So You Want To Do Craft Shows...
16 Important Lessons I Learned For Successfully Doing Craft Shows!
In this class, I discuss critical choices jewelry designers need to make when doing craft shows. That means, understanding everything involved, and asking the right questions.
Learn How To...
...Find, Evaluate and Select Craft Shows Right For You
...Set Realistic Goals
...Compute a Simple Break-Even Analysis
...Best to Develop Your Applications and Apply
...Understand How Much Inventory To Bring
...Best Promote and Operate Your Craft Show Business
Doing craft shows is a wonderful experience. You can make a lot of money. You meet new people. You have new adventures. And you learn a lot about business and arts and crafts designing.
Lesson 1: Not Every Craft Show Is Alike
Lesson 2: Research All Your Possibilities
Lesson 3: Know Which Craft Shows Are For You, and, Which Are NOT For You
Lesson 4: Set Realistic Goals
Lesson 5: Get Those Applications In Early
Lesson 6: Promote, Promote, Promote
Lesson 7: Set Up For Success
Lesson 8: Bring Enough Inventory To Sell
Lesson 9: Sell Yourself And Your Craft At The Show
Lesson 10: Make A List Of Things To Bring
Lesson 11: Be Prepared To Accept Credit Cards
Lesson 12: Price Things To Sell, Minimize Discounting and Haggling
Lesson 13: Keep Your Money Safe
Lesson 14: Focus Your Strategies For Generating Follow-Up Sales
Lesson 15: Take Care Of Yourself
Lesson 16: Be Nice To Your Neighbors
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CONQUERING THE CREATIVE MARKETPLACE:
Between the Fickleness of Business
and the Pursuit of Design
How dreams are made
between the fickleness of business
and the pursuit of jewelry design
This guidebook is a must-have for anyone serious about making money selling jewelry. I focus on straightforward, workable strategies for integrating business practices with the creative design process. These strategies make balancing your creative self with your productive self easier and more fluid.
Based both on the creation and development of my own jewelry design business, as well as teaching countless students over the past 35+ years about business and craft, I address what should be some of your key concerns and uncertainties. I help you plan your road map.
Whether you are a hobbyist or a self-supporting business, success as a jewelry designer involves many things to think about, know and do. I share with you the kinds of things it takes to start your own jewelry business, run it, anticipate risks and rewards, and lead it to a level of success you feel is right for you, including
- Getting Started: Naming business, identifying resources, protecting intellectual property
- Financial Management: basic accounting, break even analysis, understanding risk-reward-return on investment, inventory management
- Product Development: identifying target market, specifying product attributes, developing jewelry line, production, distribution, pricing, launching
- Marketing, Promoting, Branding: competitor analysis, developing message, establishing emotional connections to your products, social media marketing
- Selling: linking product to buyer among many venues, such as store, department store, online, trunk show, home show, trade show, sales reps and showrooms, catalogs, TV shopping, galleries, advertising, cold calling, making the pitch
- Resiliency: building business, professional and psychological resiliency
- Professional Responsibilities: preparing artist statement, portfolio, look book, resume, biographical sketch, profile, FAQ, self-care
SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEWELRY DESIGNER
Merging Your Voice With Form
So You Want To Be A Jewelry Designer reinterprets how to apply techniques and modify art theories from the Jewelry Designer’s perspective. To go beyond craft, the jewelry designer needs to become literate in this discipline called Jewelry Design. Literacy means understanding how to answer the question: Why do some pieces of jewelry draw your attention, and others do not? How to develop the authentic, creative self, someone who is fluent, flexible and original. How to gain the necessary design skills and be able to apply them, whether the situation is familiar or not.
PEARL KNOTTING…Warren’s Way
Easy. Simple. No tools. Anyone Can Do!
I developed a nontraditional technique which does not use tools because I found tools get in the way of tying good and well-positioned knots. I decided to bring two cords through the bead to minimize any negative effects resulting from the pearl rotating around the cord. I only have you glue one knot in the piece. I use a simple overhand knot which is easily centered. I developed a rule for choosing the thickness of your bead cord. I lay out different steps for starting and ending a piece, based on how you want to attach the piece to your clasp assembly.
SO YOU WANT TO DO CRAFT SHOWS:
16 Lessons I Learned Doing Craft Shows
In this book, I discuss 16 lessons I learned, Including How To (1) Find, Evaluate and Select Craft Shows Right for You, (2) Determine a Set of Realistic Goals, (3) Compute a Simple Break-Even Analysis, (4) Develop Your Applications and Apply in the Smartest Ways, (5) Understand How Much Inventory to Bring, (6) Set Up and Present Both Yourself and Your Wares, (7) Best Promote and Operate Your Craft Show Business before, during and after the show.
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