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‘Fairtrade Gold’ Jeweller Exhibits in Clitheroe

Crafting change
Crafting Change – Platform Gallery information assistant Katherine McMahon.
Published Monday, 25 February 2019

One of the world’s first ‘Fairtrade gold’ jewellers is exhibiting her work at Clitheroe’s award-winning Platform Gallery.

Crafting Change showcases new and innovative approaches to sustainable making, and features the work of ethical jeweller Ute Decker, who is considered one of the UK’s top jewellers and has exhibited throughout the world.

Ute’s unique creations are crafted from 100 per cent recycled silver or Fairtrade gold sourced from the Sotrami mining cooperative in rural Peru.

Platform Gallery coordinator Andrea Westall said: “The textile, metal and precious stone industries are some of the most polluting in the world, while the mining and shipping of raw materials for ceramics creates a massive carbon footprint. 

“Some craftworkers are responding through the thoughtful and considered use of materials and making methods, while others use their work as a way of asking questions about our relationship with items and why we make and buy them.

“In this current climate, where we are all too aware of the environmental damage caused by overuse of materials, this exhibition positively promotes makers who are finding solutions, while creating objects that bring joy.” 

Local craftworkers complementing the exhibition include Clitheroe artist Jane Nolan, who makes unique items from redundant bike parts, and textile designer Kate Schofield, who hand-spins and felts fleeces direct from local farms, does not use dye, sources embellishments from charity shops and vintage markets, and makes buttons from Morecambe Bay driftwood.

Crafting Change, which runs at the popular Station Road gallery until March 30, is part Art Unpacked, a series of touring exhibitions created by North Yorkshire arts organisation Chrysalis Arts.

The Platform Gallery and Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre is a one-stop shop for visitors and art and craft enthusiasts, with the latest information on events and accommodation, a shop selling maps, souvenirs and craftwork by local and national artists, and a gallery exhibiting the best contemporary art.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, and further details are available on 01200 425566.

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