Radical Jewelry Makeover exhibition in the Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall is on currently on display. The exhibition is a showcase of the work that was created last February when we held a Radical Jewelry Makeover workshop with Ethical Metalsmiths. Ethical Metalsmiths is a non-profit with a charge to educate jewelers on responsible mining and sustainable ethical sourcing of materials. We mined our community (Rock Hill and Winthrop University) to collect unwanted jewelry to use to create new pieces with a focus on reuse.
The programming surrounding the workshop last spring: a lecture by the director of Ethical Metalsmiths and in intercollegiate exhibition, titled Faktura, were also aimed at educating our community on material sources. The Jewelry and Metals program tied all of this in with last year’s common book theme of Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman. The spring 2013 programming and this exhibition have been made possible through support from the Department of Fine Arts, the Global Learning Initiative, GEM: Guild of Emerging Metalsmiths and the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC.
The results of the project are currently on display through the 13th of September with a reception thisFriday, September 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm (in conjunction with the main Winthrop Galleries opening reception).