The Review after the Fair

Event - Art Fair

Do you do a review after your fair? Look at what went well, what didn’t go well. It may make a difference for your next event or the next time you come to this fair.

I worked for a Chamber of Commerce for years, and they put on world-class events. They had been doing this for years and had it down to a science. They had people in charge of each area of the event. They had volunteers under these people. Everyone had a job to do, and they all had someone to report to if things didn’t go well. Continue reading “The Review after the Fair”

Jewelry Designing Classes – How To’s

Jewelry - Silver necklace with purple sunburst

If you are interested in jewelry making or designing but are not sure where to start, CreativeLive has a series of classes this week you can watch for free! The classes take you through a couple of the art forms to create handmade jewelry.  

One is more fundamental, and the other assumes you have had experience in the art form. 

You can choose to watch just the one which interests you the most or binge-watch all of them. This week the courses are free! After this week in November, you will need to purchase them. 

The dates we have listed here are based on US time frames, you can go into CreativeLive to set up your own time zone, so you don’t miss them.

A suggestion – bookmark this page as a resource to the classes if you don’t have time this week to watch. 

Here is the listing of classes for jewelry making –

beginning wirework for jewelry making  

This course is By Raissa Bump. It is an hour-long series of videos to get you started in the art of metal jewelry making. The course description is: “Raïssa will take you through the ring, bangle, and earring making process, from start to finish, and teach techniques you can use for your future jewelry work.” There is also a guide for the tools you will need. The list is inclusive of everything required to complete the projects she shows. This class is free on November 9, and then you can purchase it for a fee.  

wireworking with beads for jewelry 

This is the second video in the series with Raissa Bump. She continues on from the first video, Beginner Wireworking for Jewelry, and shows how to add beads to your jewelry. This series takes approximately 45 minutes; she will walk you through creating chain links, adding beads, shaping and joining links, and finally adding clasps. Again, she gives a complete guide to everything you will need to complete the project she is showing. 

This class is streaming for free on November 10 and available for purchase at any time.

beginning stamping for jewelry –

In this short video series, Raissa Bump will walk you through the techniques to complete a stamped ring. Raissa will walk you through the stamping process from start to finish. You will also receive templates to create your own rings. 

This class is streaming for free on November 11, 2020, and available for purchase at any time.

foundations in metalsmithing bracelets

Megan Auman is a jewelry designer and has created this series of videos to introduce you to metalsmithing. This 5-hour series will walk you through the process of creating bracelets. This class comes with the assumption you have done metalsmithing before and know the basics of it. It also assumes you have the necessary tools needed to do it.

The class streams for free on November 12, 2020, and is available for a fee at other times. 

If you are brand new to this form of jewelry making, you may want to find someone in your area who does this kind of work and take a class from them. In the Detroit area, the Smith Shop runs workshops.

Explorations in metalsmithing – hollow fabrication – 

Megan Auman continues teaching metalsmithing in this almost six-hour video series. Again, this class assumes you have the correct tools and have some experience in this art form. But even if you don’t, it is a fascinating class to watch. The course will provide you with a list of tools and supplies you need.

The class streams for free on November 13, 2020, and is available for a fee at other times. 

EXPLORATIONS IN METALSMITHING – CREATIVE CHAIN MAKING – 

Megan Auman continues teaching metalsmithing in this five and a half-hour video series. This class builds your metalsmithing skills and, again, assumes you have the tools and some experience in this art form.

The class streams for free on November 14, 2020, and is available for a fee at other times. 

To review our list of jewelry making videos –

We have listed six different video series to watch and build your jewelry making skills. The first series is geared for the beginner looking to create jewelry for the first time. The metalsmithing series assumes knowledge of this media. Both types require an investment of tools and supplies to get into the art of jewelry making.

To avoid the initial fees, we would suggest finding a local art center or organization that runs these classes. This way, you can learn and discover if this is something you would like to pursue before spending your money on the tools. 

If you know of organizations that run classes, please feel free to leave their information in the comments. We would love to continue building resources for our community.

