Collaboration leads to more!

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Hey Makers!

Most of the artists that I’ve met or interacted with have some questions about how their wellness is affected by the materials that they use, ventilation, etc. Since starting Wellness for Makers, I’ve thought about this a lot, but kept coming back to the fact that I focus on bodywork and movement, not chemistry. I kept imagining different ways to offer this information, but I wasn’t sure how.

Last Spring, Lucy Derickson from Ethical Metalsmith Students reached out to me to see how our organizations could potentially collaborate. I knew right away that we would be a great match. So we teamed up and started looking for schools that would be interested in conducting research to benefit our field of makers.

I am so excited to share that this awesome collaboration has come to life! We have teamed up with Ethical Metalsmiths Students and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University Australia. For the last couple of months, the third year Jewellery and Small Objects students at Griffith University have been researching materials that jewelers use in their studios every day. The topic they have selected to research this semester is Flux. What is it? Why do jewelers use it as opposed to other materials? Which brand of flux is the safest to use? Which is the worst? Which brand is the best for our health and the environment while still doing its job well?

Our team is asking ALL of the questions! And as they find answers, we will be sharing them on our blog and social media accounts. So be sure to stay connected!

If you are a jeweler/metalsmith, we need your input! Below you will find a link to a short survey on flux. This survey is part of a research project being conducted to investigate the safety and sustainability of flux.

We will close the survey on October 26th, 2018. We hope to establish which fluxes are most commonly being used, and whether the appropriate personal protective equipment is being utilized. So please share, share, share!

This survey should take approximately three minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ7ZC3F

If your school is interested in participating in a future research collaboration, please reach out! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Happy Healthy Making!

Missy



Melissa Ballone