Studio Musings

Friday, January 24, 2014

Call for Entry - Now Accepting Submissions

This is a call for entry for my upcoming book Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Designing Original Art Jewelry and Beyond.

What I'm looking for are original designs, high-quality photos and a wide range of styles.  The predominant beading style of all work submitted for consideration must be freeform peyote, though pieces may include other beading styles, stitches and media.  Works may be jewelry, accessories or small sculptural pieces.  The Call for Entry is open to all artists, whether within the United States or international.

There will be two levels of participation: 

A) Images of Works - One to two images per artist.  I will use these pieces to help illustrate specific design or construction elements and/or in gallery pages.  The caption will include the artist’s name (and photographer’s name, if different) and the title of the piece.

The artists and their works will be listed in an index of photographs, with a link/URL to their website, blog or estore.  In addition, each artist will receive a digital copy of the completed book.

B) Featured Artists - Here, I'm looking for artists willing to share information about their creative process as well as their finished piece.  The goal is a quick peek into your process, including two to four progress photos and your source of inspiration as well as the finished piece along with some commentary about your process.

The featured artists and their works will be listed in an index of photographs, with a link/URL to their website, blog or estore and will have a short biographical statement associated with their work.  In addition, these artists will receive a print copy of the finished book and a $50 token of appreciation for their contribution.


Copyright:  All work must be submitted by the artist who designed and stitched the piece.  You must hold the copyright to the design.  If your work was inspired by the work of another artist, please include the name of the artist and their work, explaining how it acted as your inspiration.

Works submitted for consideration should be relatively new, produced within the past three years, preferably that has not been published in any other print format, to avoid potential licensing infringements.  If your work has been reproduced in another book or magazine, you must let me know where as there may be copyright/licensing issues involved.  If your work has appeared on a blog or other digital format, please let me know this as well (including URLs where available) and whether it was that particular photograph that was used for the site.

Licensing: If your work is accepted into this project, you agree not to publish your work in any other format (including your personal blog and social media pages) until the publication date of the book, or December 31, 2014 if the book has not yet been released.  You retain all rights to your photograph and to the original work.  You grant Karen Williams and Skunk Hill Studio the right to reproduce photographs of your work in print and digital formats, including publicity materials (websites, press releases, blog posts, postcards, etc) related to the book.

Image Format & Sizes:  Images may be submitted as .JPG or .PNG.  Minimum file size (1500x2000pixels), Maximum file size 3MB (3072KB).  If your image is selected for inclusion, I may contact you to see if it is available in a larger format.

Photography Hints:  I am looking for the highest quality images as well as the highest quality work.  If you're looking for tips and hints to improve your photography, I highly recommend The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos by Heidi Adnum.  Remember to keep backgrounds simple - the focus should be on your jewelry.

Deadline:  The deadline to apply is Monday, March 31st.  I will be selecting work for inclusion in my book project in an ongoing process throughout the application period.


I'm Seeking Backers for this Project

I'm running a Kickstarter campaign to help crowdfund and support the production of this book.  Right now my budget is very slim, meaning I will need to keep the number of external artists (especially featured artists) low.

More artists means a broader range of ideas and inspiration as every artist has their own style and method of working.  Your support and a successful Kickstarter will allow me to greatly expand the number of artists’ whose work is included in the book.

Submitting your work:

Click here for the official submission form

If you you would like to be considered as a featured artist, make sure to include at least one work-in-progress image and indicate your interest in the additional information section.

I am using an EmailMeForm account to standardize data collection.  Due to upload limitations, the maximum file size for each image is 3MB, with a maximum of three images per entry.  You may submit up to two Call for Entry applications if you would like to submit more than three images. 

Any questions?  Let me know! 


  1. Hi Karen - I would love to be a part of this project. There is a style of freeform I was hoping to talk to you about that I've started to call 'organized freeform' that is still predominately peyote, but uses a mix of other stitches as well. I'll send a separate email to you

    1. Yes, I would very much like to see your work! I'll look forward to hearing from you. -Karen

  2. Hi Karen, this is so fantastic!! I am totally stoked and really hoping that you can make this happen - WHEN you get financed!!!! I would be happy to do either level of participation if you'd like - let me know if you want me to submit something??

  3. I want to participate in the project. Correct if I'm wrong: in the book you take a photo only new works that have never been shown?
    I apologize for my poor English language. This is not my native language.

  4. I would like to participate Karen, but I don't know if I have anything that I haven't shown on my blog. I have to go back and look at some of the posts. If I don't have anything that hasn't been on the blog will that disqualify me from participating? I wish you luck with this project. I hope you get your funding.

    1. Aqvatali and Maryanne - while I prefer new works that have never been shown, I am willing to consider works that have been featured on Blogs or your Facebook page.

      As a blogger myself, I understand the problem here. So I simply ask that you please tell me where your has been posted previously.

      If the photos you send me are different from those you used on your blog (new background, new angle, etc.) that helps too.

    2. I apologize that I did not answer right away, I have unforeseen problems with your computer. Iwill answer via private message on Facebook, ok?

      And my work in free-form technology can be seen in my blog

      Just in my blog is a function of the translation using Google Translator.

  5. Yay!!! I'm actually working on a piece right now that I'd love to submit. It's something I've never done before, and so far, it's been a ton of fun to work on, and it looks pretty cool. I actually pulled an all-nighter working on it. Just couldn't make myself stop. :)

    1. I can't wait to see a piece that was such fun to work on that it kept you up all night! Sounds like an enchantment was at work here. :)

  6. I have only made one other actual freeform piece besides the one I have made for the Color Red Challenge. I no longer have the piece, it was sold at a craft fair, would it be eligible?

  7. Judy, - good question. No, the piece itself does not still need to be in your possession. You simply need to have high quality photographs of it.

    As the artist, you retain the copyright for your original works unless you specifically sell or relinquish those rights. Selling the piece itself doesn't transfer the copyright.

  8. Hi Karen
    You amaze me! Congrats on yet another publication....BTW I love my personal planet! Is the deadline Mar 31? I just may be able to get something to you inbetween kitting for my local & Beadfest classes. Is there a specific color you need for the book?
    Sue Charette-Hood

    1. Thank you Sue! Yes, the deadline is March 31st. I'd planned to email you directly, but I'm afraid your profile isn't set up with an email address. At this pont, I am open to any color(s). If, as I receive submissions, it turns out that they are heavily weighted in a particular color family, then I may suggest other colors as a way of keeping everything balanced. But so far that hasn't been an issue.