All in Interview

Show Up: JB Jones of NYCJW

In the 43rd episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown takes a trip to NYC to interview one of the women working tirelessly behind the scenes to make New York City Jewelry Week happen. The inaugural NYCJW brought roughly 10,000 arts and culture enthusiasts to the big apple and this year is shaping up to be even bigger and better.

The two women sat down to discuss what experiences led JB to being a co-founder, the importance of showing up when trying to get your foot in the door, what lessons were learned from the inaugural year, and what visitors can expect from NYCJW19.

New York City Jewelry Week is happening November 18th - 24th.

The Value Of Diversity: The Co-Curators of UNDEREXPOSED

In the 40th episode of Perceived Value, host Sarah Rachel Brown is in Chicago, IL set up with her microphones at Adornment + Theory, a curated art jewelry and design studio. Chicago is teeming with artists, jewelers, and metalsmiths in town for the Society of North American Goldsmiths annual conference and in conjunction, Perceived Value has partnered with Adornment + Theory for this special episode.

Owner Vivianna Langhoff, along with Chicago-based curator and arts-administrator Adia Sykes, have co-curated the exhibition UNDEREXPOSED. An exhibition which featured artist made jewelry created by artists of color. The series placed a finger on the pulse of an industry mainstream where there is little presence of diversity.

To enhance the reach and discussion of the work, Sarah sat down with the women to discuss how systemic racism has impacted the diversity of creative communities, how each curator has personally experienced racism within their creative careers, and why it is important to openly have these discussions.

2 Years In The Making: A Message From Your Host

August 14th marks 2 years that host and producer Sarah Rachel Brown has been creating Perceived Value. That’s 38 episodes, countless trips to record, one presentation at a symposium, one workshop on podcasting, a handful of recording on-site at special events, and a whole lot of hours spent on a laptop.

There’s a lot to be proud of and plenty more to look forward to in the upcoming year of the podcast. Today’s episode is not so much an episode but a special message from your host and producer. As Perceived Value Podcast turns 2 years old, Sarah wanted to give insight as to why she recently took an abrupt pause with the podcast and how she’s been handling all this hustling on her nights and weekends. Things are good but even when things are good, it’s important to take a step back and reflect.

The next full episode of Perceived Value drops on Friday, August 16th.

As always, thank you for listening.

Time To Do It Herself: Viviana Langhoff of Adornment + Theory

In the 38th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown visits the midwest for the annual SNAG conference taking place in downtown Chicago. During her stay, Sarah travels to Chicago’s historic Logan Square neighborhood for a very special Perceived Value event at Adornment + Theory, a curated, art jewelry and design studio. In a coming episodes of the podcast, the recordings made during this event will be shared but first, it’s important to give insight to the woman whose vision and generosity made this event happen.

Viviana Langhoff is the owner and principal designer of Adornment + Theory and an artist filled with passion for what she does. Sarah and Viviana recorded this interview right in the heart of her beautiful space during regular Saturday business hours. The two women sat down to discuss tips on tackling debt, the ins and outs of opening your own brick and mortar, and the importance of realizing when it’s time to step out on your own.

Getting Paid To Do Cool Shit: Curator Kellie Riggs

In the 37th episode of Perceived Value, host Sarah Rachel Brown travels to NYC to visit the Museum of Arts and Design to see their current exhibition Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry. The exhibition, which is on display through July 21st, was curated by Kellie Riggs, a contemporary jeweler, writer, and woman known for getting things done.

Having previously connected during Munich Jewellery Week, the two woman sat down to discuss how Kellie came to be a guest curator for the MAD, what it means to be a curator with an institution of this size, and being a bad to student to get things done.

Thank you to the Museum of Arts and Design for giving Perceived Value a space to record and to Kellie Riggs for your kindness and hospitality.

So Fresh + So Clean: Lucy Louise Derickson for EM Students

In the 36th episode of Perceived Value, host Sarah Rachel Brown has traveled to Richmond, VA to connect with a group of artists with strong ties to Ethical Metalsmiths, a community of caring buyers, jewelers, designers, and suppliers committed to responsible, environmentally-sound practices for all facets of the Jewelry Industry.

A Dual Effort: The Curatorial Team Behind #fail#success

In the 34th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown takes us back to the inaugural NYCJW which took place this past November and shares two interviews she recorded during her livecasts at the NYCJW HQ in SoHo. During her full day of recording, Sarah sat down with both Kendra Pariseault and Manuela Jimenez, the curatorial duo responsible for the exhibitions ICONS AT PLAY which took place at Brooklyn Metal Works in 2017 and #fail#success which took place during NYCJW18.

Sarah sat down with each co-curator to discuss how this partnership came to be, how they financially produce their exhibitions, and the value of taking on this role within one’s creative community.

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.