Tuesday, March 31, 2009

be a better graphic designer

From Seth Godin's blog (which you should all be reading):

Why aren't you (really) good at graphic design?
by Seth Godin

Ten years ago, you had a wide range of excuses for being a lousy visuals person. Starting with no talent, leading to no skill and going from there.

But now, in a world where you it is expected that professionals will be able to make beautiful powerpoint slides, handsome business cards, clever bio photos and a decent website, it's as important as driving. And easier to learn and do, and requiring less talent.

No, you and I will never be gifted designers or breakthrough designers. But there's really no reason not to be really good.

I put together a page with some blogs, books and sites you can check out. An hour a day for a month and you won't have to hide your face in shame. Sure, hire the very best in the world when you need a breakthrough. But you don't have to pay for better-than-mediocre design. You can do it yourself.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I posted a set of the pictures I took at Schmuck, the jewelry exhibit in Munich, on my blog yesterday. Go here to see them.

Taylor Gilbert

Friday, March 13, 2009

StuFF call for enty

To the Artist
Stuff: Jewelry for the People, is a group exhibition highlighting contemporary,
conceptual, and art jewelry. It is being organized by *Studio 4903, Anya Pinchuk and
Jimin Park. This exhibition will be held at Sub Octo Gallery in Philadelphia, to coincide
with the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual conference May 20 – 24, 2009.
SNAG’s theme this year is Revolution: a revolution is occurring in the Maryland, DC,
and Virginia area in our field, and Stuff’s goal is to showcase the artists driving this
Artists from Maryland, DC and Virginia may submit a maximum of 4 works completed
within the last 2 years. A maximum of 2 images per piece may be submitted. The juror
will be looking for new approaches, innovative use of materials, and unusual concepts.
Ellen Reiben is the owner of Jewelers’ Werk Galerie in Washington, DC. Jewelers’
Werk focuses on innovative contemporary jewelry by international artists.
Exhibition Calendar
• April 3 – Deadline for submissions. All applications postmarked by this date.
• April 17 – Letters of acceptance/non-acceptance will be mailed on this date.
• May 10 – Accepted works must be delivered by 5pm to receiving address at
Studio 4903, including hand delivered and shipped works. Late entries will
not be accepted.
• May 20 – 23 – Duration of Exhibition
• June 5 – Work will be returned
Image Submission Details
All works must be submitted in digital format. Digital image file titles should read: Last
name_first initial_Title of Work_entry#.jpg (Smith_J_Revolution_2.jpg) Please label
detail image with “a” after entry number (Smith_J_Revolution_2a.jpg)
All digital images must be JPG files with 300 dpi and a width and/or height maximum of
6 inches/1800 pixels. CDs will not be returned.
Liability and Sales:
Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork from the date of shipment until the date
of return.If accepted work is for sale, 70% of the retail price will be paid to the artist
following the sale.
____ Entry form
____ Artist’s statement
____ CD of up to 4 entries
____ Resume
____ Non-refundable check or money order for $30 made payable to: Studio 4903
____ Your name on ALL materials
____ Self addressed stamped envelope for the jury notification
Studio 4903
4903 Wisconsin Ave., 2nd Fl.
Washington, DC 20016
*Studio 4903 is a working artist studio space located in Washington, DC, with a focus on
contemporary jewelry. Anya and Jimin are internationally recognized jewelry artists and
teachers in the jewelry program of the Corcoran School of Art and Design
Please direct all questions to Anya Pinchuk at anyapinchuk@gmail.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fractured Atlas

Check out Fractured Atlas- support for artists.
Looks pretty cool.

Spring Break Monitor Hours

These are the spring break monitor hours. If you intend to monitor and haven't committed to a time slot yet, please post it here when you know when you can do it.

Tues 3/17- Danielle 10-12

Wed 3/18- Amy 10-12
Sherri 12-2

Thurs 3/19-Danielle 12-3

Sun 3/22 - Megan 12-4

Tues 3/17- Lizzy 12-4

Wed 3/18- Lizzy 12-4

Thurs 3/19 Sherri 4-6


Art for the Earth exhbition- Call For Entries

Call for Entry:

Art for the Earth: An Exhibition of Art Created by Towson University Students

Sponsored by the Art History Club, Department of Art + Design, Art History and Art Education, COFAC

Entries must be works that are made of recycled materials, or that otherwise display the value of reusing and recycling in order to create a more sustainable world.
Drop off works in the Potomac Lounge, in the Union, Thursday April 9th, from 3pm-6:00pm.
Space is limited and is given on a first come, first serve basis.
Cash Prizes. Prizes voted on by the Towson University Community from 6pm till 8:00pm. Prizes announced at 8:30 pm.
First place work will be displayed on the 3rd floor of Cook library for a week.
No Entry Fee. Open to all Towson University Students.
Works must be removed following the reception; work that is not picked up by 9:30 pm will be discarded.

Reception and Exhibition, Friday, April 9th, 2009
6:30pm—9 pm
Potomac Lounge, the Union
Live Music by Baltimore experimental musician Shelly Blake-Plock [shellyblake.com] and others.
Free and Open to the Public.
For further information contact the Art History Club AHCtowson@gmail.com or Allie Tscheulin atsche1@student.towson.edu.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Peter's Valley Scholarships

Peter's Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey, has offered us three scholarships [50% off tuition] for summer workshops in Fine metals and four scholarships [50% off tuition] for summer workshops in Blacksmithing. Check out their course offerings. Monday, March 23rd is your deadline to have materials to me. If you are interested let me know.

Take advantage of this generous opportunity!

Spring Break- Studio Access

Spring Break is March 16-23. The university and building will be open on our regular schedule. The monitor schedule will change depending on monitors but look here for a Spring Break Monitor Schedule.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tips about Loaning out Jewelry

I read a post today on Margaux Lange's blog about a necklace that was stolen from her. It has a lot of good information on it about things to look for and consider when loaning out your jewelry and also talks some about borrower's contracts. There's also good tips in the comment section. I found it really helpful to read, especially after the contract talk we had the other day in Senior Project.