Art Jewelry Mag Nips at Heels of Lapidary Journal
I've stayed out of this arena, reading all the comments made so far.
We are getting away from the publication and its content and into a
literary fairness commentary. Except for airing views, nothing will
be resolved here and now.
What we have is a relatively new publication which for the most part
is well received. It cannot be all things onto all. No need to tear
it down because it isn't. We collectively need to support all
publications with a bent towards jewelry, all jewelry, yes including
"beads" and "clay."
These two seem to get a rise out of quite a few and then we have
another round of words with no chance of solution.
We have recently lost a very valuable, to Wire Artists publication.
Whether you work with wire or not, this was a very functional
magazine, Wire Artist. Each bi-monthly issue offered projects not
only for all levels, but for children as well.
Instructions and photographs were of excellent quality and easily
understood. Submissions for all projects came from the wire workers
themselves. There were no "professional" writers other than those
who wrote business support articles on a regular basis.
Within our community, there are many who would happily submit how
to's simply to share a pet project. We have many unsung artists
among us. It would be wonderful to give them a voice.
Orchid is a sharing community. Instead of commenting on what Art
Jewelry is not, how about better supporting it?
Lapidary Journal did not betray the community because it brought
Beads into the magazine and public. There was a need to fill. This
is another publication that welcomes submissions from us. If we want
to see specific things, we need to think about sharing what is
familiar to us, and perhaps in that way enlighten others.
Some of us buy every component we use in our jewelry, others,
including myself, go out dig it, process it and then include it,
incorporating field trips, lapidary and smithing. That may be of
interest to others out there.
Rock and Gem magazine has for years, every month given a Dremel in
exchange for a how to article. Some of these projects are great,
each month there is another artist featured. Their name is in print,
their project is featured and they are happy.
Perhaps one of us will take up Dori's offer and apply to Art
Jewelry. Why not?