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Harriete Estel Berman
San Mateo, California
Harriete Estel Berman creates jewelry, sculpture, Judaica & installations from recycled materials [http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info] and author of the Professional Guidelines[http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/profguidelines/profguide.html]
Interests: Professional Guidelines, Professional Development Seminar, ASK Harriete, recycled materials, thinking and acting green, environmental issues, composting, Sociology, marketing, 2.0 marketing,
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In February, Boris Bally invited me to participate in an exhibition about "changing society's views about the dangers of handguns." Each artist was given a disabled hand gun to use as part of the artwork. This post shows the artistic vision from the beginning to the photographers vision of the final photo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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I'm kind of in a funk deciding what to make next and been listening to a lot of negative voices inside my head and from other people. Why do I do this? Why do I try so hard? Why do... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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So why is the Craft Master paid a low 30 year old rate? The workshop sponsor pays the electrician, plumber, custodial fees, insurance, workman's comp, utilities, rent/mortgage, etc., all at the going rate. They don't negotiate and offer to pay a lower rate to the electrician because he/she loves the job or should love craft. So ....what is happening? Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Ask Harriete
Excellent point from Helen. In addition, a workshop instructor is paid as an "outside contractor." Out of your total payment for teaching a workshop you need to pay your self-employment expenses such as insurance, health insurance, social security, Medicare, and income taxes. There are no paid sick days or paid vacation days either. Our payment has to take ALL our expenses into account. At this point, I am wondering if my suggestion of $1,500-$2,000 per day is sounding like enough?
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Shaktipaj, "I am mad that we don't pay our Craft Masters a 21st century wage." Your are right craft industry magazines and workshop do hire the workshop impostor for less. I have written about this in a post titled: The Color Blind Paint Salesperson and the Workshop Imposter http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2013/04/workshop-copying-gets-ugly.html The only thing I can suggest is that you write to the editor or workshop impostor about this issue.
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Grace, I am suggesting $1,500 - $2,000 per day for the Craft Master PLUS expenses. This is what I think is the MINIMUM for the time and prep in sharing a lifetime of experience.
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Thank you John for your comments. Yes, I understand the entire picture. Talking about this publicly and recognizing the problem is the first step. I understand that the workshop sponsors have no revenue without students, however as scary as it is...I think we have sold ourselves cheap. In this case the "we" is both the Craft Master and the workshop sponsor. The Maker Faire (in San Mateo) has exploded with attendance year after year, and they charge $45 at the gate. Entire families spend what I think is a lot of money to look and learn about "making." The TECH Shop has locations in San Francisco, Menlo Park, San Jose, Detroit, East Coast and opening new locations. It is not cheap to belong or pay for a day, month or year. They are exploding with "making enthusiasm." The point being is that the craft schools have sold themselves cheap. The experience economy is growing. It is the only part of the craft economy that is growing. We can decide to be part of it. But I am mad that we don't pay our Craft Masters a 21st century wage and hire "craft impostors" for the same amount with no distinction. Time to speak up. Stay tuned to future posts where I may be committing professional Hari-Kari.
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I am honored to be invited to teach at your renowned program which is highly regarded in the arts and crafts community. This time away from domestic responsibilities and studio work will also relieve me of my established income sources. The proposed trunk show is another great opportunity. Circumventing my gallery and asking for a 50/50 split probably won't have much impact since workshop participants expect a special workshop price. Discussing purchases may be a moot point, no one seems to be buying anyway. And by the end of the workshop, the students will have learned how to duplicate my signature techniques. In the past, some participants have even said, "I love your work and want to make one for myself." Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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This sounds like a bad situation. The insurance company will require documentation to support the value of the lost painting. This documentation will have to include records from the artist (or the artist’s gallery) that he/she has sold similar paintings for the amount of money = to the stated value. It could be a cancelled check or invoice from previous sale. The insurance company will not accept an opinion without documentation of sold works. In this example, a history of selling in the marketplace is necessary. Hope that helps.
