She Ain’t Pretty-She Just Looks That Way. (My Out of Shape Studio Part 6)

Shelley-FrankensteinI can’t remember when in school I was assigned to read “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelly. But I do remember that I couldn’t put the book down. In Shelly’s book, a scientist named Victor Frankenstein creates a living grotesque creature in a rather “unorthodox” way. I have been working like Frankenstein on making a jeweler’s bench by taking apart old desks and creating something new. After reflecting on my route to making a bench, I’m starting to feel less like a crafty artist and more like a mad scientist. I seem to be obsessed with finding or creating the perfect bench for my studio. Continue reading…

A Creative Spin by Joy Funnell

toolsWhen I’m working I have a whole crop of tools and little boxes that I like to have in front of me on my work-surface so they are readily to hand. For the last few years I have used a rotating desk tidy which is great (Thank you Tracey Spurgin for that idea!), but now it has got to the point where I struggle to fit in all the tools, and I have a few others I would like to add! When I go to pull something out maybe another tool falls out at the same time. Something had to be done about it!! I laid them all out on the table and they looked quite a lot!! Continue reading…

Cool Tip: Improve Your Jewelry Photos

Photographing our work is just one of the many hats we must wear as artists.Getting decent photos for online sites, show applications and to submit for media coverage…is very important.  How your work looks says a lot about   you. A jewellery maker friend of mine, Kathleen Nowak Tucci, always, always has wonderful photos of her work.  Even the on scene shots are wonderful. One teacher I took a class from, (Rona Sarvas Weltman) told us that she never puts out any images of her work unless they are professional shots.

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A behind the scenes shot from a shoot for Kathleen Nowak Tucci— with Rebecca Lynn, Janine Kirsten Jøffe, Paris Lemon and Kathleen Nowak Tucci. Photo by: Janine Joffe Photography

Excellent advice from a guru of jewellery making!  And advice I will follow once my work is “at that level”.  Until then, I will look for ways to improve my own photo-taking skills so that my shots look less “homemade”.

A few years ago, Hadar Jacobson posted a how-to take better photos using a semi-transparent garbage can as the light box.  I have been meaning to try that idea, and was reminded of it when I saw this blog post: turn a plastic bin into a light boxphoto-setup3 from www.quirkyoak.wordpress.com.

(Here’s the link to Hadar’s post from 2009!  Hadar’s Photography tip)

Do you have any tips for photographing jewellery?  Any pitfalls to avoid? (Click on “read more” to add your comments.) Continue reading…