History of the YOJP

The Year of Jewelry Project  (YOJP) was conceived in 2004 by the Creative Wire Jewelry Forum as a “personal challenge” for members of the forum.  The project grew out a challenge undertaken by Deanne “Remy” Heath, one of our friends on CWJ, called the Year of Painting.  The idea of doing something similar for jewelry appealed to us as a group, so she helped us to lay out the structure for the project.

The challenge was to create one piece of jewelry per week, photograph it, and post it to both a personal and group blog.  Each week had a different “theme” which the participants could choose to use for inspiration; alternatively, they could follow their own goals and creative impulses.  Members of the forum commented on the various submissions each week, and all of the participants were able to track their development over the course of the year.

In 2005-2006, the project was dubbed “The Four Seasons of Jewelry” (FSOJ) and the themes were loosely based on “autumn”, “winter”, “spring” and “summer”.

The following year, the project reverted back to its original name, and has been running ever since.  Each Year of Jewelry Project follows the calendar year, with submissions to the group blog due on Saturday.

Unfortunately, many of the previous years’ blogs have disappeared, but you can still see some of the submissions for 2005 and 2007.   We owe a huge THANK YOU to Eva de Witte whose hard work rescued this archive of various submissions dating from 2006 to 2010!  Special thanks to Dawn Morrill for letting us know!

Some years there are more participants than others but it is always of interest to all the people who see it.  Each participant has their own reason for starting on the journey.   And each person gets their own personal reward from it.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

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