I am on a mission to reclaim my lost creative mojo.
Poof, right before my eyes a year (or more) has passed without me being in my studio working on jewellery. It’s been a year of ups and downs…many more downs than ups and I guess working in my studio didn’t seem important, or I wasn’t motivated. Whatever the reason, here I am standing in the door of my dusty and very messy studio. Amazing how this space became a “dump zone” so quickly. I love the light in here and the smell of my art supplies. But this is as far as I ever seem to get with reclaiming my studio. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff, stale ideas and stuff…. I usually just sit here and contemplate renting a huge container and taking every last item out of the studio and only putting back what I really need. But as I look around, I’m not sure what I need. It’s been too long. Continue reading…
Editor’s note: Ann Robinson Davis is the author of one of our most popular articles. “Clean your Studio Heal your Artself!” (From Metal Clay Artist Magazine Winter 2012) We received the most interesting notes from readers about this article…including a letter from one person who credits this article for having saved her life! The article dealt with letting go and cleaning up our studios. We are pleased to share another article by this author. This time it is a “HOT TOPIC” among artists!
There has always been a fierce debate in the art community (all the arts) about whether to name or not to name your work.
In school, back in the 60’s I was never taught to name anything. If I produced a crazy lace agate ring, well that was what it was called, with the added place it came from, such as Mexican Crazy Lace Agate Ring. As I matured as an artist I began having specific ideas about my work and how I wanted to express an idea. The urge to create was subjugated to the urge to have meaning. Continue reading…
I would like to thank Jeanne Pring for being our first guest author and for sharing her experience at her first exhibition! I met Jeanne through the MCAM auction site set up on Facebook. I was not familiar with her work before seeing her name pop up on the auction page, but now I feel like old friends. Jeanne is quick to share her story, images of her work and lesson’s learned. Jeanne’s article will be the first to appear in the category of “In Business”. Our goal with this section of articles is to create a place for artists to share their experiences selling their work and to create a dialogue that will benefit all metal clay artists all over the world.
~Jeannette Froese LeBlanc editor cre8tivefire.com.
In Business with Jeanne Pring ~United Kingdom:
Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Jeanne Pring of Jkhoo Designs. I started making jewellery when I was not able to find anything suitable to accompany my dress for my wedding … and certainly not to my budget. I therefore decided to teach myself how to make my own jewellery for my special day. I received so many positive comments on the pieces I made that I decided to teach myself more and start a business.
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.
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 box 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…