If you are interested in other types of resources, we have started a weekly series to give you creative resources for your business. You can check out last week’s resources here or scroll through other posts to see what else we have covered.

 

 

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Learn Something Fun Today

Kayak on Dock - seeing from a different lens

Sometimes we need to learn something new and fun. Today’s recommendations are all about learning something new, which could also be different and fun from what you are currently doing. Creativity is always sparked by new and different ways of seeing.

This week’s opportunities to learn something fun include; a few video series on CreativeLive, a short blog post, and just taking yourself outside with your camera or phone!

Here are this week’s learn something fun today opportunities: Continue reading “Learn Something Fun Today”

Product Photography Tips – The How To’s

Fall Coffee Mug - Product Photography

This week is all about product photography tips – the how to’s to up your photos’ quality. Why only product photography? Because this is how you show up in a virtual world.  

When you sell online, photos are the first time your customers see your work. Applying to fairs, it is also the first time the judges will see your work. Creating high-quality images is essential. It is your first chance to make a great first impression in a crowded world.  

A suggestion – bookmark this page and return when you have time or want to learn a few tips on product photography.

Continue reading “Product Photography Tips – The How To’s”

Five New Business Resources

Learning Resources

We are back with five new business resources for the week of September 20. We are making these posts items you can use anytime, with the free portions denoted on the date. This week we have included two short blog posts to read because sometimes that is all the time you have to learn. 

Below is the current week of resources:

Use Anytime

Seven Ways to Boost Your Confidence as an Artist 

An article posted on Artwork Archive. Seven things to think about and work on as an artist to help you gain confidence in yourself as an artist. Some suggestions are as simple as getting up and moving to give yourself a break from a piece of work which you can’t get quite right. It is a quick read and worth the few minutes of your time.

Staying Connected to Meaning in Your Work – Leo Babauta writes on Zen Habits the importance of working with your why and staying connected to it during your day. The past six months have taken its toll on us, and it is essential to take time each day to reconnect with why you are doing what you do. Continue reading “Five New Business Resources”

Getting started with Amazon Handmade

Online Amazon Handmade

Getting started with Amazon Handmade

There are many different online platforms to sell your handmade items. Today, we will discuss getting started with Amazon Handmade. Amazon is one of the largest online stores. And they have created a specific online shop just for handmade items. Amazon Handmade isn’t like Etsy or other online stores; you will need to apply and be accepted before you are allowed to open up your shop.

So, what is involved in the application, and who can apply?   Continue reading “Getting started with Amazon Handmade”

Quick Steps to Get Selling on Etsy Today

Selling Online

Want to setup an online storefront, but think it is too hard.  Today, we will outline the quick steps needed to get selling on Etsy today.  Of all of the online platforms to sell from,  Etsy is one of the simplest to get your storefront open today.   With a little investment in time, pictures of what you wish to sell, and a store name, you can be up and running within an hour. If you are starting and do not have an online following, Etsy is an easy option for online sales.

These are the five quick steps to get selling on Etsy today!

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When All Events Canceled

Photo of an Art Fair

Sometimes when you are over-scheduled, having an event canceled feels good. Maybe you were trying to do one more thing in an already packed schedule. However, when you look at your calendar and all your events have canceled, it is scary. As an artist and maker who sells through live shows, it is overwhelming now.

I will be the first to admit I thought events would be canceled through early summer. I never thought events would be canceled throughout the summer, and some are even postponing into November. Continue reading “When All Events Canceled”

Apply to the Best Art Fairs For Your Unique Art Style

Applying Art Fairs

You did your search and found a few art or craft shows where you would like to sell. Now, to apply to the best art fairs based on your unique style and needs.

Do a little work and think about what you sell. Who do you think buys what you sell? Do you sell soap, photographs, hand-knit baby blankets, paintings? What is your price point?  Where would your potential customers be shopping?

Now go back to your list of potential shows you found from your previous search.  

Click into the event or go into the application and look at the information the event organizer is telling you. Is this a small-town show with a few vendors? Is the small town wealthy? Quirky? Full of tourists? Continue reading “Apply to the Best Art Fairs For Your Unique Art Style”