I Love Carpinteria Magazine
It’s a thrill to be featured in the Carpinteria Magazine. They contacted me because they wanted to profile four jewelry makers in the Carpinteria Valley.
I thought I’d share a bit of the fun of being in a magazine shoot with you. Including a few shots from the cutting room floor!
Gettin’ Real With the Photographer
Everything is so neat and precise in magazines, but the photo shoot can be a bit chaotic.
When the photographer, Joel Conroy, showed up I didn’t know what to expect. He turned out to be an experienced and visionary photographer.
He’s personally full of creative ideas and really put me at ease. Joel creates these mini worlds as I discovered when I went to his website later.
A Micropeek at a Jeweler’s World
The editor suggested that I show who I am as a jeweler for this shoot. Recently I had been looking at this cool magazine for crafters and loved the little micro scenes I saw people creating in the pictures, so I pulled out various things to create a mini scene of things I love and tools I use.
I wanted to show Carpinteria details that would be recognized by readers, like little inside jokes.
My little mock-up included my son’s self portrait from pottery class, which I see all over Carpinteria.
I think making them is a rite of passage. The bust didn’t make it into the shoot, but I’ll share it anyway.
Rings in Fruit, Right? And I Plug the Avocado Festival!
Knowing I was supposed to show my jewelry designs I decided to not use any of my normal ring displays.
I’m a designer I thought, surely I can come up with something more interesting!
I decided to put jewelry in fruit as a cool display. The avocado was too unripe to cooperate which is too bad as we, in Carpinteria, grow avocados and love them so much that we celebrate with a yearly Avocado Festival.
As an aside, the best festival food I’ve ever had is at the Avocado Festival! And it has more music than most festivals, 75 acts this year! All free! And is a lot of fun. They even have a doggie day care for festival goers! I love Carpinteria!
These Are a Few of my Favorite Things
A beautiful quartz crystal had to join the fun because quartz is a gem I’ve used a lot in my years of designing. Quartz is the gem family that amethyst, citrine and rose quartz come from.
Then I pulled my ring saw, for sawing off too-small rings, my gem pliers, my magnification loupe and other jewelers tools. They didn’t all make the cut, but they are a few of my favorite things.
They Do it Right
When the Winter issue of Carpinteria Magazine hit my hand,
hot off the presses, I read it ads and all. It is a gorgeous magazine. The article about the jewelers starts on page 67. You can read it online by clicking here.
I’m just so pleased to be in Carpinteria Magazine and wanted to expand on the experience and share it with you.