Ethical Metalsmiths and EM Students proudly present:
Third Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Student Exhibition
FRESH: Work that’s happening now, challenging how we define the field of metalsmithing and jewelry.
CLEAN: Looking at how our studio practices impact the environment and human health.
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A Message from the Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee,
Thank you, once again, to all that submitted work to this year’s So Fresh + SO Clean Ethical Metalsmiths International Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award! We are grateful to those who see their work through the lens of environmental and human health, and for showing us a glimpse of your studio practice. We are excited to share with you a collection of student work from around the world that strengthens and exemplifies the mission of Ethical Metalsmiths.
What does it mean to be an Ethical Metalsmith? We have found that students have defined this through material sourcing, healthy studio practices, and engaging their viewers through conceptual investigation. The Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee strives to be a platform through which students can showcase what being ethical means to them. Students are looking outside of themselves and their work to see and embrace a bigger picture in which the objects we make and the materials we use matter. A fully sustainable practice may not be an attainable goal, but we are encouraged by how many students are constantly striving to make informed and thoughtful decisions about their practice.
As So Fresh + So Clean continue to grow we hope that these values find their way into studios and classrooms around the world. The only way to get there is to keep encouraging work that considers ethical making and to keep talking about ways that we can all do better!
Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee,
Lucy Derickson and Kelley Morrison