The discussion re: testing gravers on one’s fingernail/thumbnail
reminded me of my experience writing my first book, a project based
book on metal clay.
My editor suggested that, before beginning to shoot the project
steps, I should get a manicure. I’ve always been sorta proud of the
way my jewelry maker’s hands look. In that case I thought, OK, I’ll
go along with it, even though it seemed a bit deceptive. jewelry
maker’s hands, I thought, look like they should look, rough around
the edges, nails definitely filed, sanded and discolored, etc. But,
I had a manicure.
I began to work on the projects and the photographer shot the steps,
and then we sent them off to the art editor. She wrote back asap and
asked me, “Did you have a manicure?” I had to laugh, because I
really got into the work and my hands looked it! The photographer
had even cleaned up the images of my hands, removing, along with the
’dirt’, some of my age spots and wrinkles. Eventually we were able
to satisfy the art editor.
So, what do you in Orchidland think about showing only perfectly
manicured hands in a book that teaches jewelry making skills and
techniques? Do we want to give our students the impression that
making jewelry is a clean exercise. you come into the studio with
hands that look perfect and after working for hours, you leave the
studio with the same perfection? Alternatively, do we want students
to understand the nature of what we do in the studio, work that may
require giving up our unblemished hands with damaged fingernails?
Your thoughts, please…