Harriete Estel Berman
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Craft Forward Symposium by ASK Harriete

The Craft Forward Symposium 2011 is April 1-3, 2011 at CCA. ASK Harriete will briefly review the lectures and panels.See More
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"What would people think? Making a ceremonial object for a museum exhibition from unwanted, ordinary "pushke boxes" seemed irreverent."
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""Tin, Tzedakah and Seeing the Ordinary" can change the direction of your work. http://j.mp/1nY2CXp"
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How is Jewelry Selected for a Museum Collection?

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered "How is Jewelry Selected for a Museum Collection?"



This question has always intrigued me. I am always looking for answers. When I noticed that my bracelet was posted as the Crafthaus Mastead Image, the question surfaced again. That is because the bracelet is in the Permanent Collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.



The question was also on my mind because Brigitte Martin and I organized the 2014 Professional Development Seminar at the recent SNAG Conference titled, "Collectors, Collections and You".



During this program, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator at the Newark Museum confirmed many of my speculations.



To be brief here are a couple of criteria a curator may apply when selecting jewelry for a museum's permanent collection.



Curators and museums are looking for jewelry that looks good on display in a museum.




Size does matter.
 Ulysses Dietz specifically mentioned that ring and cuff links (as an example) are small thus, difficult to show effectively.

In comparison, this bracelet is large enough to fill an entire pedestal case. Below…

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I Love Your Work and Want to Make One for Myself is not a compliment, it is a copy

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 6:00pm 14 Comments



The post "I love your work and want to make one for myself"  is raising a lot of discussion and tons of comments. For this reason, I am bringing  a blog post to the Crafthaus community.

 

To avoid duplicate content, read the original post on ASK Harriete.



For Crafthaus, I thought that this post could include an another story brought to my attention. The names have been removed to protect both the innocent and the guilty.

The unfortunate problem right now is that digital technologies have developed faster that the social mores surrounding them. People copy images without attribution, or copy content they didn't write. Whole pages exist on Pinterest about "I want to make this."  Makers stand at their wholesale/retail booth display which cost them $1,000's  while enthusiasts make deep inquiries "I love your work and what to make something just like this for myself."



Here is a sample…

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Collections, Collectors and Your Work in the Grassroots Collection

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Harriete Estel Berman & Betty Talbott spoke  about the "grassroots" collection on Jay Whaley Metalsmith Bench Talk.

Betty Talbott is the Director of the Ohio Craft Museum and Artistic Director of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen. This crafts organization has an extensive collection of member works and are a stellar example of "grassroots" collections.



Do you wonder about how you should maker mark your work?

How about your inventory records?



Do you see fame and fortune of the future,
but not sure how to develop the provenance for your work?



What is the value of being in a "collection?" …

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Alibaba and The Forty Thieves - Are You One?

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 2:00pm 7 Comments

The copycat problem has become a chronic issue in the crafts community.

The thieves are every where, yet we whisper about the problems embarrassed  or afraid of the negative publicity.



It is time WE RAISED OUR VOICES IN A CHORUS of awareness about the copycat thieves.



To this end I wrote a post on the American Craft Council blog titled:



Alibaba and the Copycat Thieves

Click on title. Read the post. Become informed.

Please consider sharing this post with a link to the original source.

Until awareness saturates the craft community into every "craft corner", manufacturer, retailer, consumer, and becomes a public discussion, the copycat thieves will continue as pirates of our work, our ideas, our content.



"The solution can’t come from me alone, or a committee, or even one…

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A Discussion about "The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY in the AGE of the Internet with Jay Whaley on Blog Talk Radioith J

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

The lecture "The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY in the AGE of the Internet" continues to create dialog and discussion on the Internet. Recently Jay Whaley, and I discussed the issues and four recommendations in a lively conversation on Metalsmith Bench Talk.

You can listen online or download the archived version to energize your day with a thought provoking discussion about ethical and legal issues within the craft community.





 

 

 

 

 

 

The four RECOMMENDATIONS from the lecture

were discussed during the conversation.



Use tutorials and instructional materials for what they were intended….. your personal…

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The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY in the AGE of the Internet.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

"The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY in the AGE of the Internet"

is a Keynote Address I originally gave for the International Polymer Clay Association annual conference.



It addresses some of the chronic problems plaguing the arts and crafts community in the age of the internet.

 

 

 

 

To SUMMARIZE BRIEFLY there are several issues surfacing in the art and craft community:

1.  unbridled sharing of content . 

2.  over dependence   on tutorials and instructions.

3. Lack of critique- we have entered into what I am calling the world of “like”

 

 

 

Ugly is distributing or selling copied work.



The copying and distribution of either the artwork or instructional materials  is both unethical and illegal.

 

Discussions have been multi-faceted.

