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Altana_Frantz1

Altana_Frantz1

I am a young artist who is looking forward to a career in jewelry. I can remember when I was a little girl and on saturdays, my mother would take us to the local bead and craft store where i would inevitably spend my entire allowance. I've always loved making things, whether jewelry, clothing, devices, or even repairing things. In some cases, things that weren't necessarily broken! I studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago in their Art & Design College. They didnt have an exceptional art program, but i could afford no other options. I spent a few years there and realized I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I desperately wanted to enjoy life and have a career that would allow me to travel, be with my friends, and exercise my mind. In a few of my courses, i was able to get my hands on metal. I loved every second of it. They didnt have a specific jewelry program or any equipment that would allow me to further explore the world of metals. So, after further thought, i realized that UIC wasn't going to provide me enough of an experience in design. After careful consideration, i decided to leave the university and search for a new course of action. Then, I attended beginning through intermediate classes at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago. Throughout my classes, I kept probing for possible schools and learning about others' experiences. I was having trouble deciding on what new school to attend. I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to the Snag conference and it changed my life. I learned of Revere Academy and decided that I would fly out and visit the school, and after visiting in October 2006, I moved to San Francisco in January 2007. Im very excited to start school. I won't be attending until October 2007, so Im studying on my own in preparation. There are so many endless possibilities for a career in jewelry my head is spinning. Im really looking for some guidance and support as a young artist. Im willing to take the steps that I need to make inorder to be successful. Im just not sure what all of those steps are. I want to get where i need to be quickly, but I also understand that it takes time. I would love to have an apprenticeship with an artist, but what the process involves, who to ask, and what skills i will need are still obscure to me. I have been called a perfectionist, and my goal now is to relax and enjoy my training and the time it will take to get myself where i'd like to be.