder - Lady Susan Wood was born (1918) in a mud hut in an African village. Her parents were missionaries from England in the Ituri Forest. Lady Wood was sent back to England to be educated and married Michael Wood, a surgeon. They came to Kenya in 1947. They were dedicated to making a difference and Lady Wood started a coffee plantation on the Karen Blixen estate, famous from the award winning movie "Out of Africa" , at the foot of the Ngon'g Hills, about 30 minutes from the bustling Nairobi city center in Kenya. Lady Wood was a visionary, an unsung hero of her time. She assisted her husband in founding the East African Flying Doctor Service, which expanded into the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) of which Michael Wood was Director General for 29 years. Michael Wood was knighted in 1985.
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