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Recently, I wrote a post about "the Intersection between CAD/ CAM and craft." With further reflection I'm trying to add some clarity and extend the interpretation of my message.The question is whether tools and technologies add to or enrich the intent and appearance of your work? The deliberate choice of a technology or technique can elevate the meaning. The technique, tool, or technology is effective only if it is consistent with your aesthetic or purpose. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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Sometimes you simply have to try your hardest, work day after day. stay up late night after night, and then pull an all-nighter because if you don't try, nothing will happen. And if you do try your absolute best.... you will at the very least create a possibility. The Gemini Battlebots I helped fabricate will be on broadcast television!!!! Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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Recently, I was a guest worker at Radicand in an effort to help my son, Ace, fabricate his BattleBot. Harriete can cut sheets of aluminum and file them close to CAM perfection, but should I cut six sheets? Where is the role of CAD/CAM in our craft work? Harriete can cut sheets of aluminum and file them close to CAM perfection, but should I cut six sheets? Where is the role of CAD/CAM in our craft work? I am a huge advocate for craft and hand made, but seriously question why we should be hand crafting in those situations when machines can do the work faster and cheaper. This is especially true for multiples. Is "hand made" purity an absolute attribute when technologies could help us be more productive? Are we disloyal to hand made if we consider using fabrication technologies that can help us be more cost effective? I love making by hand, but their is a place where we should be working smarter and faster when the machines can do it as well as (or better than) we can.0 Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Ask Harriete
Kathy, I have worked at the TECH Shop before. Worked there as a guest for one day (a week ago) on the Gemini Battlebot. [ https://www.facebook.com/geminibattlebot/?fref=ts ] I don't have those images yet. I think the TECH Shop is wonderful, just amazing. They offer tools and equipment that is too large or expensive for individual purchase. My personal opinion is that the laser cutter is over used, and that people need to learn more tools that the TECH Shop offers. (Lots to say on that at another time.) The TECH Shop also has problems...which were really aggravating for a person accustomed to working in their own shop. The TECH Shop needs more task lighting at every piece of equipment and table. I really had a hard time seeing with lights 30 feet over my head (at night.) Only the upstairs had adequate lighting with both task lighting, sky lights and overhead lighting. The fact the all the tools are used by different people was also a challenge. I can't imagine the maintenance with inexperienced people using tools. The water jet went down...and caused serious delays for this project...but all this happens at professional shops too. I figure for every 4 hours in a shop, there is one hour of maintenance. That is what happens in my shop with just me or my assistant working. Still I think the potential of the TECH Shop is great. Harriete
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Recently, I adopted a new role in four days of intensive fabrication to assist my son in the fabrication of his Gemini Battlebots. We worked at the fabrication space for Radicand. Could I translate my metalworking skill to another realm? Would you like to see more fabrication shots of the Gemini Battlebots? This post takes my craft skills to a new realm. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Ask Harriete
Sara, Thanks for your comment. Indeed, health insurance is very expensive, but after this experience, I realize that it has to be a priority. Health insurance and car insurance has to come before other choices because an accident would be so financially devastating you might never recover. One brief second could have huge consequences. In another example, I had a Discover card payment due the week after the accident. It was only $37 dollars due. But because I missed the payment, They added $25. penalty, plus $1.37 interest and the next bill had huge interest. Until I able to pay attention to the mail, and financial issues....the cost was ridiculous. And that example only started with $37 due. Fortunately, I was able to explain the situation, and had a good payment record. Discover took off all the charges and interest. This wouldn't be so easy to fix for everyone. All I am saying is that experience has shown me that car insurance and health insurance really has to come as a top priority. If your art/craft business doesn't provide enough income for health insurance/car insurance, than another job with benefits is necessary. The business of art and craft is not going to get any easier or more lucrative in today's market. If life can throw in a "triple whammy" everyone has to be prepared. Insurance isn't optional in today's world.
