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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.
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2013
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
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
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 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