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Hello and welcome to the Humblebeads Studio today. Since we’ve last visited I have relocated to Michigan and have been loving the change of seasons. Fall is way more amazing than I remembered! And I’m way more excited about the holidays than I have been in a long time.
Along with my move has come some hustle as I plan out my holiday selling season. Most of my sales will be online over the next few weeks. I plan to list new jewelry weekly in my Etsy shop and offer some upgrades to have beads made into pendants. And then earrings, oh so many earrings – they are the bread and butter of the jewelry world. ‘Tis the show season!
I’m doing one big show this year at the art center here in town and I’ve signed up for several trunk shows where I send in work but don’t have to be there. Which can be nice, but I have to say I sell way more jewelry when I’m there to talk about my work. Also displaying my work the best way possible does make the jewelry more appealing. So we’ll see how those trunk shows go!
When I do shows I try to balance out production work with one-of-kind pieces. Some of them may have been published in magazines through the year or were samples from blog projects. Others are special pieces using art beads from my line and paired up with beads from my favorite artists.
The nice thing about production work is that you can build up your inventory quickly making the same thing or with slight variations. And it’s saves space on the display table as you only need to set up one at a time. I’ve found two many choices makes it’s hard to shop. Working on a line of jewelry that has a theme and coordinating pieces helps streamline the shopping experience and helps upsale matching pieces. My overall themes this season will be trees, birds, and nests – very woodlandy.
Do you make collections of jewelry or sets – or is each piece a stand alone creation?
What seems to be your most popular motifs/symbols at the moment or ones you keep revisiting?
Let me know and we’ll pick one random winner next week to receive one of my fall leaf pendants pictured above.