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Beadwork magazine has announced the call for entries to its fifth juried exhibition–an international competition with the theme of The Beaded Bag. Beading artists, crafters, and designers from around the world will have the opportunity to gain recognition and share their creative vision as Beadwork pumps up the fashion quotient in the 2007 exhibition. From functional to figurative to miniature, all beaded bags are eligible for entry: amulet bags, evening bags, makeup bags, handbags, mailbags, and beyond. Bags can be knitted, stitched, crocheted, felted, or just beaded– any combination of techniques is allowed, as long as at least 50 percent of the bag is comprised of beads.

Winning designs will be exhibited at Bead Expo, Beadwork’s annual bead show and symposium, held in Oakland, Calif., April 11-15, 2007 where the Best in Show winner will be recognized. (CRAFT will be there at this event.) The designs also will travel to Philadelphia in the fall, where they will be exhibited at Bead Fest, the annual bead show sponsored by Step by Step Beads, Step by Step Wire, and Lapidary Journal. Winning pieces will also appear in a special issue of Beadwork in 2007. All entries are due on January 12, 2007. Pictured here is Thom Atkins’ “The Big Blue Fish Bag”.Link.