Alina, a student at Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA asks, "What are your top 3 "can't live without tools and books for jewelry making?"*
There are so many possibilities, but as an advocate for business development, I think the practical information in the Professional Guidelines is a # 1 tool for survival in the real world outside of school.
Next, consider looking at the resources from the Professional Development Seminar available on the SNAG web site and my web site. Many years of collective experience, wisdom learned, handouts and lectures can be found online for free.
One of my favorite books is Making and Marketing Better Artwork by Milon Townsend. " While Townsend is a glass artist, the information in the book is practical and relevant to all media. There are "11 chapters including information on working with galleries; pricing your artwork; wholesaling vs. retailing, wholesale vs. consignment; literature and advertising; photography;...and practical answers to many of the questions that both the novice and the seasoned professional will encounter during their working lives."
Alina also asked about tools for jewelry making. This is much more specific. It really depends on the kind of work you make. I would keep your first tool purchases fundamental but would also advise to go for quality. For me, as a metalsmith:
- The best quality (e.g. German) flush cutters;
- Drill and Wire gauge 1-60 (buy it from a hardware store to save money);
- Complete set of drill bits 1-60 and 61-80.
And There Was Light © 2004
Recycled tin cans, 10k gold, ss rivets.
Artist: Harriete Estel Berman
Photo Credit: Philip Cohen
Keep in mind that your most creative tool is your brain, regardless of the specific media or craft.