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Dear crafthaus members,
It is a treat to be part of this network and I love reviewing the weekly highlights. This week Ethical Metalsmiths has something to share too and we need your help.
Our popular and effective jewelry mining and recycling project, Radical Jewelry Makeover is going to Santa Fe, NM this October! Students, alumni and faculty at four regional schools, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Community College - School of Art and Design, University of New Mexico-LasCruces and University of Texas-El Paso are participating in the intense one-week event.
Radical Jewelry Makeover is radical because it creates social change by raising awareness of really big and seemingly insurmountable ethical material sourcing challenges facing jewelers today by encouraging them to do what they do best, MAKE JEWELRY! The project is lead by Ethical Metalsmiths' Director, Christina Miller and Virginia Commonwealth University Professor, Susie Ganch. These two academically trained metalsmiths bring their skills and knowledge about mining, gemstones and the movements underway to host communities. Generous donors mine their jewelry boxes and give their old, unwanted jewelry for all of the talented makers to use.
Radical Jewelry Makeover has received recognition from artists such as Claire Pentecost, curators such as Lena Vigna and critics such as Lydia Matthews. Last year the project went international with its 5th edition taking place in Brisbane, Australia. A lot of people including us think Radical Jewelry Makeover is a great project. Several students that have participated in an RJM have told us that they have fundamentally changed the way they think about and actually source their materials!
For all of you that value Radical Jewelry Makeover and the work of Ethical Metalsmiths, we need your help. We have been given a special opportunity to showcase RJM on the highly visible United States Artists project site and only have 33 days left to raise a total of $16,500 for the project. Here's the link to our video and the project site. If you have any questions, we'd be happy to answer them.
We are giving away fabulous pieces of jewelry made by past participants if you donate at specific levels. Thanks for your help!!