Nosy in New Orleans: Tell Me All Your Secrets

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Nosy in New Orleans: Tell Me All Your Secrets

I’ve always been a nosy person: I want to know everything that’s going on, and why. Now that I’ve embarked on a career in the art jewelry and fine craft fields, my curiosity has found new focus. How did that artist get where they are? What advice do established makers have for others? How is everyone making a living? This blog is an opportunity to ask all the questions bouncing around in my head, and muse a bit in a more official format about my burgeoning career.

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In this blog I hope to explore the paths that artists take to get where they want to go. Each step on the way to my current phase has been full of decisions, options, possibilities, doubt… but the more decisions I make and people I meet, the more I realize the “right answer” I always used to stress over is kind of a myth. Everyone takes a different path, and some more planned than others. Sometimes where you find yourself is a happy accident, sometimes it’s a continuing challenge, and sometimes it’s the exact place you had in mind.

 

With each new person I get to know I become more interested to hear how different people’s stories are. I’ve met people who are self-taught, and some with MFAs. Some work part time, and some are spending every waking hour on their business. Especially interesting to me, some people stumbled into where they are now, while some have charted a determined course for many years. I’m slowly carving a path for myself in a world without a lot of clear instructions. I’m trying to make the right decisions as I figure out my goals, while learning what choices matter for the long run.

 

This year will be my first trip to a SNAG conference, and I plan to make the most of it. I figured when I made the plan to travel from my home base in Portland, Oregon, all the way to New Orleans, I should do everything I can to make the trip useful. I’m looking forward to participating in (and blogging about!) the trunk show, portfolio review, and pin swap. I’m also excited for the excuse to embrace my nosiness. I’m hoping to hear and report on the wide range of paths that other metalsmiths have taken, as well as people’s thoughts on being an artist in this field. This blog will use the lens of the SNAG conference as a jumping-off point to explore the different routes people follow to pursue their careers, as well as explore my own priorities and goals.

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Started by Amarette Gregor. Last reply by Brigitte Martin Jun 7. 1 Reply

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Is there anything better than being in a room full of your fellow nerds? Really, I can’t think of anything. Especially when those nerds are METALSMITHS. I’m finally getting back in the swing of things after returning from New Orleans last week, and I gotta say… My final verdict on the SNAG conference is (drum roll please) IT’S AMAZING! YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY GO!!! Ok, I’ll try and cut out the shouting. But it’s been a week, and I’m still blown away by how great my first conference experience was. It’s hard to decide on my favorite part, so I won’t. I have some awesome interviews and insights coming your way in the next few weeks as I transcribe and digest the great conversations I had, but for now I’d like to share my top reasons to put next year’s conference on your calendar ASAP! (Sorry, that part’s not shouting, it’s just an enthusiastic acronym.)…Continue

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Started by Amarette Gregor. Last reply by Harriete E Berman May 18. 2 Replies

Welcome back, my lovelies! As I begin my blogging journey with the SNAG conference in mind, I’m thinking a lot about all the bits and pieces I have to accomplish before my trip. My goal is to squeeze out as much benefit as I can from this trip, and in typical fashion I try and control the uncontrollable by planning til exhaustion. So my conference prep checklist includes these big-ticket items:- Plan for the trunk show.The soft fiber in my work presents a challenge. Displays can’t be over half an inch, which means my typical strategy of displaying work under plexiglass sheets to avoid too much fondling won’t work. Alternate ideas include gently worded signs about no touching… this goes against the grain for me so I’m not sure how to tackle this yet. Another option that I usually use for shows is to have a “sacrificial” piece so people can experience the material without handling the higher-priced art pieces. OH, also I suppose I’d better finish all the work I want to bring!- Plan my…Continue

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Started by Amarette Gregor. Last reply by Amarette Gregor May 15. 2 Replies

Hello, dear readers! I’m so delighted to be blogging about my own work and the upcoming SNAG conference in New Orleans. I’d like to share a bit about myself and my creative process, in preparation for taking on the Big Easy.Portrait of the Artist, age 12I’ve loved art and making things since I was little (I got my first glue gun at age eight, and once asked for my own roll of scotch tape for Christmas.) I made a concerted effort to not be an artist when I first started college, but it didn’t take. After I got a post-bacc certificate at Oregon College of Art and Craft I worked a couple “grown-up” jobs, and then decided to give full-time art a serious try.From top: Brooch, brass and upcycled sewing thread; Earrings, brass, thread; Necklace, brass, sterling, threadMy work is materials-focused. I’m a nerd for a new tool, a new texture, a new space to play in. I spent a lot of time in art school worried about the concept behind a piece. Am I talking about collecting? Sentimentality? The…Continue

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Comment by Amarette Gregor on May 15, 2017 at 12:54pm

Thanks, Jessica! I'd love to chat in New Orleans, and add your story to my collection.

Comment by Jessica Todd on May 12, 2017 at 10:31am

Brigitte, that would be lovely! I get in Sunday morning and am staying in the Garden District until Wednesday, when I'll move over to the conference hotel. I'm doing a workshop at Thomas Mann on Tuesday, and visiting Joan Mitchell Center at some point, but other than that plan on exploring!

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 11, 2017 at 3:47pm
Jessica, now that I see you'll be there, we should hang out! I'll look for you. When do you get in?
Comment by Jessica Todd on May 11, 2017 at 3:41pm

Great idea! My question to artists is always, "How did you get here?" and you are dead on that the answer always varies. There is no single path to success, and there is no single definition of success. It is so open and fluid, and I think talking to as many people as possible will help you find your own path and goals. I look forward to hearing what you find, and I'm always happy to chat if you see me at the conference!

 

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Object Series 1, 2, 3

Porcelain, slipcast and altered with terra sigillata, rubber.
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