Making Change

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1523290663194{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”697″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”custom_link” css=”.vc_custom_1583601941208{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}” link=”https://www.fairluxury.co.uk/featured/ethicalmakingresource/”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Make change by changing the way you make.

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – we’ll update you as soon as new details are announced.

 

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths 4th Ethical Making Symposium, Change Making will focus on how, through innovative design strategies and alternative sourcing methods, jewellers and makers can design out waste, source ethically and create better brands to make for change.

 

Innovative and thoughtful design and material choice are the cornerstones of ethical making and making to create positive change. Design is where new ideas are born, with the potential to disrupt damaging patterns and enact real change. Material choice can account for up to 95% of a product’s social and environmental impact. Choosing materials that are responsibly sourced, that reduce waste and promote social welfare is critical in the process of making for change. Combining this with innovative design transforms how and why we make, creating a better future of making.

The 2020 Change Making Symposium is open to students, makers and industry professionals and will be hosted by the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in partnership with GSA Sustainability. The symposium talks will address Scotland’s design culture and legacy of ethical making, what sustainable materials are and how they can make positive change, and circular economy design principles.

Tickets can be purchased once the new date is announced.

Speakers and suppliers will include:

  • Dr Stacey Hunter, Design Curator and Producer
  • Kira Kampmann, Marc’Harit Pearls
  • Mary Michel, Ostrero, Circular Economy Research
  • Maira Toledo Rodrigues, Gemstones Brazil
  • Stuart Pool, Nineteen48 Gemstones
  • Betts Metals
  • Fairtrade
  • Fairmined

And more to be announced!

After a morning of engaging talks from makers, suppliers and researchers, there will be an ethical supplier fair in the afternoon for attendees to talk to suppliers and learn more about ethically sourced materials, followed by a drinks reception.

We will then be screening The Shadow of Gold, a new documentary examining the global gold trade, the second screening as part of the film’s UK premiere followed by a Q&A session.

 

Attendees may also register for a workshop in the afternoon (tickets are first come first serve and sold separately).
Scotland-based maker Jo Pudelko will be leading a practical jewellery workshop in which attendees will be reconstructing pre-owned jewellery into new pieces.

 

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths is committed to helping makers on their journey towards ethical making and do this through their annual Symposiums, a range of grants, the Ethical Making Resource and the Ethical Making Pledge with the Scottish Art Colleges. The Ethical Making Resource has been created by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, which trades as the Edinburgh Assay Office, and is Scotland’s oldest consumer protection group. They have hundreds of years of experience in third-party, independent assessment and are now applying that experience to one of the most important issues in the industry today: making ethically and sustainably in a global world.

 

For more updates on the symposium and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths, follow @incorporationofgoldsmiths on Instagram and subscribe to their newsletter at www.incorporationofgoldsmiths.org. Head to www.ethicalmaking.org to learn more about the Ethical Making Resource.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Making Impact Conference

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Thank you for the wonderful Fair Luxury Making Impact Conference”

“I had a really great day and left feeling inspired by all the amazing speakers and buzzing with energy!”

Just two responses to Making Impact – our 2019 conference with the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh which took place at Edinburgh College of Art on 3rd April.

A broad audience, including jewellers and silversmiths, gemstone dealers and mining experts, students and academics amongst others, explored how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to jewellery and metalwork practice in the UK and in our industry globally. More and more businesses are using the SDGs to help them prioritise and communicate areas for social, environmental and economic impact and we looked at how they can become a set of tools to enable us to make a positive impact in our field and in our practice.

 

Speakers and subject included:

Keynote speaker – Emily Auckland from the UK Stake Holders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)
UKSSD is a cross-sector network of organisations who work together to drive action on the UN sustainable development goals in the UK. Emily introduced the SDGs and talked about how they can be used by individuals, organisations and globally to effect change.

Vivienne Low from Fashion Revolution Scotland reported on the ongoing Fashion Revolution campaign and highlighted ways in which we can question and change our outlook and lifestyle and join the campaign in order to improve the lives of others.

Simon Forrester introduced the National Association of Jewellers Better Business Pathway and talked about their other work and member resources.

Stuart Pool presented the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and PACT Tanzania Project, helping artisanal women miners in Tanzania build better livelihoods.

Dr Sandra Wilson – Urban Gold Rush: Recovering precious metals from electronic waste.

Hannah Bedford and Stefanie Cheong talked about Ethical Jewellery in Practice.

Jennifer Gray from Edinburgh College of Art and the Student Ambassadors brought updates on progress in the Scottish Art colleges following the signing of the Ethical Making Pledge and talked about new independent initiatives they are taking, plus exciting news about the proposed introduction of an ethics course which goes beyond the jewellery and silversmithing departments.
For more about the Ethical Making Programme click here 

You can see and download the full event programme here

Special thanks to the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Edinburgh College of Art for working with us to host and create this inspiring and energising event.

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Event Highlights to Download

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1526566852539{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][rev_slider alias=”rca2018″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Here you can access some of the presentations from our conferences and events
just click on the relevant link to download

Human Rights in the Supply Chain – Victoria Gronwald from Levin Sources, Fair Luxury at IJL 2018

People in the Supply Chain – Sarah Greenaway, Fair Luxury at IJL 2018

An Ethical Business – Harriet Kelsall, Flux 2016, Goldsmiths’ Centre[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Fair Luxury at the RCA

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Fair Luxury at the RCA” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1526915320210{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.co.uk%2Fe%2Ffair-luxury-at-the-rca-tickets-45681422364|title:book%20now|target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”381″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1527344940584{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]At Fair Luxury at the RCA 2018 we heard about and discussed some of the opportunities, issues and challenges around ethical sourcing.

