Form & Concept
435 S Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe NM 87501
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Phone | 505.982.8111 x1005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project
Opening Friday, November 25, 5-7pm
Santa Fe, NM – Radical Jewelry Makeover
has been traveling nationally and
internationally to communities since 2007
educating jewelers of all levels about
mining and material sourcing issues
involved in jewelry making through a fun,
fast paced, month long project.
Those tangled chains, unmatched earrings
and banged up bracelets sitting at the
bottom of jewelry boxes are exactly what
jewelry artists participating in Radical
Jewelry Makeover – want to get their
creative hands on. 22 artists from across
the country who previously collaborated with Radical Jewelry Makeover were invited to dive
more deeply into the motivations and questions of the project. As past participants, with prior
exposure to the values of RJM, they were asked to create a series of work using donated
jewelry leftover from all previous donation drives. This work, more than 100 pieces, comprises
the RJM Artist Project exhibition.
Sales will benefit the nonprofit Ethical
Metalsmiths’ efforts to educate and
connect people with responsibly sourced
materials. Ethical Metalsmiths lead
jewelers and consumers in becoming
informed activists for responsible mining,
sustainable economic development and
verified, ethical sources of materials used
in making jewelry.
RJM draws attention to the
creativity and skills of jewelry
designers, reveals the stories
behind our personal collections
and encourages re-consideration
of our habits of consumption.
Currently, materials used in
jewelry production are sourced
from some of the poorest
countries in the world, sacred
lands and disputed territories.
Often this sourcing comes at a
great cost to the environment.
RJM brings together volunteer
“miners,” who dig out and donate
their old jewelry, with volunteer
jewelers and students, working
together as refiners and
designers to collaborate on an exhibition of re-made
jewelry. Radical Jewelry Makeover offers an informed
and creative alternative to traditional mining practices
and jewelry production.
Today, the EPA estimates that hard rock mining is the
most toxic industry in the United States. Additionally,
Earthworks reports that an estimated 50% of the gold
mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single
gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste.
In conjunction with the exhibition, San Francisco-based
jewelry designer and Ethical Metalsmiths board member
Jenn Carroll Wilson will give a lecture about the
exhibition and ethical materials sourcing on Saturday,
December 3 at 2pm.
What/ Who: Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project
When: Opening Friday, November 25, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 pm through February 19, 2017.
Lecture with Ethical Metalsmiths board member Jenn Carroll Wilson Saturday, December 3,
Where: form & concept, 435 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501
Opening Coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District.
For more information and high resolution images, contact:
Jordan Eddy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505.982.8111 x1005