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"Beyond the Shores We Know" - Insights from Casey Sharpe

Casey Sharpe has worked closely with me for more than two months to combine the original audio recordings and lectures from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar for posting on YouTube. Below is a feature interview with Casey.  

Why did you volunteer to do this job for SNAG?
Casey Sharpe: I think it is important to preserve and share information.  The Professional Development Seminars are a really valuable tool for all craftspeople.  I’ve been a member of SNAG for over seven years, and I’ve found it a valuable resource, and a great way to connect with the larger jewelry and metalsmithing community. 

I Lay in the Tidal Pool
wool, silk, glass beads, sterling silver

Where do you find your inspiration?
Casey Sharpe:  As for my subject matter, my childhood was spent traveling between the east and west coasts of the United States.  I’ve spent most of my life living within an hour of the ocean, and have always been fascinated by quiet beaches.  There is something about the smell of the salt air, the cry of gulls, and the sand underfoot that soothes me, and I try to capture that in my work.

Sand and Barnacle Cufflinks
Sand, resin, sterling silver

Where did you learn metalworkS?
Casey Sharpe: I learned metalsmithing under Sharon Church and Rod McCormick at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.


Beyond the Shores We Know
silk, sea cell, glass beads, sterling silver


What has been the most helpful information or skill you learned in school?
Casey Sharpe: I think the most helpful thing I learned in school was to chase my interests, to pick up techniques and ideas, and to push everything as far as I could.  On the more technical side, I learned chasing and repousse in school, and absolutely fell in love with it.


Sand and Barnacle Pendants
sand, resin, sterling silver


What has been the most helpful skill or information you learned on the job?
Casey Sharpe: My day job taught me how many things I can do for myself, as well as when to hand off things to other people.  You have to know when to look for a professional, and when to ask for advice and do it yourself.  


Years After I Washed Ashore
wool, cotton, sterling silver

Where is your studio?
Casey Sharpe: I make all of my work out of my home studio in Los Angeles, CA

Where do you sell your work?
Casey Sharpe: Several galleries carry my work, including Freehand Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA), and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (Houston, TX).  I also have an Etsy shop.


Sand and Barnacle Earrings
sand, resin, sterling silver

Again, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Casey Sharpe. It was a true delight to work with her and she demonstrates one of the key values of volunteering -- getting to know new people and gaining experience.  Like her title, Casey was willing to go "beyond the shores we know" to venture into new territory. She did not even know how to combine the audio and Powerpoints for video,  but she jumped in and figured out a workable solution. This  trait that will take Casey far in the voyage of life.

Best Regards,

Countless Hours of Advocacy

Photography-In-Flux-Niche-Marketing-VerticalHave you ever thought about the countless hours speakers spend preparing the content of their presentations. That is the finale of a year or years of preparation. Every year, the Professional Development Seminar Committee worked for 12 months prior to the Conference to develop an informative program and group of speakers.

Initially, I wondered  how a wider audience could benefit from this amazing resource beyond the immediate three-hour program at the Conference.  It became obvious that if the presentations were posted online (with the permission of the speakers), they could serve as a recurring resource for years to come.  

Purple-Cow-5-presentations-verticalFor the past five years I have posted presentations from the Professional Development Seminar.  These presentations, given during the annual SNAG Conferences, provide valuable information useful for the entire arts and craft community. 

That was the early premise and hope.  But would it really work?

I am happy to report that after five years of postings, the online presentations recently achieved over 200,000 views! That is a testament in itself.  

This spring the original presentations along with audio moved to YouTube as videos.

ShippingVerticalIt was a lot of work and I desperately needed help to get this job done. 

Casey Sharpe stepped up and volunteered. She was instrumental in converting the original PowerPoints and audio recordings into video which were uploaded to YouTube. This tremendous resource would not have been available if it weren't for Casey's volunteer hours to make this happen.  

I'd like to express my deep appreciation for Casey's efforts. "Thank you, Casey."

After working with Casey Sharpe for the past three months, I thought that it was time to learn more about her work with a few questions. Tomorrow  is a special feature interview with Casey and comments about her work. The titles for her work are very interesting. See what you think? Stay tuned until tomorrow.

P.S. The Professional Development Seminar is looking for a person who is interested in editing the audio recordings of one more seminar; "Collectors, Collections and YOU" from the Minneapolis SNAG Conference. 2014. Would you be interested in helping?

Learn the fundamentals of audio editing, and work with me closely for a month or two to bring seven lectures to the arts and crafts community from the recent Professional Development Seminar. Leard how to edit audio (if you don't know how.) Listen to the valuable information from our speakers. Become informed. Be an advocate for the arts and crafts community.
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