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Greensmith: An Exchange Exhibition of Eco and Ethical Jewellery

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Ethical Jewellery Production Eco-Exhibition
Do you love jewellery that makes a statement and helps promote ethical principles?

Clare Poppi, Metalsmith, Jewellery, Art, Exhibition, Artisan Gallery
'Mono Culture' Metalsmith Eco Jewellery by Clare Poppi, Image courtesy of Clare Poppi

Come along to Greensmith: An exchange exhibition of Eco and Ethical Jewellery, at Artisans Gallery between 5 July and 27 September 2014.

This is a unique opportunity for you to view works of wearable jewellery art that address issues involved in ethical material selection, production techniques, design principles and the conceptual development of environmentally conscious ideas.

Greensmith will showcase the finest Queensland and Californian eco-designed jewellery and metalsmithing. The exhibition includes 16 Queensland jewellers and nine Californian jewellers, which promise to evoke the connection between man and earth in their wearable artworks.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the Artisans leading eco-jewellery in Brisbane:

Clare Poppi, Brisbane's own Contemporary Metalsmith Jewellery Artist will be one of the exhibitors in this special event. Her jewellery nature inspired designs use recycled metals and bio-degradable components, which you can see in the photos she has generously provided.

Shanna Muston, another of Brisbane's very talented Contemporary Jewellery Artisans will be exhibiting in the Greensmith show. Her works investigate human fragility and create an intimate connection between past and present.

Shanna Muston, Rearrange, Jaala Alex, Artisan Gallery, Greensmith Exhibition, Jewellery, Art
'Rearrange 1' Shanna Muston, photo by Jaala Alex

Rebecca Ward creates jewellery that speaks to us of our place in the environment. She combines natural objects that are often overlooked into her jewellery creations.

Rebecca Ward, Necklace, Greensmith, Art, Jewellery, Eco-jewellery, Artisan Gallery
'Proof of Concept (Necklace) 2014' Rebecca Ward, Photo by Jaala Alex

Here is a sneak peek at one of the leading USA eco-jewellery Artisans featuring this exhibition:

Lexi Daly values the importance of creating jewellery sculptures that are functional and comfortable wearable art. Her eco-jewellery sculptural pieces are created with materials that she has "saved from being hauled off to the landfill."

Lexi Daly, Eco-Jewellery, Art, Artisan Gallery, Apex en Vogue, Greensmith
'Apex en Vogue' 2013, Lexi Daly, Photo by Nicholas Hardy

The Opening night is Thursday 10 July 2014.

This exhibition is reflective of the growing awareness of social and environmental degradation caused by jewellery production. As a result of this change, Ethical Metalsmiths and Fair Jewelry Action as well as individual jewellers have begun to actively promote ethical principles in the production of jewellery.

Living Cage, Clare Poppi, Greensmith, Art Exhibition, Jewellery, Artisan Gallery, Jewellers, Metalsmiths, JMGQ, Metal Arts Guild
'Living Cage,' 2013, Clare Poppi, Greensmith Exhibition, Image courtesy of Clare Poppi

Items appearing in this exhibition will be judged by leading USA eco-jeweller Christine Dhein and the Artisan Gallery team.

This exhibition is held in partnership with Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Queensland (JMGQ) and Metal Arts Guild San Francisco (MAGSF). Participants are required to be a member of one of these bodies.

What: Greensmith: An exchange exhibition of eco and ethical jewellery
Where: Gallery Artisan, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
When: Saturday July 5 - Saturday September 27
Cost: Free

Artisan Gallery, Greensmith, Eco-Jewellery, Exhibition, Brisbane, Fortitude Valley
Artisan - Queensland Craft & Design Centre, Image courtesy of Artisan Gallery

This is a not to be missed pop-up jewellery studio in the Artisan Gallery exhibition space, where jewellers will be in residence over the exhibition period. So, make sure you come along and meet them!
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Why? You care about the environment and are an art and jewellery lover too
When: Tues-Fri 11:00am-6:00pm; Sat 11:00am-5:00pm; Sun-Mon & Public Holidays - Closed
Phone: 07 3215 0800
Where: Artisan Gallery, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Free
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