What’s your favorite part about your job? Your least favorite part?
We’d love for your voice to be a part of this space. Please click on the number in the Comments bubble in the upper right corner of this post and leave a comment with your answer!
I asked this same question of the beaded-jewelry superstar authors in Lark Jewelry & Beading’s Beadweaving Master Class series. We’re having a weekly Q-and-A with these six master teachers in a panel-style format on this blog each and every Monday. Enjoy, and whether you’re a jeweler, beader, general crafter, or just plain folk like me (as I’m frequently described), please do leave a comment with your own answer to each question!
I love the design process: the spark of an idea, the picking of colors, and the engineering of the components and connections. I also love introducing the finished design to other beaders through my teaching and writing.
Least favorite? I am not entirely fond of the inventory process required to manufacture kits, although the zen of putting beads in little bags and the making of a pretty package are all good parts of kit-making.
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:
Sitting in the studio in my Arne Vodder chair, an audio book playing, sparkly water within reach, stitching away with needle in hand and on an uninterrupted roll is what I really love about what I do.
Walking to work or in downtown Santa Cruz on my lunch or a weekend walk on West Cliff along the Monterey Bay, I have urges to bead around passing objects. Images of beadwork inspired by the surroundings materialize and evaporate with each step.
Letting go of the idea flow sometimes leaves me with an empty feeling. I realize I will not have enough time on this earth to bead as much as I would like.
Favorites: Getting an idea and seeing how it works out, and buying beads.
Least favorite: Bookkeeping.
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:
Without a doubt, my favorite part is designing! I love interpreting motifs and jewelry from the past with seed beads. What colors will I use? What stitch? How do I build the piece?
I also love teaching. It is so great to meet the owners of the shops and students who become great friends.
What’s my least favorite part? Making samples for workshops in exactly the same colors each time, and putting together kits.
Getting to bead for a living! It’s such a rewarding feeling to be able to do what you love full time. It’s even more rewarding to be able to discover new projects and share them with others.
Least favorite part of the job? Hmmm … not enough time in the day to bead. Oh, and flight delays.
My favorite part is getting to do something I love and being able to share it with others, both through exhibition of my work and through teaching.
My least favorite part is all the business-related paperwork! I actually spend almost all day everyday doing the routine business stuff: pushing papers, making kits, preparing kits. I only actually get bead time at night in my “off hours.”
Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:
*Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)