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Ask Harriete · 3d ago

Creative artists, creative accounting -- the reality or the fiction of a "serious" business

There is a myth out there that artists and craftspeople keep poor records for their businesses. I am not sure if it is true. The only thing that I know for a fact is that the I.R.S. will not...
Ask Harriete · 1W ago

Multiple Revenue Streams - Are You Swimming in the Right Direction or Up a Creek with the I.R.S.?

I am betting that a lot of my readers also have multiple revenue streams. This is the life of most artists. While it may be too late for 2016, now that your taxes are already done, this is the time to remodel your record keeping for 2017.
Ask Harriete · 2M ago

The Power of Your Dollar

The power of the dollar is in your pocket. Yes, your pocket. How do you spend your dollars? Or align your art and craft with your political allegiance? In this polarized, dismantling of the arts and education trend, everything has become political.
Ask Harriete · 3M ago

Read My Jewelry - Jewelry with a Voice and Visibility

Originally, this post was going to be exclusively about the book, "Read My Pins" and the remarkable exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. There is much to say -- a lot more --...
Ask Harriete · 3M ago

The Tax Season Is Upon Us - 2 Rules for Audit Survival

Here are my top two super simple rules for artists and makers to keep their business accounting on the up and up -- separate your business accounts and keep receipts. The rest of this post ...
Ask Harriete · 3M ago

When "Out to Lunch" Takes On Meaning

Growing up, I worked at my father's store. During that entire time, I never saw my father ...
Ask Harriete · 3M ago

Misstress of the Home Trapped by Modern Convenience

A few years ago, actually in another century, I made a sculpture (shown above) titled: "Misstress of the Home Bound to Modern Convenience." For months now, it's been echoing in my mind as 2017 housekeeping includes efforts to keep current with the l...
Ask Harriete · 4M ago

Gender Inequity in the Craft Ceiling

In 1972, Congress enacted Title IX.Very few fully comprehended how this gender equity legislation would impact the sports world. On a parallel timeline, crafts has not provided any parallel of gender equity.Since 1975, out of 301 American Craft Counc...
Ask Harriete · 5M ago

Artistic Expression and Being an Artist

Every year I look forward to reinventing my Thanksgiving table is an extension of being an...
Ask Harriete · 5M ago

DIY This Necklace And Copy Another Person's Idea

What do you do when you see a D.I.Y. post on how to recreate/copy another artist's work? When I first saw a situation like this, I didn't know what to do. This time I wrote a post with voc...