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Harriete Estel Berman
San Mateo, California
Harriete Estel Berman creates jewelry, sculpture, Judaica & installations from recycled materials https://harrieteestelberman.com/ and author of the Professional Guidelines https://harrieteestelberman.com/professional-guidelines/
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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Jo-Ann, Thank for all the applause. It is indeed been a very interesting experience which I look forward to sharing. I learned and lot and hopefully every one of the "Craft In America" shows will bring more visibility and a larger audience to the best of craft. Harriete
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Biba, You are so right. Advocates for craft like Carol Savion and Patrick and Robert with the vision of Ornament Magazine do make a difference. Many times during the interviews, I also thought of Suzanne Ramljak who invited me to be part of Uneasy Beauty at the Fuller Craft Museum, and when I asked if I could make a big piece she said, "yes." And when it was 16 feet, she said "yes" and when it was 26 feet she said "yes." And all of this without boundaries or ifs, or limitations. She trusted me, and never filled me with crippling doubt. This level of positivity is so important.
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Thank you Francesca. It was a truly amazingly exciting experience even if I felt challenged every step along the way. I'm working on writing several posts. The entire journey had so many facets.
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Louise, My studio definitely needed help and I didn't have very much time. I'd open up drawers and the tins were covered with so much dust that you couldn't even tell the color. And the organization was in crisis. For more than a year, I had no time for any cleaning or organization. With limited time, I had to do wholesale purges of old slides and move volumes of materials out of the way.
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I confess -- for more than a decade I've had a wish... that my artwork would be featured in "Craft In America," a Peabody Award-winning series about craft. And sometimes, wishes do come true. This past weekend a six-person crew arrived at my studio and home for a two-day blitz of video. Learn about how this happened, and what it took to get ready. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ask Harriete
Thanks Fiona for your comment. It's great to hear from you. Wait till you hear and see what is coming up!!!! Harriete
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Great images all by themselves can create opportunity. Quality images are not just an ego boost for documentation of your artistic effort. Quality images are critical to include in a magazine or book. Quality images attract the audience and reflect the quality of the magazine or book. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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Interviews may turn out unpredictably. Actually, this could be an understatement. Some interviews are like a game of croquet, roulette, or chess. Or interviews can take more detours than rock slides on California One, but at the moment, I'd like to invite everyone to listen to a live ZOOM panel discussion Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Ask Harriete
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With Covid-19, this year's Thanksgiving required a new dimension of creativity with Covid-19 style and safety. Here is this year's Thanksgiving table, and examples from past years. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2020 at Ask Harriete
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On Thursday, November 19, Cindi Straus will be leading a conversation with me, Harriete Estel Berman, and Joyce J.Scott. The conversation is titled "American Jewelry and the Counter Culture." We will discuss our early experiences as makers in the turbulent and politically exciting period of the 1970s and early 1980s. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Ask Harriete
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Now in 2019, a few updates are due for the Professional Guidelines. The updates involve all three contracts, plus the Guide to Professional Quality Images and Inventory Records: Documentation and Provenance. Your work could be part of the history in your field but only with documentation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Ask Harriete
Thank you Fiona. Your comment is much appreciated. Harriete
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Last week, I was 3,000 miles and a world away from today. Saturday, October 13 was dedicated to my first visit to the Fuller Craft Museum and the opening reception for the exhibition "Uneasy Beauty." The whole day was a rich experience. Why was it worth traveling 3,000 miles? Why even go to an opening reception? Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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Fabulous and heart-stopping news! That is what I would call it when Curator Suzanne Ramljak told me that they were using a photo of my Black Plastic Gyre Necklace Boa for the cover of the catalog "Uneasy Beauty." Being featured on the cover of the catalog is good fortune but also at least partially a result of two approaches that any artist can take for their own art or craft. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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s Artwork Ever Old? An artwork from 20 years ago can still resonate today, perhaps even more so than ever! I've never considered my earlier work as "old inventory." Spoken clearly with the artist's voice, work made in previous decades can gain more meaning in another time. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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Life as an artist constantly presents missteps, hurdles, and obstacles to creating and presenting your best work. During fabrication, there could even be a mistake or miscalculation leading you to the precipice of ruining entirely your work in progress. When this happens, I try to apply the philosophy that the situation could be an opportunity for improvement. This summer, it happened again. You can see the results. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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Visiting a college or university is an exhilarating experience for me. Meeting all the students -- wondering what the future will bring for these students. How will their academic education prepare them? Graduation time is when many begin to realize the magnitude of the jump they are making into the rest of their lives. Eureka provided a lively mecca of small businesses in the historic area. A great example that craft in different mediums can be successful with a niche business focus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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Humboldt State University in Arcata (near Eureka in northern California) has invited me to present two days of lectures and discussions for their students, but there is a public lecture on Thursday night, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. If you live in the area, I hope you can come. Harriete Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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This post shows the progression of this photographic experiment. The step-by-step images illustrate the evolution of my idea and highlight the reality that most projects are not fully coherent at the initial conception. All too often we forget the trials and tribulations during the hours of preparation and the work that it takes to bring an idea to reality. There can be lots of mistakes along the way, and that is O.K. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Ask Harriete
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Working with a live model requires a lot more planning than any other option for photographing jewelry or art clothing. Select a model, consider clothing for the model, posture, stand up, sit down, look away, look around, look at the camera. What does make a good model shot? Here are my best results. Tell me what you think. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Ask Harriete
Thank you Cori for offering your perspective as a show promoter. It is understandable that a vendor/seller can not commit to every show they apply to as I know that sometimes people apply to more than one show for the same weekend. (This is usually an effort to make sure they have a show opportunity for the weekend.) However, it seems courtesy and professionalism apply in all circumstances. That includes informing the show sponsor if you will not be committing to a show in advance (with as much advance notice as possible.) A last minute cancellation may be unavoidable, but again notice to the show promoter should be a professional necessity.
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While photographing the Black Plastic Gyre Necklace I wanted to try using a mannequin to provide scale and to see the necklace worn with the neutral context that a mannequin can provide. Suzanne Ramljak, the curator for the upcoming exhibition, Uneasy Beauty, wanted a mannequin photo in the exhibition catalog for the Fuller Craft Museum. That declaration raises a huge expectation that the mannequin shot needs to be very good, but I am not sure the images using the mannequin shots deliver. What do you think? Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Ask Harriete
Roxy,Thank for taking time to leave your critique. This is much appreciated. I will share the mannequin and model experiences in the next two posts. I usually don't do three photo sessions (white background, mannequin and model) for one object, but this time it was necessary. I do think the white background is de riquer for the gallery or museum context. If you want to play in their playground, you at least must comply with their expectations. Of course, trying an experiment shot is still possible, and I have a super doozy coming up!!!!!!!!! P.S. Your black plastic donation is definitely in their somewhere. P.P.S I actually do think that each and every person can make a difference in the plastic that is swallowing our planet. I pick up plastic trash off the street. I refuse to use plastic bottled drinks. I look for alternative packaging, write to companies about their packaging, and recycle like a crazy person.
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Tib, Thanks for your comment. The next two posts will cover the mannequin and the model images in separate posts. In the past, I had some artwork that was photographed in the “gallery” of a museum…but then I had to wait until it was shown at the exhibition. That has problems in itself….including that in this case I needed an image for the catalog. Photographing in the exhibition sometimes means other artwork might be in the shot. There is no easy win when photographing large scale, or I haven’t learned enough lessons yet. Harriete
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Of the five photos in this post which ones would you buy? How can a photo of a large object reveal detail, materials, scale and the artist's intent all at the same time? Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at Ask Harriete