The day included presentations from some of the key figures in the field of responsible sourcing and practice with some fresh approaches and new names including practising jewellers, representatives of certification programmes, gem traders, consultants and researchers working on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). If you want to be the first to know about future events please sign up to our mailing list.

 

DATE AND TIME

Wednesday 11th July 2018, 9:30 – 17:30

 

LOCATION

Royal College of Art
Jay Mews Entrance, Darwin Building
Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2EU

 

Subjects and speakers will include:

The Fairmined Certification Programme
Yves Bertan and Kenneth Porter from the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Mining in Sri Lanka
Stuart Pool (Nineteen 48 Gemstones)

Being a Licensee Jeweller: Ideals and Practicalities
Susi Smither (The Rock Hound), Tim Ingle (Ingle & Rhode), Naqiyah Sultan (Kashka), Peter Crump (Vipa Designs)

“Make It Happen” with Fairmined Gold
Martin Taber (Ethical Metalsmiths)

The Ethical Making Resource
Mary Michel and Emily Macdonald (Incorporation of Goldsmiths)

Diamond Supply Chains
Gavin Hilson (University of Surrey)

Discussion and Wrap-up event, drawing on the days themes
Estelle Levin-Nally (Levin Sources)

Click here for event details and directions

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Flux-Mini at IJL 2017

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At IJL 2017, the major annual UK jewellery trade event (http://www.jewellerylondon.com), Fair Luxury presented the first ‘Flux-Mini’ – a soundbite from the acclaimed Flux Conferences and a great starting point for anyone begining to think about ethics and jewellery.  This condensed version of the conference gives delegates a topline insight into the issues facing the jewellery industry from mine to market in a future that’s dominated by ‘Aspirationals’ – a new breed of consumer that represents over 47% of the global population and who chooses to shop with brands that contribute positively to society.

The Flux-Mini programme at IJL:

‘Ethical choices in jewellery sourcing – what to consider and where to start’
Stuart Pool – Nineteen 48
Estelle Levin Nally – Levin Sources

​Brand authenticity and the ethical consumer – who she is and how to talk to her
Sarah Greenaway – Mosami / PersonaMe

Ethical jewellery in action – 4 pioneering jewellers sharing their experiences
Arabel Lebrusan
Amanda Li-Hope
Harriet Kelsall
Anna Loucah

Look out for similar ‘mini’ events in future with varying content, tailored to the audience and venue.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

FLUX 2017

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April 2017

” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1518550503013{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”74″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1519069257435{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Wow – what an amazing two days we had at Flux 2017. For those who were there, thank you for your part in a truly inspiring event. If you couldn’t make it, the good news is there is plenty happening that you can be involved in – see below to find out more.

We travelled the globe exploring the vast arena of sourcing, ethics, responsible practice and sustainability in the jewellery trade, hearing from pioneers and others newer to the scene, including larger brands, about what they are doing, their challenges and achievements. We also connected with like-minded organisations in the UK and beyond and from international policy to grass-roots level – from NGO to individual jeweller – we heard about what is happening to effect change and what we can do, along with information about on-the-ground support and training.

Alongside this, inspirational case studies and motivational presentations from people who are really doing it and making things happen challenged us to put a different perspective on what we can each do to effect change if we care about the communities that source our materials and the impact our work has upon those around us.

Our very big thanks to our hosts, Assay Office Birmingham, and speakers, all passionate changemakers, who gave freely of their time and expertise, helping us question, challenge and facilitate progress, achievement and change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

FLUX 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”FLUX 2016 – Goldsmiths’ Centre
April 2016
” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” css=”.vc_custom_1519135857865{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”73″ img_size=”full” css=”.vc_custom_1519136128479{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Tuesday 19th April saw the inaugural FLUX conference at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. A packed day of diverse keynote speakers and interactive workshop sessions began with Lina Villa, Executive Director of the Alliance for Responsible Mining in Columbia, responsible for the Fairmined initiative.

Lina shared her experiences of implementing change through increased standards in mining safety and the positive effect such essential work has had on the lives of the millions of artisanal miners across South America.

Next, Orsola de Castro – co founder of the global phenomenon that is ‘Fashion Revolution’. Conceived in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1,130 Bangladeshi garment factory workers lost their lives, Orsola shared her inspirational journey of just what is involved in flying the flag for sustainability amidst today’s seemingly insatiable desire for fast fashion.

Jack Cunningham, Group Sustainability Manager at Gemfields PLC rounded off the keynote speakers with a frank and honest discussion of the challenges faced in gemstone mining and marketing when acting as the model for ethical policy within an industry that has an inherently chequered history of environmental practice.

Woven between these fascinating topics were workshop sessions held by such industry specialists as campaigner, Greg Valerio MBE, responsible sourcing specialist Estelle Levin and CMJ Chief Executive, Willie Hamilton.

The day’s proceedings were brought to a buoyant close by Antiques Roadshow jewellery expert Joanna Hardy who shared a light hearted presentation on her recent experiences whilst searching for rubies in Myanmar.

This ticketed event sold out soon after launch proving the undoubted hunger for such debate within the jewellery supply chain.

‘The UK really is leading the way in ethical practice within our industry” commented key note speaker Lina Villa. ‘It is always inspiring to come here and see the enthusiasm you have to make real change.’

The overall sense of the day was one of hope and conviction. Delegates and speakers alike shared experiences and knowledge across a broad spectrum of topics – all united by the common belief that advancement is possible and by continuing to communicate and work together we can all play a part in effecting real change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]