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Collaboration with other Crafters Can Yield Amazing Results

The image of the lonely artist laboring alone in their garrett, is all too often true. Crafting is time-consuming. Most of us grab moments to work whenever we can, often in the wee hours of the morning or between chores, usually at unpredictable times and in unusual places. It can take many months to produce a new design or product line. Working in isolation, it is easy to get in a rut and keep on producing the same or similar pieces.

As an antidote, and to stretch your artistic talents in a new direction (and have some fun), try working with another artist -- a collaboration. To make it more interesting, try to collaborate with an crafter who works in a medium unlike yours. If you work in glass, then try contacting a smith, or a potter. If you are a quilter, then a beader might be fun to work with. A joint effort has many advantages: you will produce work that is more unique that either could do alone. You’ll both gain an understanding of the techniques that makes the others work successful. You’ll even find that both of your approaches to design differs, and therefore combining efforts will lead to a truly unique piece of art.

We hope to be able to showcase some interesting collaborations in the months to come, so keep coming back!

Seeing your work through the eyes of a friendly collaborator will give you new insights on design, colorform and function. In a collaboration, you have a willing ally to keep you going in those "slump" periods which inevitably occur.

Collaborations can be formal or informal. If you plan to make this a formal one, good questions to ask:

  • What would this cost in both time and money?
  • Why were we doing this?
  • How would we work together?
  • Would we all work on one piece or would we each work on our own?
  • Did we have a deadline?

A Crafter Collaboration can get Creative

  • A collaboration could start with a jar of beads and a single project of a free-form sculpture, vessel or piece of jewelry could travel from one person to the next.
  • This method would also work well if you and your collaborator lived some distance apart. Write letters back and forth as you work to increase your ability to express what you are doing in words or with sketches. Be sure to agree up front where the piece will reside when it is finished. Or offer it as a raffle prize to benefit your bead society.
  • Collaborations need not be long-term. Playdays or open studios are a great way to share ideas and techniques. Start with a batch of materials in front of each person… After one hour, each person would pass their project and their materials to the next person. At the end of the day the results will be unique, plus spark a round of new ideas as well.

Rules, Deadlines and Schedules

  1. Define the project. Set limitations on what each crafter will do. Discuss the project thoroughly, but realize that as you work, new ideas will be generated. Accept them and use them when appropriate.
  2. Set a deadline and agree on whether you will work alone or get together regularly. If working together, agree upon dates, time and location.
  3. Keep a log of the collaboration and jot down notes about significant design changes, limitations that new materials bring and how the piece changed as you got underway.
  4. Agree up front, if necessary on how much money will be spent on the project and how the proceeds will be spent (if sold).
  5. Get commitment to complete the project from everyone in the group. If it is necessary for someone to drop out, be clear about why so that the group can deal with this.
  6. Finally, take time to discuss how the project is going. Putting your ideas into words makes them more concrete. Encourage everyone to make creative suggestions and to share techniques. Try to help stimulate a spirit of camaraderie and belonging which can carry over into future projects and result in lifetime friends.



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