Opportunities for Makers
Ethical Consumer Conference
Fair Luxury Conference
The Fair Luxury responsible sourcing conference is led by FLUX, an independent group of makers and ethical jewellery leaders. The conference addresses issues of provenance and sustainability in the luxury industry broadly, with speakers leading in ethical fashion and jewellery. For more information on future FLUX events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incorporation of Goldsmiths Ethical Making Symposium
The Incorporation of Goldsmiths holds an annual symposium to promote and support the education, art and craft of Scotland’s gold and silversmithing heritage. Speakers include makers with varying perspectives on what ethical making means to them, specialists on material sourcing and the supply chain and key initiative leaders.
The symposium is designed for both practicing makers and students of silversmithing and jewellery design but is applicable for any maker interested in ethical approaches in their craft. For more information contact Emily at email@example.com.
The first symposium of this kind titled It’s In Our Hands – The Future of Ethical Making in Scotland was produced in partnership with and held at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, in Dundee. Speakers included Greg Valerio MBE, leading Fairtrade ethical jeweller and environmental activist; Fairtrade jeweller Ute Decker; silversmith Karen Westland; Tim Ingle of ethical jewellery brand Ingle & Rhode; researcher Dr Peter Oakley; ethical consultant Vivien Johnston; Marian Brown of social enterprise on the circular economy and Mary Michel, Incorporation of Goldsmiths Director.
The second ethical making symposium, titled It’s In Our Hands – One Year On, was held on March 28th & 29th. Produced in partnership with the Precious Metals Workshop.
Jewelry Industry Summit
An open forum on sustainability and responsible sourcing, the Jewelry Industry Summit is an annual meeting to increase awareness of the supply chain, discuss initiatives and progress and to unite cross industry actors towards solutions development projects. The next summit is March 9th-10th, 2018 in New York City with the theme of taking action now to maintain and improve the supply chain.
Ethical Jewellery Workshop
Greg Valerio MBE and Ute Decker run this tailor-made one day training course on ethical jewellery. The course addresses the challenges designer jewellers face, supply chain management for gold, gemstones and diamonds, green studio practices, definitions of critical concepts and a knowledge based approach of how to source ethically. The Workshop is appropriate for universities, colleges, institutions as well as groups of interested jewellers.
For current availability and fees, email Ute Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Metal Colouring Workshop
London based metalsmith Adi Toch, runs a jewellery workshop on alternative metal colouring techniques with bio materials as well as the process of salt water etching. For current availability and fees email Adi Toch at email@example.com.
Goldsmiths Centre Programming
The Goldsmiths’ Centre programming features regular events and courses which have included topics of interest within responsible sourcing and ethical jewellery.
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