So Fresh + So Clean 2015


Ethical Metalsmith Students proudly present:

So Fresh + So Clean 2015
Student Exhibition and Emerging Artist Award

2015 Jury:
EM Students, VCU Chapter: Lucy Louise Derickson, Kelley Morrison, Jane Barton, Carli Holcomb, and Morgan Babic
Guest Juror: Renee Zettle-Sterling

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So Fresh + So Clean 2015 Award Winners

Soohye Park
Prize $1000, Sponsor: Richline Group

Master of Fine Arts 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

“One thing that most concerns me in the process of making jewelry and metal work, is the very simple and fundamental practice of being aware of my waste and consumption. I hope people become more aware of how much water we waste, for example, or how much toxic materials we use and pour down the drain each day. If we practice little green habits like collecting silver dust, and using towels instead of paper towels every time to dry out a piece, we will not only be helping ourselves financially, but also doing our part to help the environment.”

Joshua Kosker
2015 GUEST JUROR'S CHOICE (Renee Zettle-Sterling)
Prize $500, Sponsor: Rio Grande

Master of Fine Arts 2015, Bowling Green State University, USA

“Opportunities to sustain our material culture while making a meaningful impact in the field are commonplace, existing between the routines and realities of production and consumption. While it is virtually inconceivable to maintain a completely ethical practice, it is possible to reconsider working with what is already at hand, or just within reach. As a result of this shift and the potential for alternative material sources in jewelry and metalsmithing, we may become more aware of our intentions for creating in the first place.”

Fiona Christeller
Prize $250, Sponsor: No Dirty Gold

Bachelor of Visual Arts, Whitireia New Zealand, New Zealand

“Working with left over scrap and sample building materials is a natural extension of having been an architect; construction waste being a sustainablility issue for all contracts.

These works all use zinc and perforated steel as their primary material, mixed with recycled and/or found materials (silver, ceramic beads, copper electrical wire, thread, and bamboo). Using an understanding of materials, form and proportion the jewellery is reminiscent of architectural structures but is created at a new and wearable scale.”

A message from Ethical Metalsmiths Students,

The members of the Ethical Metalsmiths Students would like to thank those who submitted work, and supported the So Fresh + So Clean student exhibition.  An incredible number of submissions were received, and with the help of our generous sponsors we were able to put together a carefully curated show, and create awards for three artists.

One significant goal for So Fresh + So Clean was to begin a dialog about the variety of ways artists can define what it means to be an ethical metalsmith. We understand a completely sustainable practice to be a farfetched notion. Being conscientious of this fact, becoming aware of the ways our practice impacts environmental and human health, is therefore the first step and adds an important layer to the creative decision making of artists.

We are excited to present to you student and recently graduated artists who are helping us start this global movement. So Fresh + So clean represents artists from ten countries on four different continents.

These artists are buying materials locally, finding ethically sourced materials, reconsidering their chemical consumption and disposal, exploring fabrication methods, giving life to used or discarded materials, using green packaging materials, and joining like minded community groups all while creating work rich in content and that advances contemporary metalsmithing.

As So Fresh + So Clean spreads to communities across the world remember it is a catalyst to a longer even richer dialogue. We hope that as So Fresh + So Clean and Emerging Artist awards gain momentum we will continue to explore and redefine ethical practice. Join the conversation that will promote awareness and changes that will have lasting effects in shared and personal studio spaces around the world.

Ethical Metalsmiths Students, VCU Chapter

Lucy Louise Derickson, Kelley Morrison, Jane Barton, Carli Holcomb, and Morgan Babic


So Fresh + So Clean 2015 Showcase

So Fresh:
Work that’s happening now, challenging how we define the field of metalsmithing and jewelry.

So Clean:
Looking at how our studio practices impact the environment and human health.


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Thank you to our So Fresh + So Clean sponsors!

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