Black Lives Matter
We're aware that it has taken us time to publicly support Black Lives Matter. As a small business, we wanted to ensure we don't just say the right things, but we do the right things as a business and make real changes to help fight against systemic racism.
The team at Ruth Tomlinson Jewellery wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter movement, and there is no doubt we want to do much more to promote and encourage greater diversity within the craft industry, and to better support communities that might not otherwise have access to it.
We have made donations to the following charities who are doing incredible work, and we are committed to doing so on an ongoing basis:
The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund: This hardship fund was set up by Kassandra Lauren Gordon to raise money specifically for 10 black Jewellers in the UK, with no-strings attached financial support and to create a report on inequality the industry. View website.
Sour Lemons - Enabling Environments: Created by Sade Banks to fight systemic racism and interrogate systems of oppression, putting the responsibility back on to organisations to change – not the individual. View website.
Arts Emergency: an award-winning mentoring charity and network, who'smission is to help marginalised young people overcome barriers to participation and success in higher education and the creative and cultural industries. View website.
If you are in a position to also donate, we really encourage you to. Donations go a long way to help support the amazing organisations and charities working with communities to make long-lasting, systemic change.
Spotlight on Black Makers:
We also want to highlight some of the incredible black artists in the craft sector that inspire us daily:
Mawuena Kattah: We love how personal and immersive Mawuena's work is; placing textiles, painting and ceramics together to create semi-domestic spaces within the galleries. We highly recommend seeing her work in person if you get the chance. View website.
Nnena Kalu: An incredibly talented artist who has channelled her instinctive and determined urge to build repeated marks into raw and intense artworks. View website.
Onome Otite: Previously a fellow resident at Cockpit Arts, Onome is an amazing Textiles Artist who creates beautiful handmade cards, products and figurative art illustrations. View website.
Ndidi Ejubia: In our eyes Ndidi is a trailblazer for her craft, creating sensual and rich forms. Through the rhythmic process of making, she believes her nature is reflected through her work. View website.
We will keep this conversation going and use our platforms to continue sharing this message. We are committed to helping drive positive change within our company and the industry as a whole.