Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Ideas

Since handmade jewelry is such an over-saturated market, almost every piece of business advice I have seen says that in order to distinguish yourself, one should find a niche product and focus on it.  The thing is, though, that I like and make all different kinds of jewelry depending on my mood at the time.  I don't really think I have a style or a theme that runs throughout all of my jewelry.  So what should I do?

Well, for one thing, I think I am going to work more on beaded art projects, which I had almost completely given up.  Not sure yet exactly what type of art yet, but I have some ideas beginning to form and I'll follow up on them.  You probably won't see the results for a while though, as I build up a body of work.

I have also thought of another niche area I could work in with beads.  I am in the process of testing designs to see if what I have in my mind translates into I imagine it being in real life.

Another thing I was thinking about doing is offering one-on-one tutoring.  This would be different that the pattern-based bead classes offered in the local bead shops.  I would work with only one student at a time, so they would have my undivided attention.  My plan is to work on the theory of each stitch, having the student learn it inside and out so that they would then have the tools to envision and create their own designs.  Before beginning this venture, I would like to give it some more thought and write out some lesson plans to see if this is a feasible idea.

Of course, all of this does not mean that I will stop making beaded jewelry.  I love to make jewelry, and will continue beading it and offering it in my ArtFire shop, which I have just recently resurrected.  Here is a picture of a couple of my recent beaded bracelets.



So, those are my plans for 2013.  Do you have any yet?  Would you like to share them?

Cat

3 comments:

Halinka said...

Hi,Cat:
I always read Your posts with the interest.
I do not know either,if I have got 'my own style'at jewelry making.I like it and will not stop making it,because of the changible fashion.Some say-'beadwork always looks oldfashioned'.There is some kind of 'vintage look' in it,despite the visible tries to make it look different,maybe more 'modern',or so.Moreover,the priorities of people's attitudes towards the 'beauty' have also changed-I think,which flows directly from my observation,into worse.I will not change my beading 'style' just only because the 'spikes' have become 'fashionable' nowadays.I do not like their 'predatory' looks and will not try to use them anywhere and anyhow.I observe the 'jewelry pieces' made with them and...do not comment upon,because I wouldn't like to harm anybody anyhow.I prefer not to get commenting upon something I dislike,but in my opinion the spikes are neither decorative,nor'beautiful' and only the question arises,if the ugliness tries to mean 'the beauty'....The world is strange sometimes:-)
Your bracelets are simple,but fine.Fine in colors and expression-wearable in any way.
Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Halinka said...

Hi,Cat:
I always read Your posts with the interest.
I do not know either,if I have got 'my own style'at jewelry making.I like it and will not stop making it,because of the changible fashion.Some say-'beadwork always looks oldfashioned'.There is some kind of 'vintage look' in it,despite the visible tries to make it look different,maybe more 'modern',or so.Moreover,the priorities of people's attitudes towards the 'beauty' have also changed-I think,which flows directly from my observation,into worse.I will not change my beading 'style' just only because the 'spikes' have become 'fashionable' nowadays.I do not like their 'predatory' looks and will not try to use them anywhere and anyhow.I observe the 'jewelry pieces' made with them and...do not comment upon,because I wouldn't like to harm anybody anyhow.I prefer not to get commenting upon something I dislike,but in my opinion the spikes are neither decorative,nor'beautiful' and only the question arises,if the ugliness tries to mean 'the beauty'....The world is strange sometimes:-)
Your bracelets are simple,but fine.Fine in colors and expression-wearable in any way.
Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Cat said...

Halinka, I love your comments! I agree with you so much about the spikes. That is one bead that will never see my bead mat, lol. But, like you said, I keep my comments to myself, everyone has their own likes and dislikes, and some people like them very much.

Cat