Welcome to the "Guidelines" project Kickstarter!
This is a passion project, so all the costs are coming out of my own wallet. The biggest costs I've been looking at are creating a limited printed catalogue for the work and getting materials to build displays. I don't mind investing in this myself because I believe in doing what I can to support artists in my field in a creative/collaborative way, educate others on what contemporary jewelry is, and of course get my own work out to be seen alongside other amazing artists in the form of an exhibition. That being said, as an artist beginning the transition of trying to make a living off of my own work, I know it will be difficult to financially do this on my own. Thats why I've created this campaign in hopes to raise money to help me achieve all of these goals, big or small.
All money raised will go towards helping us:
- Buy materials for building a display that will best showcase the work when exhibiting during SNAG in Chicago at Adorned Spaces in an 8x8ft space, and during our month long exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
- Travel costs getting up to Chicago and any shipping costs of the work. (to allow "Guidelines" to cover all costs of shipping work back to the artists after an exhibition)
- Creating around 20 limited printed copies of a project catalogue (this alone can cost up to and around $800)
- Lastly, it would support doing this project again! If I somehow end up having any money left over, it would be put it toward launching another edition of the Guidelines project. I've loved working on this over the past year, but it is a lot to take on by myself, more than I knew I was getting into when I started! But I already know I would love do do it again, potentially with co-captains helping with the project, with a new set of guidelines and a call out to a new group of artists to participate ... but that won't be for another year or so... something to look out for!
The three guidelines each artist received are:
- Make a necklace as long as you are tall. This first piece can be made out of a material of your choice and does not have to be wearable. Think sculpturally. The necklace must have a closure of some kind and the weight cannot exceed 30 pounds.
- Go for a walk outside on a Sunday, rain or shine. Begin your walk outside your home, walk a mile, and pick up an object you see on your walk. This object can be anything found, nothing purchased. Take a picture of your object where you found it before picking it up, this photo will be displayed with your final product. Bring your found object back and create a piece of jewelry.
- Make a brooch/pin that you feel represents one emotion you have felt since Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Each artist was given the same Guidelines along with instructions to create contemporary jewelry that doesn’t need to be traditionally wearable but must fall under the umbrella of adornment. The Guidelines touch upon topics that range from location to personal responses to the last presidential election. Each artist, utilizing their individual approach to contemporary jewelry making, interprets the guidelines in their own way.
AWARDS for you wonderful donors!!!!
Pink Cloud Earrings by Brie Flora:
Earrings by Dan Lynch:
Earrings by Olga Hall:
Earrings by Shelby Goldsmith:
Earrings by Kelly Jean Conroy:
Guidelines Print #1:
Guideline Print #2:
Guideline Print #3:
A little about me and why I started Guidelines...
This time last year, I decided over a morning cup of coffee that I wanted to create a project to engage me with my jewelry community in a new way. I had been living in TN at that point for 2 years, now going on 3 after living in Boston for 7 years where I had forged connections from my time as an undergraduate at Massart in the Jewelry&Metals and the Art Education departments. I worked as a jeweler's assistant for 4 years, taught beginning, intermediate, and open studio jewelry classes at Metalwerx, Lexingtion Arts and Craft Society, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education for a year, and held my first curated exhibition, Alloy, at the Lincoln Arts Project in Watham MA.
When I moved away to TN, I found myself feeling like I had taken a step back to again begin building up a new creative community. Then I thought, "why not reach out to my community at large?" With access to social media platforms today we can connect with people in our fields in ways we couldn't just 5-10 years ago. So I put a call out to artists on Instagram and was overwhelmed by the response.
Follow us on Instagram over the next couple of months leading up to this year's SNAG Conference in Chicago as I post work made from each Guideline by all of the amazing artists involved! @guidelines_jewelry
Risks and challenges
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