i have been self stunned with lethargy as I witness the
shriveling of the desire for art, in this country.
Good thread. And this goes hand in had with the gender one. The
key in all of this is education. With so much going against us in
the US (art is still revered in the rest of the world), it is up to
us, in any way we can to educate our public. By wearing jewelry, or
art jewelry (I call it studio jewelry), we have an opportunity to
educate our public about what we do and how we do it. Many of you
have been writing about personal pieces that you wear. It is these
stories that pass on a heritage, or talk about who we are in the
I have several young kids working with me at Metalwerx. Their
reasons for coming are as varied as they are. But through these
kids, I have gone to their schools, loaded with my slides and a few
examples of "in process" pieces. These kids are fascinated and
eager to learn. As the dollar begins shrinking, it is important to
explore new markets and educate new minds.
If you own a jewelry store, you have a great opportuntity to invite
some of your customers to a group show and tell. Serve a little
food and drink and they become "special" and part of your store's
inner circle. Show them your sketchbooks, show some enthusasim for
what you do and the passion for creating.
Once a semester I take my students for a field trip. Somtimes it is
a local gallery like Mobilia which deals in nothing but studio
jewelry. Or maybe it is a museum. I contact the curator and tell
them I would like to bring a small group through. Maybe 10 people
max. The curator takes over and brings pieces out of storage to
show and tell.
It's easy to sit around and whine about the good ole days of better
economic conditions, but what are we really doing about it? My
friend Sam Patania, made a beautiful and HUGE sterling silver
candlestick. This is a venture out of his regular bench work, and
by taking on this commission he has opened the door for new and
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