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All Work Is Studio Work: 2019 Material Topics Symposium

In the 31st episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown gives listeners insight to her recent presentation All Work Is Studio Work during the 2019 ECU Material Topics Symposium.

During the breakout session, Sarah and attendees discussed the importance of cultivating the next generation of writers, documentarians, and facilitators from all perspectives within the field of jewelry and metals. Sarah challenged attendees to think beyond the bench; just as important as the makers are the curators, editors, organizers, and educators. Each breakout session brainstormed topics within our field that those in attendance felt are not being adequately addressed, which included the lack of focus on business practices within academic programs and diversity within our field.

The sessions concluded with a series of short interviews between Sarah and artists who volunteered to be interviewed in front of the group. The intention behind these recordings were to demonstrate how to conduct an interview and to capture some of the energy and valuable discussions in the room that day.

A Couple of First-Timers: ECU Symposium with Michael Nashef

In the 30th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown is in Greenville, North Carolina for the Eastern Carolina University Material Topics Symposium.  The annual symposium is a gathering of jewelers and metalsmiths ranging from hobbyists to professionals and Sarah has been invited as 2019 presenter.

This will be Sarah’s first experience presenting at this type of event and since being invited this past Spring, she has gained valuable insight as to what it means to be in this prestigious role.

 During the symposium she sat down with artist Michael Nashef who has been invited to present at the 2019 SNAG Conference in Chicago this May. This too will be his first experience as a conference or symposium presenter and so the two first-timers sat down to discuss what it’s like to prepare for this type of presentation, how much they’re getting paid or compensated, and what the value of this opportunity is beyond the paycheck.

An Unexpected Opportunity: Meera Gessner

In the 29th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown is kicking off 2019 by interviewing an artist who is a self proclaimed mutt-of-a-maker working in all types of mediums, in all types of ways. From hair dressing to face painting, Meera Gessner has dabbled in it all and this multi-talented woman was recently offered an opportunity that was too good to pass up.

In just a few short weeks Meera will be packing up her belongings and moving from Pennsylvania to Iowa. The two women sit down and discuss why Meera is leaving behind her beloved city, what her intention is with accepting this opportunity, and why she needs this drastic change.

If You're Handed It, You Can Handle It: Liz Kantner

In the 27th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with Liz Kantner; Digital Marketer and lover of all things jewelry. This interview could not have come at a better time, as Sarah has been working on her marketing kit and researching how to effectively spread the word of Perceived Value.

The two women discuss what the day-to-day on the job is like for a digital marketer, how you know when digital marketing is being effective, and how much does a digital marketer make?

Birds Of A Feather: Morgan Hill

In the 26th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sets up her microphones in the gallery at the Center For Art In Wood in Philadelphia to interview one of the 2018 Windgate ITE Resident Fellows, Morgan Hill. Sarah and Morgan are no strangers, and the two women sit down and discuss bad first impressions, transitioning after a residency, and Morgan’s experience as a Windgate Fellow this past summer.

A Force To Be Reckoned With: Georgina Treviño

In the 24th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown takes a break from her west coast vacation to interview Mexican contemporary jeweler, Georgina Treviño. The two women sit down to discuss Georgina’s alternative approach to studying abroad, the value in collaborating, and what the secret is to getting her jewelry in so many fashion editorials.

A Celebration of Jewelry: Bella Neyman of NYCJW

In the 23rd episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with independent curator, journalist, and co-founder of NYC Jewelry Week, Bella Neyman. Sarah has traveled to Brooklyn, NY to discuss what exactly NYCJW is, why Bella and JB Jones felt the need to start it, and what those attending can expect for this inaugural event. Beyond NYCJW, the two women talk about how Bella came to be an advocate for contemporary jewelry, starting a blog to gain exposure, and the ins and outs of getting paid as a freelance writer.

