Taking the next step…Are You Ready?

September 28, 2010

We all talk about taking our Jewelry Design business to the next level, but how many of us have sat down and put a plan on paper?What would you do if a buyer for a large department store saw a piece of your jewelry and wanted 10 pieces for each of thei…

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The Business Behind Facebook…

August 11, 2010

[Source: PhD Online]Are you like me? I just love all the great info graphics…this one is via http://bitsandpieces.us/2010/08/07/the-business-behind-facebook/

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The Business Behind Facebook…

August 11, 2010

[Source: PhD Online]Are you like me? I just love all the great info graphics…this one is via http://bitsandpieces.us/2010/08/07/the-business-behind-facebook/

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CALL FOR ARTISTS- Co:Operation Tableware

July 27, 2010



What is this exhibition about ?

An exhibition featuring work by pairs of artists who cooperatively create a set of tableware (functional or nonfunctional. )


To be exhibited at Fancy Gallery, Seattle during the SNAG conference 2011.


Why tableware?


Eating requires the systematic use of a variety of serving tools- from flatware to dinnerware to serveware. Many functional serving elements combine each time we sit down to enjoy a meal. A cup and a saucer, a knife and a fork, a soup bowl and a spoon, diverse items work hand in hand at the breakfast or dinner table.


Can two artists create cooperatively too?
Can two artists who typically work in different media (metal, paper, plastic, Cad Cam, enamel, ceramics, glass, wood, polymers etc.) create a set of objects that when combined allow for a meaningful function at the table?


This exhibition would like to show how two individual makers develop a tableware set together.


These objects can work together, respond to one another, converse between each other, or work dependently with one another. We are looking for work that has been developed by artists from a variety of craft backgrounds.


The goal of the exhibition is to show where the influence of each individual artist ends, and FLOWS into the creative sphere of the team, thus picking up on the SNAG conference theme FLUX (Flux as a Process.) The end result will be an exhibition of sets of items on which both artists worked cooperatively, and that complement each other in their function (e.g.: ladle and gravy bowl, fork and knife, pots and pans, cup and saucer, etc.)


Jurors: Sarah Abramson, Andy Cooperman, Brigitte Martin


The jurying process ensures that the work submitted is of the highest quality, and follows the curatorial mission outlined in the proposal. Factors such as craftsmanship, dedication to the concept of the show, diversity, intrigue, and interpretation of the call will be considered for the exhibition.


ELIGIBILITY - Artists considered for exhibition This exhibition is an open call to all craft artists regardless of medium. Artists are asked to form partnerships based on interest in each other’s work, and diversity in craft technique/materials displayed.


Cross-media and international relationships are strongly encouraged.



This is meant to be a FUN project.


If you ever wanted to create something with an artist friend of yours: This is your chance ! Only one member of each pairing is required to be a current member of SNAG, the other partner does not have to be a SNAG member.


Facilitation of potential collaborators: We have established a webpage where potential collaborators can connect with potential participants from another medium: In other words, if you are furniture maker, ceramicist etc and wish to collaborate with a SNAG member (and vice versa), we will try to facilitate this collaborative work relationship by having available candidates on two separate lists.


Webpage info:


SNAG members looking to collaborate with others


Become a member of CoOperation Tableware on Crafthaus http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/cooperationtableware>


Become a member of CoOperation Tableware on FaceBook


NOTE: The gallery will insure all artwork at wholesale price while on the gallery premises, all returned artwork will be shipped at gallery’s expense, and insured at full retail.


DEADLINES:
Deadline for entry (both electronic or by mail – no postmark): Nov 5, 2010
Artist Notification: Nov 15, 2010
Delivery to Gallery: On or before April 14, 2011
Exhibition Opening: May 5, 2011
Gallery Walk during SNAG Conference: 5 to 9p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011
Artwork returned from Gallery: Week of May 31, 2010


SUBMISSION FORM


Available on the Crafthaus CoOperation Tableware group page http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/cooperationtableware>


Please do NOT contact the gallery for questions regarding your entry, please direct all questions to Sarah Abramson or Brigitte Martin via: cooperationtableware@yahoo.com


Fancy Gallery 1914 2nd Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 http://www.fancyjewels.com/>
Online: After the closing of the exhibition, this show will also be featured as an online exhibition on crafthaus in June/July 2011 !


