Elements Exhibition

Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future

Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold is produced by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in partnership with fine auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. Each year, an exhibition is displayed at Elements to complement the selling fair and events programme. The 2018 exhibition, Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future, has been curated by Fair Luxury and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, and will be on view for the duration of Elements.

Featuring a range of works that consider the concept of fair making, the exhibition will cast a fresh light on what terms such as ethical luxury can mean and the ways in which we can create jewellery for a fairer future.

Eileen Gatt, Eco Balance Bowls

Perspectives aims to raise awareness of issues in the metal, stone and jewellery industries, such as unfair working practices, environmental damage and health and safety risks. Exploring the sourcing of raw materials and highlighting a range of approaches to fairly made jewellery, such as the provenance of metals and stones; the conditions in which makers and miners work; and the environmental and social impact of creating the finished piece. Perspectives will give viewers a detailed picture of what ethical making can look like and the possibilities it opens for both makers and buyers of jewellery and silver.

Sandra Wilson, Gold Chloride Bowl

There will be nine sections in the exhibition, each representing a different way to engage with the topic of fair making. The exhibition will feature works made in Fairtrade, Fairmined and Recycled precious metals, as well as works that represent responsible sourcing of precious gemstones. Visitors will also be able to view work made with alternative materials such as repurposed rubber, plastics, and textiles.

The work of Dr Sandra Wilson and her research team from the Love Chemistry Lab at the University of Edinburgh around the possibilities of extracting gold from electronic waste will be showcased as well as the research by Dr Katharina Vones which examines how waste materials can be used to create a new filament for 3D printing.

Perspectives will be on display at the Elements Festival from Oct 19-21, 2018.

Read more about Elements here.

Originally published on October 3rd, 2018 by Emily MacDonald