Calling all EBSQ Artists, now is the time to enter the February Exhibit – What a Doll. The exhibit is open to both 2D and 3D artists. That’s right! You could hand make your own doll or depict a doll in a painting. Deadline to enter is February 28th!
1. Snowy Field by Delilah Smith reminds me of the countryside here in rural Georgia, especially after the snow storm we had in 2010. Beautiful!
2. You’ve finished a painting just in time for a show, but you need to transport it safely while it dries–what do you do? Check out this great article: How to Make a Wet Painting Holder.
3. Free Video Art Lessons from Jerry’s Artarama – Yes. Free. Enjoy!
4. What qualifies as handmade? Things are changing at Etsy.
5. DrawQuest is now available for iPhone users! What’s the purpose? To encourage daily drawing. Can’t go wrong with that.
The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere.
1. Cover Art for Appaloosa Journal 2011 – Congratulations to EBSQ Artist, Marcia Baldwin! Her painting Spirit Warrior was chosen for the cover of Peak to Peak 2011.
2. More Showings Locally – If you live near Brooksville, FL you have the chance to see a small exhibit of paintings by our very own Maria Greene!
3. One World One Heart Giveaway – Lisa Nelson is giving away one of her handmade mermaid dolls. There are already over 100 entries, but it’s all random so you get your name in today!
4. Time Changes Everything – Claire Bull, a new member of EBSQ, shares a bit about her creative process and also the variety of mediums she utilizes.
5. Best in Show – Congratulations to Fawn McNeill Barr who one best in show for her painting Fierce Beauty!!
Have a great weekend and for those of you snowed in stay safe and stay warm!
The following is a guest post by EBSQ Artist & Jewelry designerJulianne Carson
Why should you buy hand-created jewelry online instead of shopping at a department store or national chain jewelery stores where you are able to touch, examine, and try on the jewelry? I think you will pleasantly surprised at the unique jewelry designs and consistent high quality you’ll find, not to mention better pricing.
Handcrafted vs. Mass-Produced
The majority of jewelry you’ll find at your local department stores have been mass-produced, whereas the jewelry you’ll find from an online jewelry designer is more often than not, handcrafted. While some people don’t appreciate the quality and value of a unique handmade piece of jewelry, others appreciate the time and artwork that goes into the piece. There are many reasons to buy handcrafted jewelry versus mass-produced jewelry. The main reason being that when a jewelry product is mass-produced, the biggest concern for the manufacturer is their bottom line. How much money will each piece cost them and how low can they get their costs? This could mean the compromise of quality materials and assembly, which means you need to ask yourself if the metal is sterling silver or nickel, or, are the pearls on this necklace real? However, when a designer is constructing their jewelry designs by hand, they have complete control over each piece, its quality and materials, and each piece is approved by the designer because it was crafted by their own hands. When I create jewelry, I only use quality materials and inspect every element thoroughly before shipping the finished pieces to my clients.
Does buying more expensive handcrafted jewelry online mean greater savings?
When you buy from an online jewelry designer you are paying for the jewelry and for a very small percentage of their overhead costs. An online jewelry designer such as myself doesn’t have nearly as much overhead as your local department store.
Keep in mind that jewelry designers such as myself have to pay for their website store front, advertising fees and materials to make their jewelry. Most of my friends who are jewelry designers as well, work from their home, so they are using their home utilities and they don’t have to pay for studio space. When you look at working from your own home vs. store front space, the difference in rent is huge.
Local department stores that sell jewelry have to pay rent for their location, which is usually their most expensive overhead cost, plus salaries for their employers, advertising costs, licensing fees, utilities, wholesale merchandise, and the list goes on. In addition to these overhead costs, the merchandise itself is shipped and passed through many hands before it reaches the retailer. The manufacturer has sold their merchandise to a wholesaler, who then sells the merchandise to the retailer, who then displays the merchandise to sell to you, the customer. In many cases, the prices are more than doubled at each stage, starting from the manufacturer.
As for your savings, it just makes sense to support local jewelry artists and people who offer hand-made goods. When you buy your jewelry from an online jewelry designer, you know that you are getting a customized, high quality piece of jewelry. You will find that materials and assembly aren’t compromised, and the amount of money you are paying for your jewelry is much closer to the actual cost of making the jewelry. Yes, your online jewelry designer is making a profit because it is their business. However, they aren’t selling their jewelry to anyone before it reaches you. You might be paying more for handcrafted jewelry, but you are paying for quality work direct from the creator instead of price inflation, your local department store’s rent, and subsidizing advertising costs on an ad you probably never even saw. Additionally, when you buy direct from the creator, you are guaranteed a truly unique piece of jewelry that will serve as a keepsake for years to come.
