Taking action against convention harassment

Author, John Scalzi, recently posted his new policy on attending conventions: If they don’t have a clear anti-harassment policy, he won’t be going! (Anyone can co-sign it here.)

An acceptable policy includes:

  • A clear definition of unacceptable behavior
  • Where to find convention staff who will help you
  • Making the policy obvious via the website, program, flyers, or opening events. (Preferably all of the above)

I was happy to  co-sign it!

As a fantasy jewelry artist, I will, as early as this fall, be looking to sell my jewelry at at as many conventions as I can reasonably attend.

But it’s immature and unacceptable for a convention to sell out victims to keep their customers happy. Also, as a 24-year-old woman, I’m not enthusiastic about trapping myself behind a table for a weekend unless the convention will assure me I’ll be reasonably safe from people bothering me.

That’s not the end of it, though. This will be my personal approach when a convention’s policy is unacceptable:

  • When I approach a convention about becoming a dealer, I will absolutely commit to having a jewelry showing on that weekend in that town.
  • If the convention policies aren’t acceptable enough for me to attend, I will instead have my showing at library, community center, women’s shelter, or similar organization committed to making the world a safer, more respectful place. (With a percentage of sales donated to the organization.)
  • Promotional materials and press releases for this alternate event will highlight the convention’s poor approach to keeping guests safe.

Personal experiences:
(Every convention I consider attending, and the state of their policies.)

-Dragon Con:  Bright shiny new anti-harassment policy this year!


Do you go to conventions? Is the statement something you would co-sign? Why or why not?
(Disrespectful comments will be deleted, and I reserve the right to do the same toward debating that gets too intense.)


July/August Contest: Collaborate with another artist

Welcome to my blog, the future home of my monthly contests. Hosting my contests here has two distinct advantages:

1. You can enter even if you don’t have a DeviantART account.
2. I can feature entries on this page directly. (Unlike DeviantART, WordPress lets me add images to my posts without buying a membership!)

July’s Contest: (Extended through August)

Work with another artist to make art from two different mediums, inspired by my jewelry. Both artists of the winning entry will win these puzzle piece friendship necklaces.  


All entries win free US shipping until October. ($5 off international shipping.)

1. Both of you must be subscribers of my newsletter. At least one of you must be a new subscriber.
(What’s in the newsletter and what are the perks of subscribing?)

 2. Work together to make a piece of art inspired by my jewelry style, each contributing a different art medium.


writing, poetry / illustration
lineart / adding colors
beads, focals / jewelry
handmade paper / drawing, painting
photos / photomanipulation
physical art / Photography of art

3. Each of you, post a photo of the part you contributed to one of the following places 

  • DeviantART
  • instagram
  • imgur

 4. If possible, link to this page and any jewelry pieces you were inspired by.

5. Each of you, message me on that site with your contribution.

General rules

  • Keep it G-rated
  • Contest ends September 1
  • I get permission to copy/paste every entry onto my computer and use them to promote my jewelry for as long and as often as I want. (I won’t change anything or sell your work directly. If I use your work at all, I will link to you on my website.)

Rules for entering more than once:

  • Each entry must have at least one new subscriber.
  • Someone can only count as “the new subscriber” for one entry.
  • Someone can only contribute to three entries.

Suggestions for finding someone to work with:

  • What kinds of art do you like to make?
  • What kinds of art can you make your art out of?
  • What artists can make their art out of your art?

 Feel free to add questions and comments.