I've been absorbing everything I can form this forum, trying to plan for the 2013 season as I have missed most of the boats for this year. I am bothered by a seeming paradox. One promotor states explicitly on the wesite that all components of jewelry in the fine craft fine art shows must be hand made by the artist with the exception of faceted gems, findings and chains.
1. In what category does this leave seed beads? I do some on- and off-loom bead weaving. I do not make my seed beads by hand.
2. Are the jump rings used in chain maille "findings"? I make some myself and purchase others.
3. Where does this leave jewelry designsers whose work consists entirely of assembled purchased findings and chains and "faceted gems" (actually semi-precious smooth stones and manufactured gems)? At least one such jewelry designer is on the exhibitor list for some of the very same promotor's shows. The entire design relies on purchased components not made by the designer.
I do not wish any of these people ill will. I am simply baffled. I want to make good choices as to how and where I market my own art.