Elements Festival, organised by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers, will also feature an exhibition dedicated to sustainable making entitled Perspectives: Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future. Elements, which runs from 19 to 21 October, is now firmly established as one of the most innovative and exciting opportunities to see and buy high quality handmade jewellery and silversmithing by designers from Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.
This year there will be 50 makers and designers selling work at the festival – with around half coming from Scotland including makers Heather Woof, Linda Lewin and Misun Won. Makers from elsewhere in the UK include Daphne Krinos, Sarah Herriot, and Brett Payne.
There will be 33 jewellers and 17 silversmiths with work for sale on the ground floor of the Lyon & Turnbull’s auction rooms, which are based in a beautiful former church building in Edinburgh’s New Town. Click here for the full list.
The Perspectives exhibition, which is curated by Fair Luxury, an independent group of jewellers working towards greater traceability, responsible sourcing and sustainability, will be on the upper floor. It will explore sustainability and provenance as a facet of fine craftsmanship and highlight the wide range of approaches to making for a fairer future, such as the origin of metals or stones and the environmental impact of creating a finished piece. The exhibition builds on a major initiative by the Incorporation that has seen it work in partnership with Scotland’s art schools to develop the world’s first Ethical Making Pledge that means all jewellery and silversmithing students in Scotland will have a thorough knowledge of ethics and sustainability. At the same time it has created a new online resource for established makers and designers.
Elements 4 will take place between 19 to 21 October, at Lyon & Turnbull’s auction rooms at 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR. Normal opening times are 11am to 6pm daily for the duration of the fair.
Entry to the fair is by catalogue and costs £5 (allows unlimited access for the duration of the festival). Under 16s free admission.