Do you love jewellery that makes a statement and helps promote ethical principles?
'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.
'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.
'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."
'Apex en Vogue' 2013, Lexi Daly, Photo by Nicholas Hardy
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.
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 - Queensland Craft & Design Centre, Image courtesy of Artisan Gallery