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CRASH! Warning. This Information May Prevent Devasting Injury and Expense. Tell everyone you know. NEVER RECLINE in the passenger seat while the car is moving. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Ask Harriete
Kathleen, I agree with you 100%. It is unfortunate that artists feel so vulnerable. This gets into the larger topic that there is an over supply of artists/makers, and low demand. Even one artist willing to compromise all strategies for an opportunity erodes professional standards. Harriete
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A gallery I show with is asking all their artists to sign new contracts. Everything is standard (50-50 split, etc.) except for a new clause (shown below) which addresses the possibility of theft or damage. "(Gallery) will insure the artwork for its wholesale price. If a claim is filed, the insured work will be paid upon receiving the check from the insurance company less the deductible of $1,000." Have you ever seen this in a gallery contract? Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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This Exhibition Contract from the Professional Guidelines is specifically tailored for an exhibition where the gallery or exhibition space will be showing work for a limited period of time (with no expectation of an on-going representation). If an exhibition space doesn't have a contract, then suggest using this Exhibition Contract so that both the sponsor and your artwork are protected. If an exhibition space doesn't have a contract, then suggest using this Exhibition Contract so that both the sponsor and your artwork are protected. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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Super excited to learn that ASK Harriete is being featured on Typepad for the way this information for the arts and crafts community is also posted on Pinterest. If you are on Pinterest....look for me there! Share ASK Harriete Pins and become a resource for your fellow artists and makers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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I disagree with ignoring the copycat though acknowledge the discomfort and uncertainty of outcomes. We can not simply justify ignoring the copycat regardless of the situation for two very fundamental reasons. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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a number of copycat scenarios brought to my attention by readers are of a more common type involving someone from our own art or craft community, e.g. a student, participant in our workshop, fellow artist or maker, friend or foe. I hear about this all the time. Sooner or later, most of us become aware of someone else's work that is just too similar our own. When you experience such a situation, a key question might be, "Are copies necessarily an intentional act of the copycat?" And how should you handle this situation? Do they understand the consequences? This is not a new problem. I found an example of this exact situation in the Archives of American Art Research Collections. Here is my list for copycat communication: Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Ask Harriete
Perri, First of all I am very glad that people still read the older posts and especially this one....as I keep adding to the "40 Copycat Thieves I have seen." Next to reply to your comment: In my opinion, everything you say appears to be true by evidence of what is published and been reported to me by several different sources. D.I.Y./enthusiast magazines are most guilty of this sloppy practice. Once time I did speak to an editor about this exact scenario in person. This editor worked at a magazine that often published 2nd iterations/copycat content. Of course, this was denied....but I knew perfectly well that by raising the issue in person in a private conversation that they had been warned that people were paying attention. I have no control over what they publish, but if I were witness to this issue, I would bring the topic forward privately in an email or in person, comparing the original to the copycat content. Then if it was not addressed appropriately, I would be willing to write about this publicly if I felt the case was strong and clear. I am tired of hearing these stories....and unless we bring this issue to the fore it will never be prevented. Of course, the original author/workshop master should bring the situation directly to the editor with documentation that the workshop impostor wrote the article. Documentation is first. 2nd "Initial Copycat Communication" directly with the editors is in order suggesting appropriate action by the magazine. Withdrawing the article or appropriate compensation to the master would be a small remedy. 3rd course of action is going public using social media. These three steps are exactly like the most recent posts on ASK Harriete. Step 1. What Is A Copy? Copycat? http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/12/what-is-a-copy-copycat.html Step 2. Initial Copycat Communication http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2015/12/initial-copycat-communication-.html Going Public: Speaking Out! Public Disclosure of a Copycat Complaint http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2016/01/going-public-speaking-out-public-disclosure-of-a-copycat-complaint.html
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When preparing to make a public statement about the copycat incident, refer back to your notes of the timeline and educate yourself on copyright laws. You may want to consider publishing a longer document. This public statement is not only a reflection of the copycat’s business practices, but your reputation as well. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Ask Harriete
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Feeling harmed and disrespected by your copier makes it tempting to send an angry email, threatening a lawsuit and berating the copier for his or her actions. Often this type of email is the least effective way to create a behavioral change or to come to an agreement with the copier. This post include tips for the first communication, intended to create an opportunity for positive results to end the unwanted copying. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Ask Harriete