A Mixture of Naiveté and Bravado | Jonathan Wahl of the 92nd St. Y

Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown heads to NYC to interview the Director of Jewelry at the 92nd Street Y, Jonathan Wahl. Being that both Perceived Value and the 92nd Street Y are partners of NYC Jewelry Week, Sarah wanted to learn more about the world-class cultural and community center. The two artists sat down in the jewelry studio and discussed how Jonathan came to be the director of jewelry, how far a mixture of naiveté and bravado can get you, and what the 92nd Street Y has in store for the inaugural NYCJW. 

An Assortment of Milestones: Emily Cobb is back

It's August 14th and this is the 1-year anniversary episode of Perceived Value!

In the 20th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown invites back a familiar voice to the podcast. It was this exact day last year that the Adjunct Hustle episode was released and at the time of recording, Emily Cobb had just accepted her first full-time teaching position. Class is out of session and Professor Cobb is home visiting her friends and family in Philadelphia after her first year of teaching at Humboldt State University in California. 

One woman has a year of a tenure position under her belt, the other, podcasting. The two artists sit down and discuss this past year's milestones and changes. 

To all who have been listening this past year - thank you. xo

It's OK if you don't know what you're doing: Erica Bello

In the 19th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with the queen of small-scale fabrication, Erica Bello. This past April, Erica welcomed Sarah into her work/live space in Baltimore, MD. The two women discussed Erica's honest approach to sharing her successes and failures on social media, what it's like not being able to afford your own work, and how scary it can be when you overwork your body. 

Wearing All The Hats: April Wood

In the 18th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with Contemporary Jeweler, April Wood. This is the second installment of interviews Sarah conducted with Staff members of the Baltimore Jewelry Center located in Baltimore, MD. 

The Baltimore Jewelry Center is in it's infancy and as a newly founded non-profit, the staff is small and they all wear many hats. April is the Exhibitions Director, Studio Manager, and instructor. The two women discuss how April came to be in Baltimore, what the deal is with the student loan forgiveness program, and the importance of finding time for yourself.

What degree does a Director need?: Shane Prada

In the 17th episode of Perceived Value, host Sarah Rachel Brown travels to Baltimore, MD for the JV Collective's opening reception of Sirens taking place in the Baltimore Jewelry Center's Gallery. Much like Munich Jewellery Week, Sarah is set up in the gallery with her microphones and spends the evening interviewing staff members and artists with close ties to the BJC.

For her first interview, Sarah sits down with the Director of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Shane Prada. The two women discuss what it's like to start a charter school, how Shane came to be involved with the BJC, and what a director of a nonprofit actually does.

A Meandrous Course: Marilyn Brogan

In the 16th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with contemporary fine jeweler Marilyn Brogan. Recorded this past January during the Pentaculum Residency at Arrowmont School, the two women sit down and discuss the meandering path Marilyn has taken to her current studio practice. From sculpture to baking, Marilyn's work experience is a prime example of how some of us know the career we want right out of college and others figure things out along the way. 

Did America Kick You Out?: Aurélie Guillaume

In the 15th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with French Canadian jeweler, enamelist, and illustrator Aurélie Guillaume. The two jewelers are currently in Munich, German for Munich Jewellery Week and recorded this interview in the JV Collective's exhibition space during gallery hours while visitors looked on. The two women discuss the complications of international artist residencies, how many hours it takes to make a piece, and Sarah finally learns how to pronounce Aurélie correctly!

The Value Of An Experience: MJW2018

In the 14th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown travels to Munich, Germany to exhibit alongside the Philadelphia-based JV Collective and she has her recording equipment in tow. It's Munich Jewellery Week and Sarah is in the gallery with her microphones offering artists the opportunity to speak with her as to why they've come to MJW and how they are affording this experiene. 

This is Perceived Value's first attempt at live recording during an event; all guests, questions, and topics were impromptu. If any information shared during this interview is wrong, please email corrections to perceivedvaluepodcast@gmail.com. 

Napoleon - It's named after the size: Marianne Dages

In the thirteenth episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with artist Marianne Dages, printmaker and member of the collectively-run project space Napoleon. The two women discuss their common connections, how Marianne ended up in Philadelphia, and Marianne's experience as a member of the Napoleon collective the past four years.