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How to stay in the know in 2017

At LJS we often get asked the same questions. How do I find out about jewellery related job opportunities? Where can I find a bench to rent? How do I know when to apply for jewellery events and fairs? Do you sometimes discover that you find out about things too late? Here are some ways to stay in the know for 2017

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Subscribe to Benchpeg

Benchpeg is an independent source of information for the British Jewellery industry and associated trades. If you subscribe you receive a free weekly email newsletter that includes industry news, jobs, opportunities, classified ads and more. It’s a fantastic source of information for everyone at any level of the jewellery industry.

How?

Click this link to subscribe to Benchpeg for free.

 

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Join a relevant Facebook group

There are thousands of jewellery facebook groups out there and they can be very helpful as the organisers and members share resources and give advice.

 

How?

Login to facebook and type the type of jewellery making you’re interested in the search box (or just type ‘jewellery making’)

Click on ‘group’ at the top of the screen and have a look at the names of the groups available. If you are interested you can click join to join the group

Also click on pages and like any pages that look interesting. If you find what is being shared isn’t relevant you can always leave the page or group.

 

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Get out and about to exhibitions

Even if you’re not exhibiting you can find out a lot about what is happening in the industry by attending exhibitions in your area. You can find a list of jewellery exhibitions that regularly run in London here but do check out your local press for events closer to home.

 

How?

Do an online search for previous events in your area and sign up for email updates to be in the know for future exhibits.

 

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Follow the right accounts on twitter

Social media is an immediate way to find out what is happening and twitter is excellent for this.

 

How?

Sign into twitter, search for and follow:

  • Local groups, markets etc
  • Exhibition spaces, museums
  • Selling websites e.g. etsy, folksy, misi, not on the high street etc
  • Jewellery magazines e.g. Making Jewellery

 

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Check out stallfinder

For upcoming events, craft markets and fairs in your area check out stallfinder

 

How?

Got to stallfinder

Do a search of your area to see what events are advertised and the closing dates

 

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Subscribe to the LJS newsletter and blog!

We keep our ear to the ground and let you know about opportunities via our email newsletter and our blog

How?

Subscribe to the LJS email newsletter

Subscribe to our blog – click here and click the ‘subscribe to our blog button’ on the left of the screen

If you’d like to be kept informed of our jewellery business courses, free articles and offers subscribe to our jewellery business list

How do you keep informed of jewellery industry news? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Why you should enter jewellery competitions

There are many competitions and challenges out there that you can get involved in whether you are a beginner jewellery maker or advanced but are they a good idea? LJS tutor Anna Campbell argues why you should give them a try

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To work to a theme

Competitions often have a theme or some restrictions, for example in the materials you can use. This can be beneficial because this helps you focus on your current skills or stretches you to consider new techniques or designs.

 

To challenge yourself

Jewellery competitions are a chance to challenge yourself and work on something you perhaps would not have attempted otherwise.

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Seachange ring by Sally Costen for F Hinds

To get exposure

When you enter competitions the entries are usually shown on a website or facebook page (sometimes even on TV) allowing you to get exposure to what is often a large group of people. You also often get encouraging feedback and comments. If you work alone at home you may not usually get this amount of scrutiny and feedback for your work and this opportunity can be a good thing. You may also receive sales enquiries through these channels.

In 2015 one of our diploma students, Sally Costen, won the High Street by Design competition run by jewellers F Hinds. Sally’s designs were manufactured and sold by the jeweller and this helped to launch her business Clerkenwell Jewellery.

 

To work to a deadline

Competitions have a deadline. If you work from home you may find it difficult to self-impose deadlines so this can be a great ideas! You can’t work on it indefinitely – at some point you have to say it’s done and enter it!

 

For the prizes!

Often these competitions have some great prizes! You’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

How do I find competitions?

So, I have you convinced but how do you find these competitions? Here are a few places to have a look.

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Facebook

Jewellery making themed facebook groups and pages often have competitions for example Metal Clay Europe currently have a challenge called ‘movement and mechanical’ with the first prize being 300g of Art Clay Silver 950.

To find a relevant facebook group login to fb and type the type of jewellery making you’re interested in the search box (or just type ‘jewellery making’)

Click on ‘group’ at the top of the screen and have a look at the names of the groups available. If you are interested you can click join to join the group and see whether there are any competitions currently running.

 

Magazines and online resources

Magazines like Making Jewellery often have competitions or ask readers to send in images of their work and choose work to feature. Being able to say ‘as seen in… ‘ is great for your publicity as an artist.

Benchpeg have a competitions section which is worth checking periodically for updates.

 

Jewellery suppliers

Jewellery suppliers e.g. Cooksons and Metal Clay often also have competitions and excellent prizes so keep an eye on their websites and social media pages.

There are also TV craft channels e.g. Create and Craft that run competitions giving you great TV exposure.

 

Collaboration projects

There are a few collaboration projects where one jeweller starts a piece and then passes it to another to work on etc for example LJS tutor Penny Akester is currently running the Pass it Along Project.

 

Are there any competitions that are currently running you can recommend to us? Let us know in the comments below