When you buy from a small online jewelry business you are going to receive the personal attention you deserve as a customer. Your contact is usually directly from the designer when you place an order. I love that when you deal with a small business you aren’t treated like a number in a huge array of orders. Unlike a large business or department store, a small online business offers great customer service, which will result in a higher customer satisfaction. When you are buying unique handmade jewelry that will serve as a one-of-a-kind accessory for your jewelry collection, you want the personal attention that a small business can give you. In addition, you will probably find out about the designer’s background, or exactly how each piece of jewelry was made, which adds character and greater personal value to your purchase. Custom orders are a common service through online jewelry retailers.
There isn’t a better place to buy unique handmade jewelry than directly from the jewelry designer. You will find the quality and value you are looking for in addition to a truly unique piece of jewelry for your collection.
When we take a look at the recession, I think that a lot of us have had to watch spending and do more with less, myself included. I have to watch how I spend that hard-earned money and I understand the importance of “good” deals.
I could run to a department store and get a couple of things versus purchasing one handmade or local item. When I think about it, are the department store goodies as special and unique as that local handmade treasure? For me, the answer is an absolute NO. I want that one special item. I also want to know that I am making a difference to the person I am buying the item from.
I totally support buying local, handmade items because I want to make a change, not just for myself, but for my fellow artisans who are devoting their time to making beautiful works of art to support their families. I have heard every reason why many people still go for the quick, cheap, and mass-produced stuff that is most commonly manufactured in other countries. As we saw in some children’s jewelry produced in China last year with compromised materials, it can even be lethal! On a personal note, mass-produced work is simply not the right choice for me or my family.
My hope is that I can get a message out to my friends, and they in turn pass the message on that supporting local artisans selling handmade items can slowly, but definitely make a world of difference in our economy. It could also help change spending habits.
Would it really make a difference? YES! Please support original artists and artisans selling handmade this holiday season.
EBSQ Artist Julianne Carson of Hippie Chic Jewelz has been creating handmade jewelry from her studio in Texas since 1995.
Don’t let this juried show pass you by:
From 4/1/2010 thru 4/30/2010
Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials. This was one of our most popular shows of the past ten years and we’re happy to bring it back in honor of our 10th anniversary exhibition season. Repurposed is more than getting out old family photos and using them to make coasters or taking a tool box and turning it into a toy chest. This show is about taking things that are destined for the landfill and turning them into art. Yep, we’re talking trash here. This is “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” on steroids and your challenge for this show is to take what would normally never get a second look, what most people would throw away, and create. It can be anything from a coffee filter to a broken chair. An old, spare wheel or an abused and broken toy. Box tops, cans, scraps of fabric, cd cases, jars, coolers, old oven racks… you get the idea. Anything that has found its way into the dustbin or onto the curb is fair game. What you do with your finds – what other things you combine them with, is entirely up to you and limited only by your imagination.
To make things even more interesting, this is a juried show, with a $5 fee-per-entry for participation. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the winner selected by juror Emily Towbin Levenson of the Pittsburgh Craft Collective.
Please tell us what items you used to create your entry, where they came from and how you put it all together. Also include why you used what you did and why it caught your eye. If texture or other small elements are pivotal to your piece, please be sure to include detail shots.
Some additional items of note:This exhibit is open to all paid members of the EBSQ Self-Representing Artist community. Not yet a member? Consider joining today!
Entry fees ($5 per entry) are payable via our Chipin widget.
Eligible entries must meet all points of the prospectus. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This exhibit has special entry requirements
There is a required $5 entry fee per piece submitted, payable via our Chipin widget.
To add an entry to any show:
- Upload your art or search your artcase for the piece you’d like to enter.
- Select “enter show” from the pull-down menu at the right hand side of this item (the default says “edit”) and click the “go” button.
- Find the show you wish to enter and read over the prospectus to make sure your piece meets all of the requirements. If you feel you’re good to go, click “enter.”
- That’s it; you’re all done!
Artists may submit up to 5 pieces per show.
Self adornment – we love it. One of the oldest and most popular types of self decoration is the wearing of jewelry. Some of the most special pieces are individual and created by hand. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist but of the wearer. A beautiful ring or simple pendant can speak to the feelings of the one who made it and how the person who wears it sees themself. Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is that often anonymous coming together of personalities that is unique.
Featuring artist-made jewelry by:
Dichroic Moon and Fine Silver Pendant by Carmen Trueheart
The Autumn Necklace by Terah Lyn Ware
Pendant with Spider Web Agate by Christina A Kap0no
The Horsehoe and the Bismuth Necklace by Sholeh Mesbah
Tidal Wave Pool by Stephanie D’Aigle
[View more Bling in the EBSQ Artist-Made Jewelry Gallery]
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