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I’m going back to school tomorrow, I’m really excited about that, but I’m worried about losing the progress I have made in my jewelry business. I am taking a class called the multiple in jewelry and metals and I am also taking the intro to fibers course and an art history course.

I am going to try and manage my time better and plan into my days time to work on the business and times for school work. I have been making jewelry everyday lately, here are a few new pieces I have made, let me know what you think of them. I am planing on doing a photoshoot soon for things to list on etsy.

 

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I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would update you on what I’ve been up to. I have been making earrings, at least two a day, here are some of the earrings I have made, I use upcycled vintage beads to make my earrings, I hope to post them soon on my etsy store, let me know what you think:

 

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here's my school schedule

here’s my school schedule

School starts tomorrow! I can’t wait. Here is my school schedule, it is a very weird schedule, Mondays and Wednesdays will be wide open, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays i will be really busy. I don’t think I will be able to post on my blog everyday, but I will try and post every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don’t know how much attention I can pay to my business this semester, because I am going to be full time.

Yesterday I got a cold and was in bed the whole day. I was productive because I was on the internet though using social media and promoting my business all day. I hope I will be all better by tomorrow, when classes start. I’m still a little under the weather right now, but am feeling better than yesterday. I got a haircut on Friday, here’s a pic:

here's a picture of me all made up for dinner.

here’s a picture of me all made up for dinner.

I really like my new haircut what do you think?


Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.

pros:
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available

Cons
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name

I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.


Hi sorry I haven’t written in a few days, but I have been busy.  I got my financial aid check in the mail on Tuesday and went and bought my textbooks and got things I needed for the semester.  Yesterday I went to the Milwaukee Art Museum to see the Toulouse Lautrec posters of Paris exhibition.  I had already gone to exhibition when it opened and loved it, but I had to go again because my teacher sent me a paper assignment before the semester starts.  The teacher sent the paper to me before the semester starts because it is about the exhibit, which ends on September 9th and the exhibition is relevant to what I am learning in the class. In the paper I have to go into detail comparing and contrasting two different posters.  I chose two different pictures advertising the Moulin Rouge one by Toulouse Lautrec and the other one by Jules cheret.  Here are the posters that I am going to write about.

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Poster of Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec

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poster of Moulin Rouge by Cheret

I think I will write about school in this post right now, as I am going back on Tuesday.  I go to UWM Peck school of the arts.  I completed my foundations year last spring and am looking forward to taking “real” art classes.  I wrote about this in my about me section, but I figured that not everyone has read that section so I will write about it here.  I graduated in December of 2010 from UWM with a degree in linguistics.  After that I didn’t know what to do with myself.  Before graduation I never really thought about what I wanted to do once I graduated, which was a huge mistake.  I was a linguistics major because linguistics was easy for me, but I didn’t want to go back to school and get my master’s in linguistics, and there wasn’t much else I could do with my degree.

Last summer I decided follow my passion, I didn’t want to settle for a life that I didn’t want.  I decided to go to school for jewelry making, because that is something that I love to do. UWM is the only school in the area with a jewelry making and metal-smiting degree and I hear that it is a really good program. I had to go through my foundations year of art school before I could take any jewelry making classes.  I took Art survey, 3D concepts, drawing 101, and Art History 102 my first semester in spring of 2011 and in the fall I went part-time and took 3 studio classes.  I took 2D concepts, digital arts practice culture and theory, and the third class I took was drawing 102.  I discovered that I actually have a talent for drawing and art in general.  I love to make pictures in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  After my foundations year I am unsure which direction I want to go into, I am torn now.  I enjoy making jewelry, but I like what I make now and I do not know if I will be able to make a living and pay back my student loans once I graduate.  I am thinking of changing my major to graphic design.  The graphic design program is highly competitive and I might not be able to get into it because there is a portfolio review in order to get in. I am thinking of changing my major for many reasons, the first is that I could actually make a living doing this, the other main one is that I enjoy using the computer to make art.

The good news is that I don’t have to make a decision right away.  I am going to take both intro to graphic design and intro to jewelry and metal-smiting and see what I like best.  In addition to intro to jewelry making and intro to graphic design, I am also taking intro to typography and design survey, which is the class where the teacher assigned a paper already.  I am super excited about school starting.  I wrote a lot here today and I think I will stop here.  Let me know what you think of my post by making a comment in the comments section.


Well this is a lot more complicated than I initially thought last night.  After doing a little research online today it turns out that there are many styles that are similar to what I do.  First there is what I mentioned in my blog last night, boho chic, and then there is a style that is actually called hippie chic, and the two styles are very similar, I can’t really tell the difference yet.  There is a third style that I have found that is called indie.  Am I naive of it or is this way too complicated?   I might have jumped the gun when I said I was boho, because indie seems more like what I do, it is more about handmade, which is very important to me.  If anyone reading this has any advice, please let me know, I feel like a fish out of water right now.

 

Some results from my search on my phone

In the meantime, before I figure everything out, I might as well tag my items boho and indie.  That might generate trafic to my etsy store, which I really need.  Tomorrow I plan on doing another photo-shoot, this time of my rings and earrings, and listing the rest of the necklaces that I took photos of last week.  I will continue to look up teams and post about my blog to spread the word.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, please leave a comment in the comments section to let me know what you think of my post.


I finally did it!  I finally figured out what the name of my style is.  I have been struggling with the problem of what my style is for a while now.  I like what make but have been struggling with how to describe it.  I love re-purposing old beads and using natural materials and making things by hand is very important to me too.  I used to sort of describe my jewelry to myself as hippie-chic and other people have called what I make as eclectic, which I didn’t feel describe me exactly but was the closest I could come because I didn’t think that hippie-chic was an actual style.  but I just discovered BOHO CHIC!

Boho chic seems to me to be to be very like hippie-chic.  It is amazing to me that this style exists.  I found out about it when I was I was looking up teams on etsy.  I found a team called boho-chic crafters when I was looking for teams to join, which I mentioned in my last post.  When I clicked on a post in the team I thought, “Huh, this looks interesting” So I started researching it on google and it was like, whoa, this is almost exactly like what I do.  I can’t believe that this exists and I found it!  I felt like something had just “clicked”

I have only just started looking into boho chic, but it looks really promising to me. I read online somewhere that the height of popularity for this style was 2004-2005,(I am really late to the table it seems) but I am hopeful that some people are still into it.  I have to do more research, but I feel like I am going in the right direction.  If boho chic is really my style than many of my questions that I have been having a been having lately, like who is my target market? and what is the niche I want to sell to?  and mostly how do I figure out how to categorize my work?  These are just a few of my questions that knowing my style could begin to answer.  I am going to bed now, but I wanted to post this here really quick because I am so excited!



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