If you’re a jewelry designer, you know the exhilaration that comes when you find inspiration for a new design, overcome a particularly stubborn technical challenge, or win a prestigious award.
You also know the frustration associated with a creative block or a technical challenge that remains stubborn, and the stress as you wonder how you are going to get all the orders out the door, promote your new lines, pay the bills, and keep going for one more day. Occasionally you may even feel a bit overwhelmed, and wonder: Am I alone in all this?
No, you’re not—which is why MJSA has launched the Designer Collaborative, a new membership community through which jewelry designers can share ideas, discover inspiration, and find the support they need to improve their businesses.
The MJSA Designer Collaborative is open to any MJSA member (free of charge) and is facilitated by MJSA Designer Advocate Andrea Hill (right). Andrea has a long association with the jewelry design community—as the CEO of the Hill Management Group (a position in which she will continue), she provides strategic consulting and marketing services to many small and mid-sized jewelry businesses. She also initiated various designer-related events and competitions while CEO of industry supplier Rio Grande, and worked closely with the late Cindy Edelstein on many designer-related projects (including the first-ever Future of Design Business Incubator to jumpstart fledgling careers).
Among the ways MJSA helps to connect designers to the resources they need:
This exclusive online social community enables jewelry designers to share information, solicit ideas and feedback, and test new business models and opportunities. Click here to enter the network (your MJSA Member login ID/password will be required).
(Not a member of the Collaborative yet? Just click here to sign up.)
Published quarterly, MJSA Design Insights features news and updates of interest to jewelry designers (e.g., contest announcements and deadlines, educational programs). It also offers pricing strategies from consultant Marlene Richey, author of the award-winning MJSA Press book Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success. It’s published in March, June, September, and December.
Scheduled to debut as part of the 2017 MJSA Expo, this one-day conference will supplement the "profit lessons for designers" offered in the current MJSA ConFab conference (which in 2016 will take place Oct. 30 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City). ConFab Creative will focus on ways to find design inspiration and insights, and provide technical guidance for transforming design concepts into completed pieces. Members of the Designer Collaborative will receive a significant discount off the regular registration fee. Launch Date: March 2017.
Collaborative members can easily access MJSA’s members-only online library of free design-related articles; all were originally published in MJSA Journal, the association’s award-winning monthly magazine. Starting with the January 2017 issue, the Journal will launch a new "Behind the Design" section featuring case studies, interviews, and practical tips related to jewelry design. Click here to go to the library.
MJSA Design Collaborative members will also receive a 50 percent discount on all videos, webinars, books, podcasts, and other educational materials produced under Hill’s MentorWerx brand.
Joining the MJSA Designer Collaborative is simple: Just click here to fill out a simple form, and the MJSA staff will set you up in no time.
To learn more about the MJSA Designer Collaborative, e-mail Andrea or call 1-800-444-MJSA to talk to either Andrea (ext. 333) or Membership Manager Travis Searle (ext. 3024).