Neither Ton nor Hanuman has ever come across even remotely as drill
On the contrary, they have worked quietly, and provided us ALL with
this amazing, fascinating place. Even when flood waters approached the
second floor of their office, they kept Orchid current, never angry or
demanding. Very Zen. And their efforts are appreciated.
I’ve made small monthly donations since I found Orchid in 2007, but
let it lapse after I got sick last year. The Doctors wanting money
asked loudly & threatened to withhold services, something Orchid has
But I was wondering; just how does one become a Master on Orchid? Is
it an appointed or elected position? Or are some tacitly tapped & told
"BE THE STICK!"
I have been spared the Master’s rod, because I’ve lacked the
confidence to ask ‘stupid questions’. But I have not been spared the
wrath. As Sandra, Barbara, Agnes & a few others may recall, a while
back a beader posted a particularly plucky inquiry as to how to how
one gets introductions to celebrity reps and the like, so that her
work might find a wider audience.
She cited examples of other artists’ big break, people who’d found
success after meeting “the right person” and having their work placed
in a trendy store. She asked for input, and posted a link to her
website, which contained her very basic designs, that, though neatly
executed, were pretty much straight from a “how to” book of beading
stitches. She asked for opinions, and said that the “established
artists of Orchid owed it to people getting started to pay it
forward” and make this connection for her (dammit!); she wanted
Orchidians to find the person responsible for extending invites to
galas, where perhaps Angelina Jolie would wear her beaded choker.
Having enjoyed beading since childhood, I took a look, and was
surprised by the bravado behind the beading.
So, like a fool, I took a stab, THOUGH NOT A STAB! I’ve seen enough
examples of sledgehammers coming down on poor saps asking questions
some may deem invitations for target practice. I simply told this
woman that while her work was" nicely done", her website (done in
100% Comic Balloon font, w/ red, white & blue text) & her work,
(primarily Clear AB beaded chokers & earring sets commonly seen at
craft fairs) “might need some tweaking before she puts it out for the
wider audience.” I suggested experimenting with other color palettes
& such, and did it all MEEKLY, without the parenthetically phrased
passages contained here, as they would be too harsh, with sincere
intentions of helping her make some positive changes. Well, she had
gotten a few other less gentle responses, but apparently decided mine
was the straw that broke the camels back, or that because I lacked the
thunder of others, maybe I was more on her level, so she set her her
sights on me and sent me a personal response, posted on Orchid, an
amusing portion of which, verbatim, follows here:
"Just to let you know, you have not followed my thread from the
BEGINNING! I was shouting out that many artists are not willing to
help “pay it forward” by lending advice on how THEY got THERE (i. e.,
the big break). I have subsequently found out that there is a HUGE
resentment element within the metalsmith community; I was admittingly
wrong to have subscribed to this forum as a beaded artist. I only
wanted to hope for a kind ear and some empathy toward my situation.
I NEVER asked for feedback on my website and I take exception to
your lending a sarcastic voice.
In reference to my website, your impression is the same impression
an unaffiliated prospect would thumb their noses at with a Magic
Marker note–don’t deny it. I have learned that this woman (Nuewerth)
has plenty of connections and that is why her “presentation” caught.
I have plenty of supremely presented creations which have given me
lots of local notice–I just am seeking national notice and who to
contact to get there.
Oh, and by the way, I have “given it my all” for over 30
Can you say THAT???
(COULDN’T HOLD MY VOICE ANY LONGER, EITHER)
FINE QUALITY EVENING WEAR JEWELRY"
SO that was my first & last attempt at advising on Orchid. For the
record, I HAD followed the thread start to finish, and she HAD asked
for feedback on all, but I will NOT likely respond to broadly cast
requests for input in the future. But this does demonstrate that our
responses, no matter how carefully or powerfully written, do affect
others, some profoundly. We always attract more bees with honey. If
you’re trying to get something pollinated, thats a good thing to
remember. And, if by chance anyone knows ‘who to contact for national
notice’, could they kindly post the number or email addy?
THANKS & BLESSINGS TO TON & HANUMAN!!! Thank you from the bottom of
my heart for years of education & entertainment!