Photos from Four Seasons Design Group – Michael Michaud
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CALL FOR ARTISTS- Co:Operation Tableware

July 27, 2010

What is this exhibition about ? An exhibition featuring work by pairs of artists who cooperatively create a set of tableware (functional or nonfunctional. )
To be exhibited at Fancy Gallery, Seattle during the SNAG conference 2011.
Why tableware? …

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Saul Bell Design Award 2011

June 26, 2010
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Saul Bell Design Award 2011

June 26, 2010
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Marc Choyt’s "Meditations on a Circle-Based Business"

May 13, 2010


I am really impressed with the writing of Marc Choyt of
Reflective Images – you may be familiar with Marc as the voice of Fair Trade Jewelry – I recently stumbled across his blog from 2007 where he describes “The Circle Manifesto“.


If you are trying to get a more natural, organic vision for your jewelry business, take a few minutes to read through Marc’s article Meditations on a Circle-Based Business.

In the article Choyt draws lessons learned during the rehab of his creekside property in New Mexico into his development of a strong business model.

Some of the important take aways for me:

“A circle-based business is rooted in relationships that are nurtured by fair and equitable exchange. Every person inside and outside of the business is viewed as equal in their humanity.”

“Upward and downward spirals are occurring at the same time. To a large degree, the healthier and more resilient you are, the more choices you have.”

“The greatest indicator of business success is repeat business which comes from customer satisfaction. The greatest indicator of customer satisfaction is how much your employee enjoys his or her job.”

“To survive, we need to have direction and goals for certain, but many of the failures in business are because these goals do not even come close to understanding the dynamics of what takes place, even in a small company.”

“In essence, to find a solution, I need my entire capacity as a human being. The criteria, for a circle-based business, is that the river moves on the basis of fair and equitable exchange. Business that acts outside of fair and equitable exchange with the economy, ecology and community are not circle-based.”

….Marc’s Conclusion:

“We have been purchasing recycled gold and silver for our production, using “green” paper and switching to non-toxic chemicals in our work environment. For components that we imported heavily, we work primarily with an international manufacturer that works on a Fair Trade basis. Most recently, we implemented a program with an environmental organization to off-set our carbon use. We just do these things because they are the way we do business, given our values. We did not even consider the marketplace.

Now that we have a firm idea of who we are, we must adjust our marketing to go after the customer who sees value in what we are doing. We must target this community: the same group of people who shop for organics, support environmental sustainability and fuel the growth of yoga studios throughout the land. These are the cultural creatives, whose values are in sync with our business ethics.

A few people in the jewelry industry are standing behind fair trade and socially responsible business practices. Industry leaders have called it a‘huge opportunity’. Though it barely exists to mainstream jewelry, I am willing to step into this wave. It is who we are already and that must be reflected in our marketing approach.

The lesson for me here is that a circle-based business has to have an alignment between resources, production and marketing. Our approach is to put our ethos into the center of our brand image to draw additional support from the community who see the value of what we are doing.”

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Have you made the effort to use “greener” chemicals and practices in your workshop?

In the last three years have you seen a change in the outlook of not just jewelry makers but in the retail jewelers?

I am putting together a list of info on this topic and would love to add your input!
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Marc Choyt’s "Meditations on a Circle-Based Business"

May 13, 2010

I am really impressed with the writing of Marc Choyt of Reflective Images – you may be familiar with Marc as the voice of Fair Trade Jewelry – I recently stumbled across his blog from 2007 where he describes “The Circle Manifesto”.If you are trying to…

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Jewelry Insiders Develop Websites for their Own Industry!

May 4, 2010

Jewelry Website Designers know the challenges facing jewelers today.And we’ve got solutions that speak your language.Jewelry Website Designers announces its website development company exclusively for members of the jewelry trade. Created by and for me…

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