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“First Hand,” will function as an ongoing collection of tips, musings, and information gained primarily from ‘first hand’ experience.  It will cover topics like: How I built a website from scratch, pricing and packaging, why Lady Gaga would wear your work, and a plethora of other exciting stuff  in between.   In addition to my own contributions, I will solicit the knowledge of others in the field in an effort to shed light on topics I have identified as vague but valuable in my own experience as an emerging artist.

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Wrap it up?!

Started by Katie Poterala. Last reply by Roxy Lentz May 1, 2013. 5 Replies

You think about every detail of your work when you design it, modify it, redesign it, sometimes remake it and redesign it again until you’re ready to send it out into the world.  One thing I’ve noticed is that sometimes artists (and yes I’ve been VERY guilty as well) neglect to take the same care in the packaging and presentation (and sometimes display) of this work. Packaging and display, just like your business cards and website, should complement your work.  Sometimes, it can even make it…Continue

Tags: pinterest, artist, branding, craft, jewelry

Wear Your Work

Started by Katie Poterala. Last reply by Roxy Lentz May 1, 2013. 4 Replies

OK, this one seems like a no-brainer, but it's so important.  I realized everyone reading this doesn't make wearable objects, but I think the same concept applies (use it, display it, take it, whatever-it), at least for us functional folks.  Here's why.  Example:  I walk into a place (any place -- it's insane all the place's I've been asked what I do, and by whom) and at some point strike up a conversation.  In there somewhere the topic of what I do, metalsmithing/jewelry design, comes up.  At…Continue

Tags: craftsman, handmade, jewelry, work, wear

On Design

Started by Katie Poterala Sep 8, 2012. 0 Replies

I've been thinking about design for a while.  Not as in the design of a piece, but more like that 'other' field over there that sometimes lets down and sometimes amazes.  That field that as craftspeople,  we see as separate (most of the time).  Many of you will remember a controversial talk by Garth Clark (at this year's SNAG conference) concerning the state of craft and our relationship to the 'design world'.  If you weren't there, you can listen to the entire lecture…Continue

A Carefully Crafted Brand

Started by Katie Poterala. Last reply by Rameen Ahmed Aug 28, 2012. 2 Replies

A few weeks ago I posted about branding.  Although I typically shy away from huge corporations and large brand name merchandise, I’ll have to admit that I have an uncontrollable, visceral adoration for Anthropologie (Owned by Urban Outfitters).  NOTE: I'm suspending and ignoring (but am fully aware of) the brand's unfortunate history of ripping off amazing artists for this post -- that's a whole other issue. I’ve been infatuated with…Continue

Tags: knowledge, case, study, crafts, development

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Comment by Marilyn Davenport on April 3, 2013 at 8:50am

Thank you for the invitation to First Hand.  I look forward to this group's discussions.

Marilyn Davenport

Comment by Leisa Rich on July 23, 2012 at 7:12am

Thanks for the invite! Looking forward to updates, news, tips and info. If there is anything I can do- please let me know!

Comment by Rachel Hayward on July 22, 2012 at 7:38pm

It sounds like you design and sew as well, this should be an interesting blog.

Comment by Michelle Pujol on July 22, 2012 at 12:50am

Thank you for the invite!

Comment by Tom Supensky on July 21, 2012 at 10:13am

Regardless of what creative field in which one is involved, it is important to be yourself.  I learned this lesson first hand while participating in a track meet at the Ohio State Univeristy some years ago.  I was doing the long jump and I stood along side the runway watching another athelete take his jump.  A voice next to me asked what was I doing.  I said that I wanted to learn from this person because he was about to break the long jump record by Jesse Owens.  The voice said, "That will not work.  In order to be the best you can be you must look to who you are and your personal attributes."  The voice was that of Jesse Owens himself.  I learned that if I try to be someone else, I will fail to be the best I can be.

Comment by Suzanne Golden on July 21, 2012 at 9:41am

Thank you for the invitation....

Comment by Sandra Murray on July 21, 2012 at 7:37am
This sounds like a very interesting group and I look forward to learning from it! I think it will be of benefit to many artists. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Tales From the Tool Box - A Crafthaus Online Exhibition

Diana Greenwood
‘There is always one moment in childhood…’

Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

Mantel Box in Cherry wood with a hinged glass door, containing a silver vessel marked ‘drink me’, marbles, sweets and found objects

A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favorite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

Image Credit: Diana Greenwood

www.diana-greenwood.com

View the new CRAFTHAUS online exhibition (October 24-November 24, 2014)

Tales from the Tool Box - Chapter 1

Curated by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn, UK

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CALL FOR ENTRIES - DEADLINE 11-12-14 (12:00 pm)Alchemy 3: Vision + Passion + Creation Juried Exhibitions - Exhibitions open during the Enamelist Society Biennial Conference at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA and will travel to Worcester, MA and Concord, NH.Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA • Summer 2015Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA • Fall 2015League of NH Craftsmen, Concord, NH • Winter 2016McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH • Winter 2016 Prospectus and submission form:  …See More
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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

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