Words by Carles Codina / 2

“You have to exploit your neighbor as you would exploit yourself.”

This is a very interesting and important point Carles made during class: take advantage of your resources and of others around you as well. Cultivate an environment of sharing, of exchange, and let go of being secretive.

This really resonates with me since it is one of the reasons I started this blog, and sharing information with fellow jewelers and designers motivates me to do better and go beyond technique alone. Anybody can learn to follow instructions and see a process through; what really matters is the idea behind the piece, and the personal touch you infuse your work with.

And from another point of view, it is also important to learn to rely on others, ask questions, interact, delegate, and your work will be the better for it. Very often we ‘makers’ feel that we should be able to do everything ourselves, and our work (and profit margin in some cases) might be compromised for thinking this way.

No man is an island, right?

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