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So You Want To Do Craft Shows… A Free Video Tutorial For You

Posted by learntobead on November 30, 2018


A Free Video Tutorial for You
by Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer
Land of Odds-Be Dazzled Beads


View the full video tutorial online (1 hour and 45 minutes). Found on top of home page of Land of Odds-Be Dazzled Beads.

In this class, I discuss critical choices jewelry designers need to make when doing craft shows.  
That means, understanding everything involved, and asking the right questions.

Learn How To…
…Find, Evaluate and Select Craft Shows Right For You
…Set Realistic Goals
…Compute a Simple Break-Even Analysis
…Best to Develop Your Applications and Apply
…Understand How Much Inventory To Bring
…Best Promote and Operate Your Craft Show Business

Doing craft shows is a wonderful experience.  
You can make a lot of money. 
You meet new people. 
You have new adventures.  
And you learn a lot about business and arts and crafts designing.



Jewelry design is a life lived with wearable art.

My name is Warren Feld.
And I am here to share some of my life experiences and insights with you about beading and jewelry making.

In this class, I discuss critical choices jewelry designers need to make when doing craft shows.

It is very important for anyone thinking about selling at craft shows, festivals, markets or similar settings to be smart about it.
That means, understanding everything involved, and asking the right questions.


Many years ago, I started my business with my partner Jayden, by doing flea markets and craft shows. Eventually, our business evolved into one store, then a second store, and an online business. But you never forget your roots.

You can learn a lot of good business tricks and find out about a lot of good resources if,… And that’s a big, “IF”! you know what you are doing. All too often, jewelry designers who want to do craft shows, have not done their homework. They have not researched and evaluated which shows to do, and which not to do. They have not figured out how best to set up their booths and displays. They are clueless about what inventory to make, and to bring, and how to price it. They are unprepared to promote, to market and to sell.

I developed this online tutorial to help prepare you for doing this kind of craft show homework.

I discuss:
– What information you need to gather
– How to set personal and business goals
– How to find, evaluate and select craftshows
– How best to promote and operate your business at these craftshows

In fact, I go over 16 lessons I learned for successfully doing craftshows.

There are two groups of lessons.

First, I discuss lessons about finding and selecting craft shows, and determining how well your business will fit in.

In the second group of lessons, I discuss how to promote and operate your business at these craft shows.

Last, I offer some final advice.

At the end of the tutorial, I have a list of resources for you to explore in more detail.

You will find the full 1 hour and 45 minute tutorial
at the top of the Land of Odds-Be Dazzled Beads website.

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New Latin American Jewelry

Posted by learntobead on August 10, 2010

Exhibit at Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Oct 12-Jan 11, 2011

This exhibit will feature the latest trends and movements through works by 50 jewelry artists, representing some 23 Latin American countries.

There is a history of relationships between jewelry worn and the culture within which it is worn.    This is as true in Latin America, as elsewhere.     So it is important to question the artist and his or her pieces, as to what the wearing of their jewelry would signify about their understanding of contemporary Latin America.

You would look at their choices of materials.  Their use of pattern, form, image and theme.    Their choices of colors.    Their techniques.

Some artists use traditional techniques and/or materials with modern references.   Others use modern techniques to express the interconnectedness of traditional and contemporary life.     Some are abstract; some literal.

There is always tremendous pressure on artists and fine craftspersons from traditional and developing societies to work within and preserve traditional images, motifs and techniques.   It is difficult to break out of and from those expectations.    Yet the artist wants to be able to express their artistic selves, their psychological, sociological and cultural beings, as members of contemporary societies that don’t bear as direct a connection with the past as outsiders would have it.

The relationships between contemporary Latin American society and traditions is much more complex today.   Will outsiders, like we in North America, ease up on these expectations, allow a contemporary jewelry artist scene to succeed?   The situation is no different than how we impose expectations upon our own contemporary Native American artists.      We make it so difficult for them to break from the past, and make some kind of living from their art, as they experience their world today.

Here are some of the Latin American artists, and images of things that might be on exhibit.

Mirla Fernandes (Brazil)

Dionea Rocha Watt (Brazil)

Claudia Cucchi (Brazil)

Valentina Rosenthal (Chile)

Elisa Gulminelli (Argentina)

Francisca Kweitel (Argentina)

Silvina Romero (Argentina)

Jorge Manilla (Mexico)

Mariana Shuk (Columbia)


If we are to judge these pieces with the added burden of the label “LATIN AMERICAN JEWELRY”, then I’m not sure how successful most of these pieces are.     If we are to judge them as simply “Contemporary Jewelry”, then most of these are very successful.

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