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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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A lesson for everyone to try unexpected solutions for their art or craft. This risk started a whole new line of work for me that continues to this day. The ordinary tin boxes carry memories of ritual, and observation from another generation. It is odd that the boxes have no valuable, but they are too valuable to be thrown away. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ask Harriete
Terry, I appreciate that you took time to leave a comment on ASK Harriete. In regards to your cost of good sold...it is important to calculate your cost of materials for your Cost of Goods Sold. At the same time I understand that figuring out the cost of each piece of glass would be tedious and/or hard to manage. Perhaps you could figure out the average cost of your glass by the square foot. The double or triple the cost to account for waste when measuring the finished item. Perhaps you could calculate a surcharge when you use some very expensive special glass. Another way of going about it…might be to write the cost of the glass (per square foot)right on the glass when you buy it. AS you plan the project….and then cut the glass you put down price per square foot and how many square feet you used including waste. This goes on a tally sheet for that project. It’s a guestimate….but both methods would give you a fairly accurate Cost of Goods. The final issue is that you also have the problem of inventory of unused glass that you need to carry over into the next year. Harriete
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If your website SEO isn't working, your website isn't working for you. AND there are lots of issues that can affect your ranking in search results, but I have found a great SEO tool that is free with unlimited use. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ask Harriete
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During my tour behind the scenes in the storage area of The Magnes, Curator, Dr. Francesco Sagnolo, opened a drawer containing Tzedakah boxes. How did he know that these small tin boxes would be my favorite objects of the day. Did he know that these small tin boxes changed the direction of my work in 1997? Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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Saving and collecting objects representing former times can become extraordinary if they have survived to share their history. That is what The Magnes Collection is all about. This is also how your work can become part of a museum collection, but only if you understand the value of your work now and for the future. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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Recently, I had the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Magnes Collection with my daughter. The staff allowed us to see drawer after drawer of this extensive Judaica Collection. One practice that I observed right away was that all objects, whether ordinary to extraordinary, are stored and cared for with superb diligence. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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The topic of how museum collections are stored has always fascinated me. What do the museum professionals do with artwork and artifacts during the indefinite periods of time until the next exhibition? How do museum's protect their collections for the long term? This post with special guide, Dr. Daniel Viragh, Post Doctoral Fellow at The Magnes, and Curator, Dr. Francesco Sagnolo will share some insight into museum storage. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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Pick one page, just one page, and fix it up. Do Your Own SEO Test. Craft a better web page with these 10 tips for Artists and Makers to attract web traffic to your website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Ask Harriete
Anon, I don't believe all work is derivative, and consider this discussion important to bring forward for consideration so we are all more careful about respecting intellectual property. And, unfortunately, there is plenty of evidence that people do not think about the consequences of their actions. That makes this post, the comments and discussion all the more important. Thank you for sharing your point of view on the matter. Harriete
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Google considers "comments" from other people on your blog the same as your content. With this insight, as the publisher of your blog, you should edit comments for grammar at a minimum, correct punctuation or spelling, remove all links that are unrelated to the post content, and actually delete comments that do not add content to your post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Ask Harriete
Typepad HTML Email Cindy,Thanks for your comment. A good part of the post was referring specifically to Arts and Crafts Design Award, but I only linked to them once. It is a fine line to call out what I think is a scam, yet the site may consider themselves legitimate. In fact, I do know of at least one person who thought being selected was an opportunity. Professionally, I think this site specifically is just a way for the sponsors to make money. They seem to have some connection to whos who. The Whos who books are a similar scam. They offer a free listing, but for more extensive information in the listing you have to pay, and then they encourage you to buy for the books. Since libraries no longer subscribe to these Whos who books for their resource section, the same people reinvented themselves with the website. At least that is my interpretation.Harriete
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2014 on Opportunity vs. Vanity Scams at Ask Harriete
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"Congratulations. You have been nominated as a participant!" BEWARE!! Such opportunities ARE NOT unique. But, unfortunately, far too many questionable "opportunities" are offered to artists and makers who are all too eager for a chance to gain visibility for their work. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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I'd like to express my appreciation for Casey Sharpe volunteer efforts. After working with Casey Sharpe for the past three months, I thought that it was time to learn more about her work with a few questions. Below are her answers and insights about her work. The titles for her work are very interesting. See what you think? Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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Have you ever thought about the countless hours speakers spend preparing the content of their presentations. That is the finale of a year or years of preparation.Initially, I wondered how a wider audience could benefit from this amazing resource beyond the immediate three-hour program at the Conference. The Professional Development Seminar is looking for a person who is interested in editing the audio recordings of one more seminar; "Collectors, Collections and YOU" from the Minneapolis SNAG Conference. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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The underside of this leaf reveals the diverting vein structure. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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This leaf looks like a world map. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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Which is harder to imagine. A flower, or that I took the picture with my phone, and emailed it at the speed of light directly to my blog? Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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Mother nature doesn't take the easy way, the superficial, the simple answer. This flower reveals all. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Ask Harriete
I will fix the link, but in the meantime here are the links: PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES - Fundraising Auctions: Issues and Checklist for Artists http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/profguidelines/auctions.html PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES -Fundraising Auctions:Issues and Recommendations for Collectors http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/profguidelines/auctionsCOLLECTOR.html PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES -Fundraising Auctions: Issues and Impact on Galleries http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/profguidelines/AuctionsGALLERY.html PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES -Fundraising Auctions:Issues and Alternatives for Art Organizations http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/profguidelines/AuctionsARTorg.html
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Artists and makers could apply a strategy or make work specifically for an auction that is unlike items going to their gallery to avoid competition. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Ask Harriete
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It would be unethical for a gallery to expect the artist to pay any portion of the deductible when the consignment contract explicitly states that the artwork is insured at the wholesale or artist's price. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Ask Harriete
Your image file name is an important tool to increase the visibility of your images online. Learn the four tips in six minutes for improving your image visibility. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Ask Harriete
Until everyone is aware of the ethical and legal issues surrounding copying other people's content....the subject has not been discussed enough. The issue is not about enforcement, it is about awareness and respect. Yes, at some point some techniques do become a standard of general knowledge, this I understand. But to assume there is a justification for taking a workshop from workshop master "A", and than sharing the information in "The Guild of Unauthorized Sharing" is not O.K. Taking a workshop, purchasing a book or purchasing a tutorials has given you access to the information for your personal use. Nothing more. Harriete
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2014 on The Guild of Unauthorized Sharing at Ask Harriete
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Live blogging today from Collectors, Collections and YOU on Tumbler http://pds-news.tumblr.com/ and Twitter. https://twitter.com/PDS_News Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Ask Harriete
This post by Carolyn Graham Edlund from "Artsy Shark Action Takes Down A Copycat" offers a real life example. Step by step it is not hard to protect to images or content online. http://askharriete.typepad.com/ask_harriete/2014/02/artsy-shark-takes-down-copycat.html
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