Friday, November 20, 2009

Urban Renaissance

My new piece "Green" is included in the exhibition
Urban Renaissance: New Visions of Jewelry and Sculpture


What is Green?
When are products truly sustainably produced?
Who or what else suffers in the process?

With the commercialization of “green” products we are left wondering where the term starts and ends, and how much of our perception is part of a marketing plan.

Many of us know what it means to practice methods of conservation, use nontoxic chemicals, buy from manufactures that do the same, purchase only “ethically” sourced stones, etc. But is every aspect of the businesses you are working with “ethical”?
Is this “green”?

“Green” is the anti “fine” jewelry, a commentary on the trend of greenwashing in the marketplace. While strikingly luxurious and opulent, 90% of the materials to make this piece were either donated or repurposed.

-Shana Astrachan, Winter 2009

This exhibition features the work of over 60 members of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area, exploring through a broad range of jewelry and sculpture what it means to live, work, dress and move in the complexity of our urban environments.
Arts &Crafts Cooperative, Inc
1652 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
Monday-Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Now through December 6, 2009
More information about The Metal Arts Guild can be found here:
And about the ACCI Gallery can be found here:
Special thank you to SCRAP in San Francisco for supplying 90% of the materials for the "Green" piece:

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