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North East art gallery shines spotlight on ethical jewellery

North East art gallery shines spotlight on ethical jewellery: Image 1 Newcastle-located art gallery The Biscuit Factory is presenting ETHICAL – a collection of ethically made jewellery from independent makers who work with Fairtrade or recycled metals and materials, or champion sustainable practices.

The independent art, craft and design gallery is looking to shine the spotlight on sustainable jewellery over the winter period.

The Biscuit Factory's Jewellery Curator, Maike Browning said, "These ethical jewellers are not defined by their ethical materials. They are inspired by landscape, botanical forms, home and repetition, amongst other things. This brings us a beautiful and varied collection of work, all linked by a common theme of sustainability and a respect for the planet.
"The jewellery industry is complex and problematic, often with poor working practices and the use of dangerous chemicals. Using ethical metals, such as recycled, Fairtrade and Fairmined silver and gold is a step towards a greater change within the jewellery industry, and I'm delighted to support these jewellers through this exciting new showcase in the gallery."

ETHICAL is part of the gallery's new winter exhibition, featuring the contemporary work of more than 250 artists and makers across a range of mediums, including paintings, prints and sculpture. The show runs from 15 November 2019 to 23 February 2020.

Highlights include delicate natural designs in recycled silver by Holly McAfee, who works from a vegan-friendly studio in Dundee; and simple natural forms by Elizabeth Terza, crafted from recycled metals and hand tools.

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