That’s a real question. And it’s also the whole point of the Ugly Necklace Contest put on by Land of Odds, now in its 6th year.
I’m thinking, just off the top of my head, of a Cleopatra-inspired collar necklace of old stogie butts, balls of duct tape, and radium-orange plastic friendship beads, all strung on fishing line and ornamented with wisps of dog hair.
We’ve all had, er, disappointments in craft projects or artwork… right?
So why not turn failure to triumph (and a chance at a $992.93 shopping spree) by deliberately setting out to make the butt-ugliest necklace you can possibly imagine to create?
Write a short poem about your ugly necklace, and send it with three good colour photos (or scans) of the finished piece to Land of Odds. Full contest rules are here, and you’ve got until 15 March 2008to enter.
Entries will be judged by a panel from The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts, based on a really clever and complicated point system for “the hideousness of the necklace, its shape, color and use of materials, its functionality and wearability, how well the artist has shown an understanding of good design principles (and how to violate them) to achieve this Ugly end, and the quality of the accompanying poem.”
[via Lampwork Art]