Environment & Ethics
My subject matter is the natural world, and our relationship with it; the materials I use are chosen and combined to challenge and explore that relationship. Central to my practice is to work in as an environmentally and ethically responsible way as possible, and I have been doing my best to do so for many years; however, I feel now that it is important to actually explain what that means in my practice, to be transparent, hence this page. As with our food and clothes, and everything that we buy and consume, we should expect art to be made sustainably. In my practice this is an on-going process of changes and improvements, of keeping a look-out for new ways of reducing my carbon footprint. I will up-date this page regularly.
- Electricity supplier: Octopus, 100% renewable
- Silver: As of 2019 100% recycled
- Gold leaf: Supplied by Gold Leaf Supplies who in turn are supplied by Giusto Manetti who source gold from mines in certified conflict free countries: Supplier’s declaration. I don’t feel that this is sufficient and have asked Manetti’s to source gold from Fairtrade mines, I await news. Once I have used the leaf I have in stock, I will no longer use gold leaf until there is a Fairtrade supply.
- Other metals and materials: Recycled, pre-used, natural, responsibly sourced.
- Annealing, soldering and cutting: I currently use propane and acetylene gas, but as sparingly as possible. I am using more cold connections and finding new ways to work which do not require using a gas torch.
- Chemicals: non-toxic, minimal use, responsible disposal
- Packaging: bio-degradable, recyclable
- Transport: carbon neutral couriers
- Banking: Triodos
- Web browser: Ecosia
Member of Making Design Circular, a free community for designers and makers who want to become more sustainable and embrace the circular economy.
I am a signatory to the objectives of Culture Declares Emergency