Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
The other day when I stopped to buy some E-6000, the woman in the checkout line ahead of me was buying an armful of jewelry magazines.
As we were crawling by inches forward, she turned to me, admired my necklace and asked, "Which magazine did you find that one in?"
I was surprised at the height, breathe and depth of my indignation. I have been thinking about this moment and I have an epiphany to share with you:
People who copy from books, magazines, websites or classes are not artists!
They are copy-cats.
I have never used a book, magazine or the web for my work. Every design comes from my imagination. I have taken certification classes in a process but never a class on how to make a pair of earrings. I have a book on how to use the various PMCs which I received in my cert class, my kiln operating book, a book on the properties of natural gemstones, one on pearls and a general How To Bible of tools and techniques.
Aren't there clear instructions at Art Fairs that nothing can be made from a kit?
Well, following the step-by-step instructions (with pictures) is just like using a kit. You just go to the local bead shop and they will read your instruction set and give you everything that would have been in that kit.
Today I was back at the store and thought I would look through the lot. I could not believe the silliness, the trashiness, the lack of balance or color, the ART-LESS-NESS of the patterns in these ad filled mags. This is a business: NOT one set to build the next Artist.
I am sure Michaelangelo wasn't pausing on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, waiting for his monthy magazine for inspiration.