Founded in 1998 as a networking group for jewelry designers,
the Jewelry Design Professionals’ Network (JDPN) serves as an information exchange
and an ongoing source of continuing jewelry education for artists. It’s also a
place where designers can share ideas and raise questions and concerns about
topics affecting their businesses, as well as simply enjoying the company and
creativity of like-minded individuals. To date, the group has 22 members,
including Leila Tai and Etienne Perret, all of whom interact via organized
events, a quarterly newsletter, and the JDPN website.
To mark the occasion of the group’s 15th year, a
Meet the Members event will take place on March 22, from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. at the
SLC Conference Center in Manhattan. Other events for the year include an
educational seminar about running your own business (to take place in April), a
JDPN Career Forum in the fall, and more. For a complete list of upcoming events
log onto the group’s website, jdpn.org.
“From the beginning, the JDPN emphasis has been offering
friendly support to jewelry professionals,” said Dana Buscaglia, present-day
JDPN president, to the press. “Designers and craftsman tend to be fairly
isolated, given the nature of their work. JDPN offers a variety of events to
stimulate meaningful contact amongst this talented group of artisans.”
The JDPN was originally formed in 1995 by a small group of
the Diamond Information Center’s Diamonds Today Design Award winners, including
Sharon Khazzam and others. The JDPN met informally in founding members’ homes
to support each other and stimulate innovative product development. The group later became an official entity in
1996, achieving non-profit status in 1998.
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