Andy, et al, I believe I started this with my define jewelry
question. As mentioned before I had not yet opened Metalsmith, so my
question was not based on that, nor of 1000 rings which I also now
I only ask that there be a clear definition when announcing a book,
(bracelets coming up) or a competition, so that persons considering
entering can know what they are up against.
Fantasy is fantasy, wearable is wearable. That is not to punish
those with flowing imaginations, bravery in mixing media, nor
creating motion, balance, or extraordinary trompe l’oeil.(sp)
Bench, seat of the pants trained artists, have shown great
creativity and imagination, as have the academically trained, shown
perfection in fabrication.
We are a community and as such open to all. Ego should not be a
defining characteristic. Judges should be selected based on the
intent of the happening, avant garde for unfettered creativity with
no need to be wearable, as well as those more in tune with wearable
value and interest.
I only appeal that if a publication wants the sensational, wearable
or not, that all submitters know what they are getting into.
There is a difference between “Coffee Table” books, and those meant
to teach design and/or method. I personally buy both, but like to
know up front what I am paying for.
A recently released book which has received praise on this list, is
far more limited in scope than appears at first glance. I may not
have purchased it had I known that.
Once again, I ask when is jewelry not jewelry, and who makes that