Come On! Get Your Jewelry Published
In her last blog post, assistant editor Chloe Chatenenver announced that the guidelines for submitting project ideas to the Spring 2014 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine are now available. I hope you've had a chance to check them out. We're really excited about our themes for Spring, though right now Spring 2014 seems ages away, doesn't it? The themes we chose represent trends we've seen in jewelry or in the general fashion world lately. Below I've reiterated the crucial information about our vision for these themes (including color palettes for the first two themes), plus included a few photos of the kinds of designs I'm imagining for our Spring 2014. Put your creative thinking caps on–we'd love to see what you come up with.
Leather, ribbon, cord, thread, embroidery floss, and fabric are most commonly used as stringing materials and structural components in jewelry pieces, but they also lend themselves to creative and compelling focal elements. Submissions in this category will range in style, but they should all include fibers, textiles, or leather as a prominent design feature. Consider highlighting these materials through techniques like knotting, braiding, and wrapping, or incorporating current trends like fringe or tassels into your designs.
Here's the palette to guide you:
|Necklace from Anthropologie.|
If there is one color that ubiquitously represents springtime, it has to be green. Fresh leaves sprout from the trees, grass peeks out from beneath snowdrifts, and budding shoots speckle our garden beds. From subdued mossy shades to high-energy lime tones, each piece in this category will celebrate spring in all its green glory.
Here's the palette to guide you:
|The Jolie Necklace from Stella & Dot.|
In honor of our annual color issue, we are inviting our contributors to create monochromatic pieces in the color of their choice. While creating a piece in a single color simplifies the process of selecting color-coordinated materials, it makes the other design elements of the piece more visible. Balance, proportion, and symmetry are often accomplished through clever color combinations. Without the aid of a varied palette, designers must rely on their other skills to create well-executed, interesting, and attractive jewelry. We know that you are up to the challenge, so pick a color and show us what you've got!
|This statement necklace is from Ann Taylor.|
In contrast to the previous theme, the pieces in this section will be packed with colors-the more the better! We are challenging you to use as many different colors as possible in your submissions for this category, but be careful that you aren't sacrificing cohesion or wearability for variety. Tip: Succesful "bead soup" pieces often have a unifying characteristic that runs throughout each design (ie: consistent bead size, shape, finish or material; a repeated technique; a specific theme or motif; etc.).
|The Albion necklace from Apres Ski.|
E-mailed pre-submissions are due September 26th, 2013; physical submissions are due October 10th, 2013.
For the rest of our submissions instructions and specifics, please read through our Contributor Guidelines in their entirety here.
So, come on, show us what you've got!