In an article entitled MJSA Creates Custom Jeweler Membership (the article was in essence advertising a new service to a small segment of manufacturing jewellers in America) that appeared as their latest news feed, I noticed this;
“…custom design has become an area of growth for many retailers. In the most recent Cost of Doing Business Report published by Jewelers of America, the “designer/artist/custom jewelers” category was the only one in which median sales increased—by 3.1 percent.”
Hmm, I’m listening. Then they carried on with this;
“And as industry analyst Ken Gassman notes, the twenty-something “Millennial” generation has a high interest in personalized products, which suggests continued growth for retailers who offer custom services, particularly in bridal.”
Now, discounting the bridal part (well who hasn’t done that at some stage eh? Oh, just me?…) this is interesting news for those of us who occupy the ‘designer/artist/custom’ end of the manufacturing spectrum.
This means that we should all be making a fortune, surely? OK, so maybe it’s more along the lines that while the rest of market is just chugging along, we’re actually starting to appeal to the masses.
I feel this might be something that the artist jewellers knew all along – we’re the trendsetters!
Last week I found out that a couple of my images my “submission” has made it into the soon-to-be-released Art Jewelry Today 3 by Schiffer Publications in the US. I sent them a bunch of images, over a year ago, so I have no idea which they have chosen to include. It’ll be as much as a surprise to me as to anybody else. When I receive my own paid-for copy…
BTW, let me know if you’re in the market for any Schiffer publications, including this book, as I have an opportunity to order more than just mine.
I’d like to say I’m an optimist, but sometimes I count my chickens before they’ve hatched. If I haven’t heard from an organisation long after the deadline has lapsed, I assume the worst and move on. In those cases I assumed the egg has been scrambled.
On Monday I received a letter in the post, from an organisation I had completely forgotten about. The letter, which on sight I had pegged as containing the inevitable “you were part of a very strong field, but we’re sorry, you’re not accepted”, turned out to have “Accept” next to the name of my work. (Which made me more inclined to absolve the saggy syntax in the letter.)
I’m pleased and proud to reveal that my work, Cigarette Case Set, is to be published next year in the Lark Crafts book 500 Silver Jewelry Designs.
It seems some eggs take a little longer to incubate than others. I’m cool with that!
I don’t have many images of myself up on the internet. Well, not ones that could be found quickly or easily, anyway. If I suddenly made into a headline, an online newspaper would have to do a fairly exhaustive search, or do what they used to do, ask the person in question (or in many cases, the bereaved family…) for an image.
Craft Arts International (issue 79) -Reveiw of Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables ’09, and still in the actual exhibition, as it slowly continues the tour around the eastern seaboard. Klimt02 Forum Noosa Regional Gallery