I have been speaking recently with Fiona Coull - Fiona is a fourth year Jewellery and Metalwork student at Duncan of Jordanstone.
She's studying for her dissertation and looking in to how to be an ethical jeweller, without compromising good quality design.
Fiona says, "I am researching the possibility of maintaining an ecological workshop, and rethinking jewellery practices to maintain 'green' ethics.
"Classmates and I have set aside week in September in which we will hopefully transform unwanted trinkets in to fresh, interesting new pieces of jewellery. This project aims to prove or disprove my theory that jewellery can be created to a very high standard using unorthodox materials and still prove beautiful, practical and appealing.
"DCA has agreed to exhibit final products so our local community can see the results for themselves."
Materials Fiona is looking for include: any precious/semi-precious/costume jewellery that is no longer worn or wanted by the owner. Any old cutlery, old foreign currency, badges and/or unwanted trinkets also appreciated.
All donations are very welcome - please contact Fiona at F.L.Coull@dundee.ac.uk - if you can help. Fiona hopes to arrange a couple of places in the West End where people can drop off items and I'll update the blog with these locations once they are arranged.