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Postponed: Change Making Symposium

Change Making Symposium

Please note, this event has been postponed due to coronavirus.

Make change by changing the way you make.

Innovative and thoughtful design and material choice are the cornerstones of ethical making and making to create positive change. Design is where new ideas are born, with the potential to disrupt damaging patterns and enact real change. Material choice can account for up to 95% of a product’s social and environmental impact. Choosing materials that are responsibly sourced, that reduce waste and promote social welfare is critical in the process of making for change. Combining this with innovative design transforms how and why we make, creating a better future of making.

Join the Incorporation of Goldsmiths for their 4th Ethical Making Symposium, Change Making. This year our conference will focus on how through innovative design strategies and alternative sourcing methods, jewellers and makers can design out waste, source ethically and create better brands– to make for change. We welcome all students, makers and industry professionals to attend.

The 2020 Change Making Symposium will be hosted by the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in partnership with GSA Sustainability.

The symposium talks will address Scotland’s design culture and legacy of ethical making, what sustainable materials are and how they can make positive change, and circular economy design principles.

Speakers and suppliers will include:

  • Dr Stacey Hunter, Design Curator and Producer
  • Kira Kampmann, Marc’Harit Pearls
  • Mary Michel, Ostrero, Circular Economy Research
  • Maira Toledo Rodrigues, Gemstones Brazil
  • Stuart Pool, Nineteen48 Gemstones
  • Betts Metals
  • Fairtrade
  • Fairmined

And more to be announced!

After a morning of engaging talks from makers, suppliers and researchers, there will be an ethical supplier fair in the afternoon for attendees to talk to suppliers and learn more about ethically sourced materials, followed by a drinks reception.

We will then be screening The Shadow of Gold, a new documentary examining the global gold trade, in partnership with the Fair Luxury Group. This will be the second screening as part of the films UK premiere. A Q&A will follow the screening.

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March 23
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Glasgow School of Art
Reid building, Principal Seminar Room 2, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow
Glasgow, G3 6RQ


The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh

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