I just have to brag a bit – I got a Google Alert the other day and found this:
The lovely editors at Indie Collective are writing up reviews of all the jewelers in the 2007 Holiday Gift Guide. Thanks, IC!
Since starting to make jewelry this spring and joining Etsy, I have been inspired to learn as many new techniques as I can, and I’m now taking a jewelry class at Studio Jewelers, Ltd. in Manhattan.
I wore the necklace below to the class a few weeks ago; it’s one of my favorites and always gets lots of attention:
As I was leaving, this woman, who is already annoying for various reasons, said “Oh, that’s beautiful. Did you make it?”
I said “Thank you but no, it is handmade, just not by me.”
She said “Oh, that’s too bad!”
So I’m thinking, why is that too bad? I must have looked puzzled because she said “Now that you are taking this class, you can make that yourself. It’s really easy!”
Um… it doesn’t look easy to me. To be fair, I am taking the class to learn the metal-smithing and fabricating techniques that are required to make things like this, but that’s not the same thing.
She then went on to say something like “When you see how easy it is, you’re going to think ‘I fell for that???’ Ha ha ha.”
Huh? Was she advocating simply copying someone else’s design? Was she trying to make me feel bad for spending money on something I really like?
The world of DIY is an interesting one. Where is the line? Where do we stop valuing creativity and artistry – our own and that of others – in the name of doing it ourselves?
I didn’t ‘fall for’ anything. Even if I could make this (which I can’t), the fact is that I didn’t. And won’t. And I would much rather reward someone for their creativity and efforts than simply copy someone.
I promised myself over and over again that I would start blogging, but I just never seemed to get around to it. Well, here it is!
There will be something much more interesting than this to read in just a day or two, so please check back.
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