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Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference Report and Dates for 2018 and more...

Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference Report and Dates for 2018

I attended the thought-provoking and useful Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference last year and wrote up a report for the blog at the Craft Industry Alliance, here:

https://craftindustryalliance.org/show-report-chicago-responsible-jewelers-conference

and the dates are posted for the 2018 conference:

Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference, October 19-20, 2018

    
 



Crafty Conferences!

There’s this whole world crafty conferences that I didn’t know about, including the Midwest Craft Con and Craftcation.

Both combine how-to business workshops with hands-on making and are also intended to be a retreat or vacation.

Craftcation is held in April in Ventura, California

Midwest CraftCon has so far been held in Februaries in the Columbus, Ohio area but may be consider a new location in the Midwest for the next conference in 2020.

I went to Midwest Craft Con a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it – you can see some of my photos from it on Instagram.

My quick summary is that it was useful, super friendly and fun.

Here’s a write up of the conference in Harness Magazine.

Which one to attend? Probably either one would be delightful, whichever one is closer to you.

Organizers of both have been interviewed on podcasts, so you can search for those if you want even more of the backstory!

    
 



Ethical Metalsmiths and Friends to Host October Conference in Chicago

The only thing I love more than affordably priced conference is one that’s right in my home town. Not-for-profit Ethical Metalsmiths has partnered with MJSA and Susan Wheeler Designs to bring guest speakers and a film screening to Chicago’s Columbia College for the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference October 13-14, 2017.

“The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference invites jewelers, suppliers, educators, students, and consumers to participate. During two information-packed days, we will share specific ways individuals and companies can work together to create jewelry in an ethical, socially responsible, and ecologically sound manner.

Sharing the values and practices of producing and selling responsible jewelry is something we must embrace as a community. The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference seeks to do just that. In collaboration with Ethical Metalsmiths, sponsored by MJSA (with additional sponsorships to be announced), and with support from many industry leaders, this conference will reach beyond industry conversations. It will work to create active practices and gain solid commitments to a healthier, more world-conscious jewelry paradigm.”

Check out the terrific line up of speakers:
http://www.chiresponsiblejewelryconference.com

    
 



Wonderful Craft Podcasts

I’ve just discovered a new podcast, from a consortium of the craft schools in the U.S., you know, the summer camps for adults where you can take professional level craft classes.

Here it is:

http://www.craftschools.us/podcast.html

Another terrific one about craft, process and business is Abby Glassenburg’s While She Naps podcast.

http://whileshenaps.com/category/the-podcast/episodes

For even more podcasts, here’s a list in this blog post:

https://www.elainelutherart.com/podcasts-for-inspiration-creativity-tip-16

That’s Creativity Tip #16, I’m doing a series of 100! (What was I thinking!?) I’m also doing #the100dayproject over on Instagram, find me here, https://www.instagram.com/elaine_luther.

and I’m doing the 365 Project, posting photos! I’m not sure why I took on all these long term projects at once, but I did! I’m enjoying the regular practice of them and being a part of a community, on Instagram of folks who are also doing the challenge.

    


Findings Jewelry Symposium June 2017 in MN

Findings Jewelry Symposium

The Grand Marais Art Colony in Grand Marais, Minnesota is hosting a jewelry conference June 8-11!

Here’s the schedule:

http://www.grandmaraisartcolony.org/pdfs/Symposium_Schedule_2017.pdf

    


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