I highly recommend attending the SNAG conference. I think, that no
matter what your level of accomplishment, it can be a positive
experience. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this year as
I will be out of the country. As to your questions;
How advanced are the techniques and trends presented?
I don't have the list of presenters with me, but I think that you
will see a wide range of work and techniques shown. Those presenting
will be people who are advanced in their particular area of interest.
Is the content primarily geared towards bench jewelers or to
Last year there was some discussion on Orchid and within SNAG about
the content being dominated by "art/sculptural" jewelers and some
expressed the desire to have more presentations that were more
relevant to the bench jeweler. My guess is that the majority of the
will be directed primarily to the "art/sculptural"
jewelers. I think that even if one is a bench jeweler that the
is stimulating and that everyone should come away feeling
that they saw things that they would not normally have seen in their
everyday situation. I see this as a positive.
Will my path more defined by going now, instead of next year?
No time like the present.
Finally, if I do go, should I bring prints of my work -- even
though at this point they are few.
If you go with an open mind, I think that your growth can't help but
be accelerated. You might be overwhelmed but whatever is important to
you will stand out in your mind.
Definitely bring prints of your work and make some quick easy pins
for the pin swap.
You will find that the people that you meet at a SNAG conference are
very similar to the people who you meet here in Orchid land. Both are
very giving, sharing communities. Many of us Orchidians are also
members of SNAG.
Go and have a good time.