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Sustainability is foremost in the minds of many designer-makers at the moment; there has been a surge of environmentally-sustainable developments in the collections shown recently at Origin, New Designers in Islington, Pulse and Collect. Jewellers are very aware of sustainability issues, as such a large proportion of their traditional materials come from non-sustainable sources (precious stones and metals) and they have traditionally used acids, dyes, and other techniques not renowned for their eco-friendliness. This book will encourage makers to recycle and show how 'pre-loved' or traditionally throw-away materials can provide new inspiration. Includes stunning photos of the work of established and experimental jewellers from around the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780713683448
ISBN-10: 0713683449
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 189mm x 13mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-May-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Julia Manheim

Julia Manheim originally trained as a jeweller, and became well-known in the 1980s for her large-scale but light sculptural bodywear, made from materials such as painted newspaper and plastic. She is also a sculptor and installation artist with a passion for sustainability and recycled materials. She often uses discarded paper, glass, plastic, wood and metal to make her own work, and then reuses them again to create new work. Julia is Senior Lecturer on the BA Jewellery Programme at Middlesex University, where her students are encouraged to explore the concept of jewellery broadly, using materials appropriate to the idea they want to express rather than purely for the sake of convention.