I am actively job-seeking in the Portland, OR area. Being a person of diverse talents and interests, I’m looking for jobs in several different fields. Knowing that specific industries are most concerned with the skills and experience applicable to those jobs, I’ve created a number of targeted resumes specifically aimed at particular industries. Primarily, I’m looking for the following types of positions, although I am open to other opportunities:
Website design & development
My Jewelry and Product Design Resume. After all, this is what I’ve been doing with my jewelry and functional art pieces for over 10 years now. I’m particularly interested in doing product design for wearable technology and am currently designing and fabricating some prototype bracelets for my Fitbit Flex. Wearable tech is not only a massive growth industry but one that could really benefit from the expertise in that jewelry designers can bring to the table.
In addition to my own metal work, I spent a number of years working at Top Hat Leather, a leather shop in Erie, PA, working on designing products and fabricating them. I also had a business where I sold my own leatherwork products to Medieval reenactors at that time as well.
Jewelry and Metalsmithing Instruction
My Curriculum Vitae. While I prefer something tenure-track at the University level, . I really enjoy teaching. I had the good fortune to teach Art204- Jewelry/Metalsmithing for 6 semesters at the University of the North Dakota while earning my MFA. Working with students is often a greater creative challenge than creating my own work, because students come up with some really amazing ideas that never would have occurred to me yet it’s still my job as an instructor to help them build their idea. It forces me to always be at the top of my game and keep current on a wide range of techniques. As someone who loves the constant intellectual challenge of finding new ways to create objects and make art, I find this fantastic.
Which is to say, jobs which will allow me to use my artistic skills in a creative way– say, as a bench jeweler, in puppet production at Laika Studios, the props department on Grimm, or other places where they might actually have a use for someone who can both fabricate a metal bowl out of a sheet of sterling and then hand-bind a book in genuine hand-dyed calfskin, complete with weird illustrations.
Whatever job I may have at any given time, I am always available for custom commissions, be they designing and fabricating a cool band for your Apple Watch, a unique engagement ring, or Victorian-style mourning jewelry.
Some people consider that serious computer skills like coding are antithetical to artistic pursuits. I completely &, resoundingly disagree. I find that each exercises different parts of my brain. Coding helps me with orderly, methodical approaches to the task at hand. This helps me develop practical ways to approach creating an art piece. Meanwhile, the attention to detail required in manipulating physical media gives me the patience and the eye required to find those annoying, out-of-place bits of random code that keep a script from running properly. As some friends of mine like to say, “Seek ye the balance and be whole.” Balanced brains are a good thing indeed. At the same time, both fields involve a great amount of creativity, both in the sense of finding novel ways to solve problems and in the sense of making those solutions aesthetically pleasing. And, both are solid intellectual challenges. There’s always new things to learn and as smart as I am and as curious as I am, that’s something I really need to be happy in whatever job I’m doing.
In addition to my myriad old-school and new-school technical skills, my previous work experiences as a metalsmith, a college art instructor, a social worker, and in retail have allowed me to engage with a diverse array of people from many varied social, cultural, technical, and economic backgrounds. Thus, I am able to consider a problem from a range of perspectives, as well as communicate effectively with a wide variety of people. I have the ability to find a way to explain technical ideas in more simplified terms so that clients, customers, and students can grasp the concepts and reasoning presented while still being fairly direct and to-the-point.
In the soft skills area, aside from the obvious creative, artistic, and out-of-the-box thinking skills that are necessary to be an artist in the first place; I am highly detail-oriented, outgoing, curious, eager to learn, and have a great – if occasionally sarcastic – sense of humor.