I submitted some proposals to Lark books for an upcoming book called "The Art of Jewelry: Fabric." They have a lovely series of books in the "art of jewelry" line. There is one on polymer clay and one on paper.
I looked through the paper one at the bookstore and got a good feel for the style. It was very clean, modern and a bit edgy. On America's Next Top Model when they are talking about models who can pull off a modern, edgy look, they call it "editorial." As opposed to "catalog." Anyway, this line of books feels very "editorial." (What? You don't watch ANTM?)
Now whether any of this "editorial" jewelry is very practical or wearable by the average person, hmmm that's a good question. But who of us is average?!
I'm thrilled to say that they accepted my proposal for this necklace. I called it a "fused forms necklace."
I'll have to write a full materials list and directions and provide examples for the step-out shots. Then it will be published. So fun.
I had a great experience working on three projects for Lark's upcoming "Creative Quilting with Beads." It feels like real work. It feels professional and creative. I find myself rising and falling and drifting about with the possibilities of treating my art like a career. Sometimes I think I'd like to truly make it a job. Other times I barely want to take on any real responsibility at all. I know this struggle is not unique. Kristin has written about it much more eloquently than I. Robin has also shared similar struggles.
What am I trying to saying? I've written and erased about seven sentences as I continue to try to pull together some thoughts on this topic. As I wrestle with possibilities, I even struggle with the purpose of this blog. For today, it feels great to embrace the opportunity to do some writing for books and magazines. I keep hoping the other stuff will become clear as I continue to talk with other arty types, make art and carefully evaluate the process and results of each project.
In the meantime, another cuppa coffee, please.