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.

When Frustration Leads To Action: Blacksmith Mike Rossi

In the 35th episode of Perceive Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with Philadelphia-based Blacksmith, Mike Rossi. In just a few short weeks, a symposium that Mike has been co-organizing for the past 2 years will be taking place at Bryn Athyn, PA. Frustrated with the lack of critical dialogue amongst their peers, Rossi, along with blacksmiths Warren Holtzman and John Rais, have decided to take action and bring their community together.

The two artists sat down to discuss Mike’s experience with the craft show hustle, and how a high schooler manages to save thousands for his college experience, and what it’s like putting together an event of this magnitude with no previous experience.

Looking Forward: A contemporary Blacksmithing and Metal Design Symposium will take place June 14th - 16th.

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.

ACC Baltimore: Who goes to craft shows?

In the 32nd episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown is in Baltimore, MD for the American Craft Council’s American Craft Show. This annual, juried show features artists from all over the country selling handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, and décor. Thanks to the support from the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Sarah was able to make the trip to the show and set up her microphones right in the middle of the Baltimore Convention Center where the event was taking place.

Sarah was curious about the demographic of people who sell, attend and shop at the ACC show. Does everyone who attends plan on spending money or do many go just to browse? For those exhibiting, how are sales good or down from previous years? What’s the value in buying handmade? How much does a ticket cost to get in…

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.

NYCJW: Livecasts From HQ!

In the 28th episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown returns from a month-long hiatus in which she recorded over 8 hours of material during the inaugural NYC Jewelry Week. Monday, November 12th, was the official first day of jewelry week and Sarah was at NYCJW HQ with her microphones speaking with artists and jewelers from all over the country with an array of professional and socioeconomic backgrounds.

From 11 am - 8 pm Sarah livecasted in an attempt to capture the energy on this exciting day. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello, brought food + drinks, or gave a hug - your energy was key during this Perceived Value recording marathon.

Please enjoy this compilation of short-format interviews presented in the order in which they were recorded.

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.