Some of you may be familiar with the Year of Jewelry project while others have never heard of it before. I was fortunate enough to get in on the ground floor of this project way back in 2004 when it began. In the YOJ project international participants commit to make one piece of jewelry per week with the goal of honing their skills and feeding their creativity. Optional themes are offered for each of the 52 weeks, which I rarely followed but always loved seeing the product of the many other jewelry artists who did follow themes. Not only was it a booster shot for your personal jewelry making skills, but the gallery served as a wonderland of inspirational images. I credit the YOJ project with much of my growth as an artist and I feel certain any other committed participants feel the same. For more on the history of the YOJ project, click here: Year of Jewelry Project
I participated from 2004 to 2008 but then fell under the impression that the project had wound down, ultimately ceasing to exist. That is why I have not participated for the last two years. Just last week I was thinking about the YOJ and what a shame it was that it no longer existed. Then, out of the blue I found out that not only was the project still very much alive but that the information came to me in enough time for me to sign back on and participate in this project once again.
If you’d like to participate, and if you’re a jewelry maker be it absolute novice to respected wire guru I HIGHLY recommend participation in this project. Registration is free and open until January 7th. Your first project is due on the 8th. To register go here and fill out the contact form by January 7th. You will receive an email with a password and further instructions from one of the organizers.
I would love to see some of my artist friends out there joining in the YOJ project. The more talent we have the greater our inspiration as a group is. However, if you choose not to join in this go round or found this post too late you can sign up for the next quarter. See the Official YOJ 2011 site for details. I do recommend that even if you aren’t participating that you bookmark the page and follow the weekly entries. You will find yourself quite inspired by the wonderful offerings each week.