I have an issue to raise for comment-- something I have never been
aware of til now.
A student of mine, a beginner at metalsmithing, is a jewelry
designer. I assumed that this meant she worked for a company, but it
turns out she is, apparently, independant (I didn’t want to
cross-examine her, so felt limited on how many/what questions I
could ask) and has someone produce her designs-- high end gold and
stones. All OK so far, I guess, but here’s what caught me by
surprise. She is in some of the same shows that I do, selling "her"
work like anyone else.
I want to tread carefully here, because this is not an issue that I
have a clear opinion about, and I have no idea how common it may be.
I have always taken for granted that, with a few pretty glaring
exceptions, the work at better juried shows was actually made by the
"artist", with maybe some studio employees. Am I naive? Do any of
you folks fall into the same category? How do any of you feel about
jewelry creators who created the design but not the jewelry and then
sell it at craft shows? The rules say the “artist” must be present,
and the designer is the “artist”… ??
I am very interested in your take on this.