Hume Atelier was founded in 2008 by Kevin Hume and Genevieve Ennis. Together they collaborated on design and worked extensively in international mining policy, with a focus on eliminating conflict minerals and supporting artisanal miners.
Since 2006, Genevieve and Kevin have consulted on the development and launch of Fairtrade Fairmined gold. They have collaborated with the US State Department, the US Agency for International Development, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. They have presented on artisanal mining at the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations. Kevin and Genevieve have worked with miners, government, community leaders and professors in South America and Africa, and have taught ethical sourcing in design at the Pratt institute and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Hume Atelier collaborated on EXTRACTION, the award winning Canadian Exhibition of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. A 9oz solid gold Fairmined mining stake, constructed by Hume Atelier, was the centerpiece of the multimedia exhibition which explored the relationship between colonialism, First Nations and the Canadian global resource empire.
Kevin is the principal goldsmith and gemologist of Hume Atelier.