Synergy2 – Day 3

It was another great day here at Synergy2.  I’ve been looking back through my notes from the day and thinking about what I’ll take back from today’s seminars, presentation and panel discussion.  Today I attended a seminar by Jeff Dever on incorporating alternative materials along with polymer, and one by Cynthia Tinapple on Trends.

The panel discussion topic was “Purposeful Marketplace” and featured Tamara Honaman, artist and former editor of Step By Step Beads, Lisa Bayne from and Robert Dancik.

I’d love to give you a detailed synopsis of the day, but frankly I’m fried, so I’m going to go with bullet points of impressions from everything I attended today.

Some of the ideas that resonated with me today were:

  • put in the time at the bench.  At a very basic level, seat time is essential to an artist’s growth and development
  • experiment, play and give yourself permission to fail
  • explore new materials, move out of your comfort zone
  • seek feedback from a select few and be willing to listen
  • don’t take rejection personally, but allow yourself to work through your response to it
  • put your work out there in some way.  Don’t expect the art world to magically find you
  • stay true to your vision and don’t undervalue your time

And finally, from Jeff Dever:  Dollar Store nail polish is really great stuff

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