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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sowebo and Greenmount West

The Jewelry Project hosted jewelry making tables on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. I met so many amazing people at both the Greenmount West garden and the Sowebo arts festival, and am excited to organize everyone to start the "new" Jewelry Project. More info soon to come. I hope to organize a meeting with all interested mentors, advisory board members, and volunteers in the beginning of July. Give me an email if you are interested in being a part of this planning process:

Enjoy the photos!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Some resources, and a new direction!

The Jewelry Project is taking a new direction!

Over the next few months, the Jewelry Project will transition from being a workshop based in the House Of Ruth's shelter to becoming a community based, entrepreneurial training program. Participants from transitional housing programs will sign on for six months of weekly or bi-monthly workshops in designing a compelling line of jewelry, creating that line using a variety of techniques, and marketing their artwork online.

We are actively recruiting e-marketing experts, web designers, graphic designers, jewelers, and small business owners to lead workshops and mentor participants. This summer will mark the beginning of this new direction, as I research artists and designers who have helpful resources for independent/freelance artists and designers . I will document these resources here, so that people can follow our our curriculum as it builds, and give feedback about other resources that we might find helpful.

Here is a great article about How to Effectively Use Social Media to Market Your Business: Sister Diane's I Heart Art Workshop

The article is by Diane Gilleland- be sure to check out her helpful e-books and blog. We definitely have a lot to learn from her!

And, for links to other craft/business geniuses, check out the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurers.

AND, if you are in Baltimore next weekend, don't forget to check out the Jewelry Project's DIY table at the Sowebo Arts festival! Sunday May 30, 12-9pm, at historic Hollins Market.