The Winter Solstice has just passed, the shortest day and longest night of the year. It’s a turning point, the moment when the Earth begins its journey towards Spring. In many traditions, this astronomical phenomenon signifies rebirth, a fresh beginning, and is celebrated with gatherings, rituals, and bonfires. Cyclical patterns, elliptical orbits, sunsets and sunrises, ancient mythologies: what Midwinter tradition will you celebrate in your jewelry design for the first month of the New Year?
For this first month of 2017, we invite all jewelry makers to share with us a piece of jewelry in keeping with our next theme, SOLSTICE. A fresh beginning, perhaps a first attempt at a new design or a new skill? A new pattern, a new way that your work catches the Winter light, maybe even just the first piece created in a newly-organized studio! Show us your ever-changing, ever-evolving jewelry style. We would love for all beaders, metalsmiths, clay artists and other makers to interpret the theme SOLSTICE in their own way and produce a work as creative as it is beautiful.
Any time between now and January 25, submit a photo of your work and a brief description of how your piece fits the theme. At the conclusion of the contest, the Facet editorial staff will vote, and OUR FAVORITE PIECES will be announced. We will share photos of the winning pieces on our social media sites and in our newsletter, so be sure to include links to your personal website, Etsy shop, Instagram or anywhere else that our readers can view more of your work. If you’d like to participate in a Five Question Spotlight about your work and your inspiration, we’d love to run it on Facet.
You may submit two images for each monthly contest. You can find an entry form, as well as other rules for the Facet Design Challenge on our contest site. You can also see all the lovely pieces in one place in our newly redesigned Design Challenge page!
NEW THIS MONTH: vote for your favorite pieces! During the last week of each monthly Design Challenge (January 18-25), you can help us choose our new Reader's Choice Award, so be sure to come back and check out all the entries. We can’t wait to have you share your work with the Facet community, and gain inspiration from the work of your fellow jewelers.