Hmmm... I see everyone's point on this one and it's something that I
too have vented about with other designers. I know of "designers"
that have never touched wax or metal and are producing a product
that they claim to have made- I don't think that only drawing the
idea on paper is the same as actually making something.
Read on, am I a hypocrite?
Here's my thing...
I do my own wax carving, but I have my bench-worker solder my
jumprings and my caster casts my work for me. I could do my own
casting and soldering, but due to lack of time (time = money) I
choose not to. I have someone to reproduces the beaded aspects to my
pieces, but I always do the prototype first. My caster,
bench-worker, and bead-goddess work at a very reasonable rate and I
prefer to spend my time pursuing the more "fun" aspects of
designing: drawing, wax-carving, getting the correct finish on a
cast piece, designing the finished products, designing my postcards,
designing my booth layouts (wholesale shows), etc.... My thing about
having my own business and working for myself is that I choose the
aspects that give me pleasure and do them and farm out the others. I
couldn't possibly do everything myself so the line has to be drawn
somewhere. However, I still consider myself a "jewelry designer".
Here's the questions I'd like to pose to : should I not consider
myself a "jewelry designer" because I don't do it all? Am I being
hypocritical because I criticize the designers with jewelry lines
that they don't carve, hammer or forge?
I've thought about this a lot, have talked to other designers and
would like some more insight. For the record, I'm not going to stop
calling myself a jewelry designer, my self-worth isn't that shaky,
and I'd like some honest feedback from the folks that have been
doing this a lot longer than myself.