May 19, 2003, 11:26 AM
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I was making my first post here, and my software timed out on me. I've fixed the "bug" so now the forum will keep you logged in long enough to finish a long post, or be distracted.
It was a long article, about the number of "takers" rather than "sharers" I've encountered this past first year. It was sparked by something I had been writing, and by another post I was making.
Mostly the negative vibes come from the "jewelry making" crowd. Something seems to happen when you start to call yourself a "jewelry maker." On one forum, people get so nasty, they complain when people admire their work too much, even threaten bodily harm against people who look at their stuff too intently!!
I'm not politically correct, and I tried to argue with some of these people, and eventually gave up. They are too set in their ways, believing that what they do is so unique, it is only theirs.
Well.... from what I've seen most things have been done before, and "rediscovery" is a continual process. New beaders, wire workers, or artists continually re-discover things that have been done before. Even the person "originally" given credit for it, may not have been the "originator." They got their idea from trial and error, or perhaps from inspiration from another work.
Many of my "errors" that have been tossed into my bags, are shown in the press as "new techniques" <G>
Anyway, to make this long tirade short, I am both pleased with the "beaders" I've met who have shared their work, and who continually work to help others learn and love the craft of beading, wire working, or jewelry artistry (not "making" <G>), and disappointed with *most* of the on-line forums about "jewelry making" and to a large extent, beading.
I'm writing an article, "Jewelry Making: The Big Secret! (There are no secrets!)", it'snot ready for prime time, yet, but it will be soon.
What I loved about crafts fairs (in the "old days") was all the craftsmen/people showing off not only their finished works, but how they did them! Creating new items during the run of the show. Today, that has become much more rare. People hide, protect, shield, and try to prevent others from "copying" their work. Copying is true flattery, but the bottom line is -- if they could really copy it, they would be good enough to do their own, and would.
If you have to try to protect something that hard, to the point of threatening "lookers" with bodily harm, then what you are protecting is not worth protecting!
After all, if you sell the piece, loads of people -- mostly admirers of that sort of work -- will be handling it, putting it up to close scrutiny, and --- yes --- copying it if they want to! Why be so mean about it???
In "my day" (lol), people were so excited to show off, and share their skills, you often had to hit them over the head to get away from them!
Anyway.... My first reflection of the past year is obviously mixed. I also find it odd, that this is the first reflection I have, but it's so "in your (my) face" that I felt it was worth commenting on.
Most of the things we do will revolve around this -- sharing, teaching, exploring, working WITH our customers, students and visitors to create new things, pass on the skills, the techniques, and love of making "things" (jewelry, baubles, whatnots).
Don't be afraid to ask! If we can show you we will. If we can't, we'll schedule a time, or create a class, or go searching for the information.
Until next time....
PUGDOG's Rock & Bead Shop
Pittsburgh, PA 15217