Originally uploaded by MarciNYC
Over the past week, I’ve received three invitations from friends/neighbors/co-workers to various jewelry parties – Lia Sophia, Silpada, you name it. I’ve wavered between finding it amusing to being slightly annoyed with these invites.
In the case of my co-worker who probably doesn't know what I do outside of my day job, I’m more forgiving. With my friends and neighbors, it’s been quite hard to sit there with a smile on my face and politely decline when I’m fighting back a response along the lines of “Uh, hello? You know I *make* jewelry. Whatever gave you the slightest idea that I’d want to purchase some overpriced, mass-produced crap?”
Granted, there’s a time and a place for this sort of jewelry – just not in my jewelry box.
I’ll admit I can’t make everything – either because I’m not skilled in the technique or I have no interest in working with certain materials, so I am still in the market to purchase jewelry from others. But I don’t want to have the same jewelry everyone else has – which is why these jewelry parties turn me off so. I want to buy handmade. I want jewelry that is different from what everyone else wears. I like to support these artists at the local craft fairs or the not-so-local artists who sell their wares on etsy. (I may sound a bit like an etsy shill, but I’m in awe of the work of some of the sellers there – jewelry or otherwise.)
I’ve been considering hosting an open house/trunk show event and asking a couple of my fellow EtsyNJ team members if they’d be interested in participating – but the reality is that my autumn schedule is already pretty solidly booked. Off in the distance is an idea of hosting a jewelry party of my own after hours at work. Just things that are mulling around in my head, but that would possibly help me and my work get noticed – and in the long run, maybe fend off some of these unwanted invites. In the mean time, I’m looking forward to a day in the studio on Friday. Ideas are bouncing around in my head and I’d like to either get them down on paper or the beadboard.