End of 2010, I have done neither!! I didn’t like learning German in Switzerland, maybe because of the lousy school I attended for one session. The other expensive school was always intimidating. They boasted to mainly have university graduates and bilinguals as students. They made me take a placement test. Their class “entry points” were few and far between. I would plan to start the class, but never did once the time came. As for jobs, we all know that it’s almost impossible to get employment overseas without having the right visa. I was also under-qualified, as everyone else had Masters degrees. I also don’t enjoy doing something I’m not interested in.
Plans for December 2010 and early 2011:
Become a full time, self-proclaimed artisan
Register my jewellery home business
Continue once-a-week German class at the Goethe Institute, at my own leisure (there’s no rush any more, is there?)
Take a simple silver smithing short course in December at Monash
Take more detailed metal smithing courses at NMIT in February
Sell at Rose St. Artists Market, Fitzroy
We’ll see how many goals I fulfil.
Updates (Sep \'11) Oh it's been so many months since I've even talked about new items or sales. I ...
I’ve been working on this for a long time, and it’s pretty much done, less a few products that I have yet to add.
Please do check it out! Here are some nifty features:
Shop in your own currency
Create an account to save your cart and addresses
Purchase without an account, if you prefer
Purchase in bulk with wholesale/discounted prices
Customise and add on to the designs directly, using the provided options
Get exclusive specials and offers that are not available at my other stores
Newsletters for account subscribers (I won’t be sending these very often)
I will be adding all my products on this site, so look out for new and exciting items coming in the next few months. The collections feature (dropdown selections) helps you locate all items in that set or style.
A big hearty thank you to Andrew Weaver of Plug Market for writing an article on me and my polymer clay miniatures, entitled “Artist Review: How a formal education enhances your craftsmanship”. Andrew is a professional marketing consultant who is writing about artisans to help promote their products, as well as provide valuable advice on how to effectively market handmade products online. Definitely has a space on my bookmarks list! I already found a few tips that I just have to try.