Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Okay, so the koalas weren't discussing Radical Jewellery Makeover - Brisbane, Australia, but many people were.
The impressive attendance at the opening exhibition was a great reward for all of the hard work invested by the jewellers and the organizers of the project. Artisan was full of festive, celebratory energy and the staff at the register managed the flood of sales beautifully. Artisan has estimated that over 550 people saw the exhibition and that 42 Madeover pieces are being worn by individuals today. Artisan’s curator, Kirsten Fitzparick had this to say about Radical Jewellery Makeover, “It was a fantastic project which really engaged the community in a way we had not been able to do before at Artisan, and the outcome was some truly unique work and a very successful exhibition.”
We would like to thank everyone that participated in the the many parts of the project for their commitment to the idea that jewellery can and should be made responsibly. The three primary groups participating in the Makeover had something special to offer. The jewellery donors offered a transparent supply of raw material. The jewelers were challenged to re-consider the ways that they had typically been sourcing their materials, how they design and how to digest a steady flow of information about mining issues while trying to make something someone would want to wear. The jewelers also generously gifted us with their skills and creative vision, they made the jewellery after all. Individuals who purchased Madeover pieces have made a commitment to both wear and share the story behind the piece when given the opportunity. Thank you all for your support of Radical Jewellery Makeover.
Jewellery created during the project will be exhibited online on the NEW Ethical Metalsmiths website. Due for publication soon! Jewellery that was not sold at Artisan is available through the QCA Jewellery and Small Objects program.
RJM-Brisbane, Australia created a new opportunity to address controversial metal and gemstone sourcing issues. Queensland College of Art's Jewellery and Small Objects program is receiving a small, but significant grant for student research to explore responsible jewellery projects. This winter Elizabeth Shaw, Convenor Jewellery and Small Objects at QCA, and Ethical Metalsmiths with determine guidelines for the grant and then begin inviting student proposals. This is the first time that Ethical Metalsmiths is specifically encouraged the host of a Makeover to continue the work after the project ended. We are looking forward to working with Elizabeth and her students in 2011.
We would like to take this opportunity to list the names of all the individuals who gave their skills, creativity and finished jewellery to the project as well as names of a few noteable volunteers.
Vashti-Sita Bardsley - QCA student
Ann Chadwick - Jeweller / QCA Technician
Amy Cochrane - QCA student
Dan Cox - Jeweller
Leander D’Ambrosia - QCA student
Renata Fojtikova - QCA student
Kylie Gartside - QCA student
Kathleen Hunt - QCA student
Alicia Lane - QCA student
Catherine Large - Jeweller / QCA Faculty
Bibi Locke - QCA student
Andrew Lowrie - QCA student
Shanna Muston - QCA student
Clare Poppi - QCA student
Sue Preston - QCA student
Elizabeth Shaw - Jeweller / QCA Convenor Jewellery and Small Objects
Karah Sinden - QCA student
Katie Stormoth - QCA student
Joan Teo - Jeweller
Kim Thomson - Jeweller
Louisa Thurecht - QCA student
Susie Woodhouse - Jeweller / Faculty
Alex Forrest - Volunteer discount voucher designer
Jacky Owens - Logistics volunteer
Brett - Photographer (Dear Brett, you helped us document the project and we don’t even know your last name! Please contact us rjm_at_ ethicalmetalsmiths_dot_org )
Thank you all for your hard work and support! Please let us know what you have been working on since Radical Jewellery Makeover blew through QCA.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Greetings from Brisbane, Australia!
We have been having a great time here at Queensland College of Art Griffith University and our first international Makeover and fifth edition overall is progressing well. We are fotunate to be working with a well informed and skilled group of students and professionals and can't wait to share what they have created.
Today at 3:00 PM all making comes to a close and then we will photograph and price the work. Tomorrow the stunning finished work will be installed for exhibition at Artisan. The opening is from 6-8 PM and the work will remain on exhibition until August 28th.
We are also really excited by recent press:
Mining the community's jewellery box
Check out the the photos, story and pod casts!
Looking forward to reporting more later!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christina and Susie
Friday, May 21, 2010
“We are really looking forward to hosting a Radical Jewellery Makeover at Queensland College of Art,” says Elizabeth Shaw, Convenor Jewellery and Small Objects. “Ethical Metalsmiths has designed a project that we are excited to share with our students and the community. RJM compliments our teachings about social and environmental responsibility in jewellery.”
Radical Jewellery Makeover project directors Susie Ganch and Christina Miller are honored by the opportunity to share their progressive, collaborative project with the Queensland community. While they are in Australia they will be participating in two symposia as well as leading one of their full-fledged RJM projects.
There is a lot of information in this entry including the down-loadable jewellery donation form!
Here is the event line-up:
Queensland College of Art - Symposium: Sat. July 24th, 2010. Click here to access the call for papers.
Radical Jewellery Makeover week-long making event: Fri. July 23 - Thurs. July 29.
Exhibition of Makeover work: Artisan Gallery: Opening Fri. July 30 from 6-8 PM (exhibition runs from July 30 - Aug. 28, 2010).
RMIT Seminar: Fri. Aug. 9, 2010. Click here to access the call for papers.
For more information:
About the QCA Symposium contact: Elizabeth Shaw at email@example.com
About the exhibition and sale of Makeover work contact: Shannon McCaskill at (07) 3215 0800
About the RMIT Seminar contact: Mark Edgegoose at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in DONATING your old, unwanted jewellery:
Queensland College of Art Griffith University students and participating local jewelers will transform your donations into exciting new jewellery using responsible jewelry techniques and processes.
All work will be available for sale from July 30 – August 28, 2010 at Artisan Gallery, located at 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. Proceeds will benefit collaborative student research scholarships dedicated to responsible studio practices at Queensland College of Art Griffith University and United States based Ethical Metalsmiths.
Jewellery donations can be made at the following locations:
- Artisan Gallery, Lvl 2, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, hours 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, phone: (07) 3215 0800 (contact person: Shannon McCaskill)
- Jewellery and Small Objects, 226 Grey Street, South Bank, please ring first (07) 3735 3153, or by mailing your donation to: Elizabeth Shaw, Convenor Jewelleryand Small Objects, Fine Art, Queensland College of Art Griffith University, PO Box 3370 South Brisbane 4101.
Please note that donations must be accompanied by a donation form available at each donation drop off location or for download here! Remember to keep the bottom portion for your records. Donations are only tax deductible if you have your jewellery officially appraised. LAST DAY TO DONATE IS WED. July 21st
Radical Jewellery Makeover - Brisbane, AU Donation Form