The concerns addressed in the lecture actually opened wider discussions about issues that I never considered including the"workshop…

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CRAFTING Better SEO for Craftspeople and Artists

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

 ASK Harriete & Whaley Studios offer a podcast on Crafting Better SEO



We start with basic and easy skills to improve visibility for your art and craft work.  It doesn't matter whether you use social media like Crafthaus, or have a blog or website, all of this information will be relevant and start you on a path for internet success.



Fundamental webmaster skills are not hard to learn and can improve whether your images, blog or website are lost or found in search.






  LISTEN to the PODCAST

It is recorded and available for convenient listening.






There is a post  on ASK Harriete Crafting Better…
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IMPROVE VISIBILITY of Your Website in SEARCH RESULTS

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

The wonderful aspect of the internet is that it creates so many opportunities to share your art and craft.



It is THRILLING  that there are forums like here on Crafthaus to create a dialog or generate visibility. There is no need to wait for the rare opportunity to have your work published in a book or magazine.



On the other hand, I don't think artists and makers are doing enough to share their work with a wider audience. If craft is going to survive and blossom in the 21st century we need to expand our audience beyond the arts and crafts community.



We need to grab onto the Long Tail of the Internet and hold on tight. If you aren't' familiar with the concept of the Long Tail there are two posts about the topic.

ACC Conference: Riding the ‘Long Tail’: Marketing Craft on the Internet

Long Tail - Blockbuster versus Netflix, and the art/craft world..



The internet is having a tremendous impact on the arts and crafts community. But this is just the beginning. We can not underestimate the future of e-commerce and the future trends of search.…



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Take Responsibility for Craft Show Success

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Success at a craft show starts before you even apply. Yes, this is truer than you could possibly expect.



It doesn't matter whether your work is fabulous, well designed or priced right, if it doesn't fit the show you will be disappointed. Participation in a show that does not fit your work is a waste of time and money. 



Guest Author Alison Antelman is an experienced craft show vendor with 12 years of experience at craft shows and art festivals.  Since then, she has learned to investigate prior to craft show participation and use her years of open studios to help her assess shows and select the most successful events. Learn from Alison's years of experience the easy way (sitting at your computer) instead of under a tent of tears and frustration.

6 STEPS to Craft Show Research

Resources for Craft Show Evaluation

What's the Artist's Job for a Show?…

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Do You Understand the Impact of Discounts?

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Today's post on ASK Harriete is titled My Seasonal Stress Disorder: DISCOUNTS. It offers a short description of the issues and a link to another article about discounts by Jason Horejs.

I strongly disagree with the premise of discounts for one of a kind art or craft. Every holiday season, I whither like a dried up fall leaf as I watch the art and craft world try to compete in a shop till you drop world of consumer discounts.

 

Ten years ago I wrote a document about DISCOUNTS for the PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES. The opinions in this document were reviewed,  evaluated, supported, and edited by Bruce Metcalf, Board Liaison and Contributing Editor; Suzanne Baizerman, curator; Tami Dean, production artist; Marilyn da Silva, artist;…

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My work begins with post-consumer material diverted from a destiny as trash. Revitalized from the mundane, these recycled tin containers are deconstructed, cut, folded and reassembled into the extraordinary. This metal may not be as precious as gold or silver, but in many ways reveals more about the values of our society. Does value exist within the craftsmanship, by who made it, or by what materials are used? Or is value created through mass-marketing and mass-consumption?
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At 11:29am on October 26, 2013, Kimberly Becker said…
Thanks for the friend invite. I am very new at this and have not sat down to really figure it all out. As you can see, I can't even get my picture upright!
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At 5:06pm on July 23, 2013, Alisha Low said…

Sorry you can't make it to the symposium, it would be quite a trip for you!

Please feel free to share it with anyone you think would be interested or who might be in the New England area-we'd appreciate it!

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Rule the World!

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RULE THE WORLD

Friends of Carlotta Gallery, Zuerich, Switzerland

What are the adornments of dictators, despots, and the plain delusional? What do they need in order to let their real personalities shine through? What tools do tyrants have to show that they are in charge? See for yourself!

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Grandpa Wooley, "LOOK", Brooch
Internet photocopy of Gerard Depardieu and Vladimir Putin. Plexiglas, fabric, imitation leather, yarn, wood, silver brooch.

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Behind the Brooch part 2

I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition. This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With…See More
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"I'm not sure I can actually say I'm a jeweller, since most people mean a metalsmith when they say that.  I'm still strictly a beader, it's just that I use metal tubes as my beads and I "string" them into geometric…"
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Jewels in Ferment 2014 - Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition and Awards

"Every year Jewels in Ferment aims to gather the infinitely individual expressions of contemporary jewellery makers in relation to popular themes: wine and territories,…See More
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"So you began as a weaver? Then a Beader, now a jeweller?"
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