>Keepin’ It Fresh

>A creative person for the most part… feels the need to create on many different levels. Creating the same type of art or craft in the same way may make for an “master of technique” but, that isn’t always enough. Speaking for myself and perhaps others, the additional challenge comes by way of how something can be created differently. Using your trial, errors, and successes to create a new product or different method of creation all together is challenging but rewarding.

Providing yourself with opportunities to “keep it fresh” challenges you to explore your own limitations and scope of imagination. Remember the phases of Picasso, for example in the Rose Period or Blue Period? If an artist does not try something new from time to time, their art may become routine to them and show in their expressive work. I even find that I am more productive if I allow myself to move around my work station, to work on several tasks at one session. If I get frustrated or distracted, I simply move to a different focus area and carry on. My productivity is not interrupted, it is merely switched in tasks. This is not always my consistent method or usual work ethic but, I allow myself the option of moving on from a project if I need a fresh view of something else. It’s a “re-focus” time so to speak.

For the sake of keeping products fresh, developing new line items is also an important expansion effort. I am on a continuous hunt for a variety of ways that I can possibly incorporate my hand made beads. Club Creative Studio is about to launch a few new concepts. Each new line item is planned and perfected to showcase the hand-made beads we create. We strive to provide a festive decorative item as well as a uniquely functional object of art. Also, our mantra/motto: “Art That Sets You Apart” is a constant reminder that our art must continue to hit the mark in originality. And it is great to have a goal to work toward on a daily basis.
It is that particular challenge that is also a rewarding aspect of creating in the first place.

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>Something Similar

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How do you stand apart from the crowd when you purchase items in the same market place as everyone else? Easy…the solution lies in choosing something that “Sets You Apart” and is never duplicated. The unique qualities of Club Creative Studio’s creations are ALWAYS one-of-a-kind.
Value knowing that no one else will ever have the same item!
Many do have similar tastes about a particular color, style, theme or design that we already have produced. In these cases, we strive to create something similar but never in duplicate. How do we keep track of that? Easy… after each creation, we document each piece with photos. Your creation is copyrighted upon completion. Exact duplication is not a issue because our beads and designs are completely original. With our hand-made items, there is no risk of anyone else making the same beads. They simply can not do the same just as we can not do the same after our beads are gone.

One reason why our beads are created in limited quantities, is that we do not want to allow ourselves to create items that have the same components, look, or feel. It is essential to remember that variety is key. It is the reason why we say that our Club Creative Studio has Art That Sets You Apart! It does not matter if we speak of one of our jewelry items, or something else that incorporates our beads…it is always unique, festive, and hand-crafted.

A few words about custom-made pieces: Isn’t it a pampered feeling to know that something was created specifically with you in mind? Basically, everything from Club Creative Studio is already created with you in mind but, if you have a specific request or need, we welcome new challenges. On most occasions, we can also make a change to an existing product. Sometimes, we are asked to make something similar to what may have been sold from the website. That is an easy request to fulfill. There are also times when we are asked to create something “new” from something that is “old”. We are often given broken jewelry and asked to use the components in a new creation. And, we have taken family heirlooms and created several different items from the single original item. All situations lend variety to our day and we love taking our service to the next step. It is all part of the experience of creating and sharing what we create. And it is why we always like to say: “Thank you for wearing and sharing our art”.
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>A Cause For Creativity

>It is a cause for creativity and creativity for a cause. By a “happy accident”, I discovered and started following an interesting site via Twitter. The organization has introduced me to a grand creative opportunity to further “share the love” of beading and share the colorful and original hand-made beads that Club Creative Studio creates. Check out the website for more details on what has inspired me to consider making regular donations.

Beads of Courage found at: http://www.beadsofcourage.org

I will be thrilled and proud to become a regular participant in this wonderful cause and call for putting creativity to work for other’s symbolic hopes. I hope to also bring smiles to those who need it, because making beads always brings a smile to me!

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>Top Ten Reasons Why I Enjoyed The Craft Fair

>There are many good reasons for attending a craft fair, or participating in one.

1. Meeting New People– I have the opportunity to speak with art lovers!

2. Informing Others of Our Art- I enjoy sharing the informational details of the artistic process just about as much as sharing and selling the final product.

3. Supporting the Arts- It is always a thrill to learn that an artist’s time and talents are admired. Appreciating the efforts of an artist gives support to their craft and expressions.

4. Learning Experience- I use craft fair time to speak with customers about the colors they like, the styles they are drawn to and also what they desire me to create in the future.

5. Provided Services- There are many venues to interact with Club Creative Studio and I am able to pass along the information about face book fan page, updated blog, purchase methods, where to find our art, website updates and special features, and the twitter account.

6. Special Features- For the promotion of a new item line, I take advantage of this time to introduce and point out the details surrounding the particular product. It is fun to share my excitement with others about a new or ongoing project.

7. The View- Often times, I suggest to a customer to try on and view in a mirror how certain jewelry looks on them. The desired length of a necklace, for example is a personal choice and so taking the time to ensure a desired fit is important. I am especially thrilled when a “try-on” turns into an instant “model” and the customer decides to wear it on the spot!

8. Outdoor Experience- Although the weather conditions are unpredictable, having an art show outdoors seems to bring about a “fun festival feeling”. And, because the atmosphere is so different from a normal day in the studio where most functions are indoors, I appreciate the change in scenery.

9. Creative Display- Although sometimes space is limited and there are other display challenges, it remains fun (despite time-consuming) to arrange our art so that it is pleasing and functional for you to view when you visit our booth or display area.

10. Natural Lighting- The convenient opportunity of having jewelry seen in natural lighting is a plus for color accuracy against your skin tone or clothing fabrics. When you visit the website, the photos that I supply are not taken with a flash so that the colors appear as true as possible through the lens. The best situation is to be in great natural light and an outdoor craft fair setting lends itself to that great situation.

Those were my top ten reasons why I enjoy participating in craft fairs. Thank you to Coastal Carolina Artists & Crafters Guild for sponsoring two annual events that I gladly always chose to participate in.
-Club Creative Studio

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