I found out this weekend about the The Future Generation Art Prize which is a worldwide contemporary art competition. It's open to artists of all mediums. You can apply online and the first prize winner wins $100,000. How does that sound?
Yum Yum YUM! Kristin Hanson makes great jewelry. This lovely piece was on her front page. If you go look in her rings section there is a ring with 2 amethyst that are held in place by gold starfish. It's awesome!
I had a wonderful time this past weekend. A friend of mine from class gave me the keys to her beach house in Kitty Hawk and told me to go relax. I was relaxed just driving there! This is a picture of the house with my car.
The house is very close to the beach and has a cute little pier you walk on to get there.
View to the left.
View to the right.
I loved the rust on this pier I walked under. I collected some sea shells, sat on the deck and in general just chilled out. Thanks so much for letting me stay!
This past week we learned how to bezel set an oval 8 by 10 mm stone. We haven't done the cleanup yet, so I'll show another picture once the bezel is clean.
We also did a channel set ring. This one is pretty good, my first one and it was my first one.
Here are some more of my projects we did a lot of stones setting this week and working with gravers. I was having a lot of trouble with the gravers so I'm crossing my fingers that this week I can successfully demonstrate the technique. I'm still loving the New Approach School.
The due date for the competition is May 1st and they want a good photo or cad rendering of your jewelry entry. The winners (a first and second this year) will be announced Thursday June 17th at the Bench Jewelers Conference in Atlanta, GA. You can submit up to 3 images or renderings. The image is from the 2009 winner of the Bench Jewelers Passion Awards Design Competition, Steve Satow.
On Friday I set my first stone, we didn't clean it up but it was great learning how to cut the seat and make the stone fit! We'll be cleaning it up tomorrow.
Also I finished up the 3 stone ring (left), I did another practice 4-prong ring (right). Then above I sized a ring one size up, and below I sized the ring down a size. Then in the middle is my gypsy set ring. It felt good to practice what we had learned throughout the week!
Last night I went to a dinner for all the exchange students in the area with the family I'm staying with. The family has an exchange student from Germany staying here. For the most part all the exchange students made a dish from their country, yum! : ) And there were Polish Dancers in traditional costumes. I loved the women's blouses covered in hand sewn seed beads. Then men's costumes were bright as well! They got everyone up to dance, sadly I didn't since I've been under the weather. I didn't want to get someone sick so it was fun to watch!
This week we've been working on adding a head to a ring shank. You can order these parts separately from jewelry supply companies. Many people probably assume the heads pop right onto the shanks and you solder. But they don't. We had to very precisely file angles so there were no gaps, the head sat in the ring symmetrically and in my case I had to file some more. I'm very proud of myself for getting these two together. Especially the 4 prong ring. If you hadn't read my blog before you might like to know that I'm learning this at the New Approach School for Jewelers.
I have a theme with my purses, they all have to do with driving. My first bag shown above is made of seat belts. I've had it for several years and it shows no sign of wear and tear. The seat belt bags are made by Harvey's. Made in the USA.
I also have a purse made out of a Stop sign. It was made by my friend Tripp at Trippworx.
The next purse I want, is made out of a radial tire! Jude Clarke created this one of a kind purse.
Nice top to it.
Beautiful velvet interior. Jude also makes wonderful jewelry that I've featured here before.
The Society of North American Goldsmiths is putting a call for work out for their 2010 Exhibition in Print. It sounds like anyone (even a non member) can send images. This is a great opportunity to get your work out there! Click on the link, read the guidelines and see if you feel you fit in to the theme.
Saturday afternoon I went to visit the alternate show 'Global Design' run by Cindy Edelstein. There were 18 jewelry designers there. This alternate show allows jewelry artists from around the world to sell their work. I had a nice conversation with Chris Ploof, we spoke about different tools used to make spiculum and anticlastic jewelry (some of my favorite tools). Then I had a great conversation with his wife, Ann Cahoon who is in the running to win the Saul Bell Design Award. Best of luck to her. She had gorgeous loop in loop chain jewelry. I love it when fellow artists share what they love with you.
On Saturday I walked the glass, ceramics and mixed media sections. I got to visit my good friend Tripp of Trippworx. He makes all kinds of art out of street signs. Tripp has a great positive attitude that lifts the spirits of anyone that talks to him.
On Saturday and Sunday I walked the entire jewelry section and I learned that trying to visit with hundreds of people is a lot of work. I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from one of my favorite jewelers, Flying Anvil. They are super sweet and business savvy. When I worked for BMAC they always had me model their jewelry.
On Sunday morning I went to a seminar entitled 'Sensational Store Display on a Shoestring Budget.' This event was more focused on gallery store windows but I went and listened to translate the designs into ideas for designing my booth.
Kristin D. Godsey, the Executive Editor of VMSD Magazine gave the lecture. VMSD stands for Visual Merchandising and Store Design and they are based out of Cincinnati Ohio. During the lecture she showed many store windows, my favorite was Anthropology. She said each Anthropology store has its own visual merchandising person. At Cartier they switched the windows every two weeks and never repeated a concept. The point was that a display is temporary so don't fret and do the extraordinary.
Some people didn't understand why I would go to seminars, they said that I already knew everything. Believe me, there is always more to learn, and it's even good to hear the same thing several times so it really sinks in.
The seminar I was really excited about and missed was 'Closing the Sale: Tips and Techniques for Art Jewelry Retailers' given by Hedda T. Schupak Editor-in-Chief of JCK Magazine. Hedda is a very smart woman, due to the snow I just couldn't get to Philly in time for that seminar.
At each seminar I spoke to the people around me, I sat next to gallery owners, boutique owners, fellow artists and employees of Rio Grande (a jewelry supply company). You never know who you'll sit next to or start chatting with. When doing a show it's important to go to all the little events if possible. Each connection you make can lead to bigger and better things.
I'm loving the New Approach School. The philosophy there seems to be to really learn serious skills so you can make anything. So you can make art jewelry and commerical jewelry and anything you can imagine. Today we worked on drilling and sawing out this beautiful piece shown above. I've learned a lot in the last two days! I love school!