Why March is the best month

Happy National Craft Month!

The weather is warming up, flowers are beginning to bloom, the snow has been traded in for rain showers and the birds can’t stop singing a jovial tune. Spring may not be here yet, but it’s well on its way! In addition to being excited about spring’s arrival, we’re pumped to celebrate National Craft Month at Bead Fest Santa Fe in just a few weeks!

Whether you’re interested in learning a mixed-media technique, bead embroidery, classic silversmithing or the technique you’ve had on your to-do list forever, Bead Fest Santa Fe has the perfect workshop for you. If you’re a beginner, we highly recommend trying out a few of our $35 easy-breezy workshops! And the creativity isn’t confined to the classroom. You’ll love the unique, hands-on Expo, filled with everything you could ever need to boost your craft.

While we wait for Bead Fest Santa Fe’s arrival, we’re going to share an inspiring real-life tale about a passionate jewelry artist who turned her hobby into a career, and the incredible tales of the industry’s most celebrated designers.

Learn the Ins and Outs of the Jewelry Art Industry 

Source: Brit + Co

How to Quit Your Job and Become a Jewelry Maker

As part of their “How to Quit Your Day Job Series”, Brit + Co offers tried and true advice from jewelry artist, Atlanta Frantz, about what it takes to make the leap from creative hobby to career path.

Favorite quote: “The pieces that I make for engagement surprises tend to be the most exciting and intricate work that I do. It’s truly amazing being able to participate in such an intimate, joy-filled experience with my clients.” —Atlanta Frantz 

We love Atlanta’s honest advice about ditching your day job for a full-time maker’s gig. She points out that it’s important to keep freelance work nearby when you’re starting out to help assist with monthly bills. Despite the initial challenges, Atlanta proves that determination and a love for jewelry are the best tools to have while starting your own business.

The Jewelry Pro: Altana Frantz

Success Stories of Top Jewelry Designers

Even the most renowned and prominent jewelry artists had to get their start somewhere.

David Yurman: Red carpet favorite, David Yurman, was not expecting his company to burst into an international success–he just wanted to pay the bills! From the age of 16, David utilized his creative talents to produce sculptures that he sold at his high school. David’s big break came when his wife, Sybil, began wearing his pieces and art galleries took notice. With many years of hard work, the David Yurman brand reached a level of outstanding success in the mid-80s, and he became a featured designer at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and other high-end department stores. Discover more details of David’s journey here.

Louis Cartier: Louis, a goldsmith from France, started creating wrist watches in 1904 and expanded the Cartier brand with the help of his father and brothers. In 1912, Cartier released 2 watch models that are still available for sale today, and after their launch, the Cartier name continued to grow and prosper. Louis Cartier passed away in 1942, but the Cartier name soared to new heights when his brother, Pierre, took control of the company in 1945.

Jennifer Meyer: Jennifer had her first experience with jewelry creation at the age of 6 when she learned how to work with enamel with the help of her grandmother, Edith Meyer. As Jennifer grew older, she would make special jewelry to represent important milestones in her life, and it was a way for her to pay homage to the talented women who inspired her along the way. After working for notable fashion labels, Jennifer embarked on her own jewelry-making journey in 2005, and she created her signature gold leaf pendant. Today, Jennifer’s designs can be spotted all over the red carpet, in movies and on Hollywood A-listers.

“It began with simple shapes in the best materials, making pieces that shared Jen’s philosophy on life — be authentic, be unique and always sparkle.” —Jennifer Meyer

Jennifer Aniston in the Jennifer Meyer Large Leaf Pendant

Tips from the Pros

When our dedicated Bead Fest Team asked the Bead Fest Santa Fe instructors, “do you have any insider advice on what it’s like to own and operate your own company?”, here’s what three of our favorites had to say:

“While it may be difficult to compete with artists who don’t register their businesses, or do their art under the table, [but] if you operate as a real business you’ll sleep better at night.” —June Malone

“[It comes with] great gratification and great stress. I depend heavily on my staff, especially my daughter and husband. You can’t do it all alone!” —Jackie Truty

“I think you must be a self-motivated person to run your own business. Make a schedule that works for you, for myself I work best in the mornings, this way I can spend the evenings with my family. I work most weekends, having your own business is a lot of work, and much of the work you do you don’t get paid for. I think it’s a trade off for being able to work at home.” —Heidi Kummli
View Heidi’s artist profile on Youtube.

Designs by Heidi Kummli

Discover Your Passion

“Start with one block–or skill–and add more, one at a time. I started my jewelry making journey a few years ago the way that most do – by adding beads to string. Then, since I’m a bit of a rockhound, I progressed to swapping glass or plastic beads for stones.” — Karla Rosenbusch, Managing Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Follow Karla’s full jewelry journey here.

Inspired by Candie Cooper 

In the studio with Candie Cooper

There is a reason why Candie Cooper is one of Bead Fest’s fan-favorite instructors. She has unmatched energy, she’s patient and she has an endless passion for creating. Candie is known for her boho-chic pieces and her ability to transform even the most unlikely findings into a wearable creation. We are thrilled that Candie is joining us at Bead Fest Santa Fe with a series of beautiful beginner-friendly workshops–only $35 each!

If you’re a fan of gorgeous jewelry, fun and motivation, you won’t want to miss out on these workshops!

Leather Macrame with Fringe Benefits – $35

Silk Knotting Made Simple – $35

Paint and Pencil Colored Pendant – $35

“I think the thing that people love most about my classes are the great $35 value, inspiring use of materials, and the opportunity to learn an interesting technique that you can easily make your own depending on what materials you love, and it’s all wrapped up in a fun and carefree atmosphere.  People leave excited about the possibilities!” —Candie Cooper

For some, it may seem like a stretch to make a career out of your passion, but the artists mentioned above prove that anything–yes, anything!–is possible with the right mindset and commitment to creating.

Even if you aren’t planning on turning your love for jewelry into a business, you can’t miss out on the top-notch workshops at Bead Fest Santa Fe! This is your chance to immerse yourself in the world of jewelry art professionals and soak up their inspirational advice.

Online registration closes on March 19, so enroll today, pack your bags and get ready to create with us!

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