17th July – 28th Sept 2008

NOW & THEN
Antique meets Contemporary


Three penguin brooch in gold and turquoise with rubies for eyes, c1950 Italian - £3,500.
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The Lighter Side
Jewellery designed to make you smile! Felieke van der Leest combines her training as a gold and silversmith, her childhood love of crochet and needlework and her passion for animals (she grew up next to a zoo) to create her colourful, surreal jewellery. Little plastic animals are adorned with tiny crocheted clothes and their own jewels or embellishments – from Emperor Penguin Freddie adorned with a Polar Bear Claw pendant, to a lion cub with a gold saucepan hat and an extravagant gold ruff for a mane, or the mother polar bear having a baby! Felieke also makes quirky crocheted charm bracelets, which are shown alongside their antique equivalent, traditionally hung with charms to remind the owner of happy times or holidays.Lindsey Mann’s childhood was spent surrounded by her dad’s deconstructed collection of gadgets and mechanical or motorized ‘things’ – bits of which crept into the house and mingled with everyday belongings. This influence can be seen in her charming brooches and necklaces, which combine patterned aluminium, precious metals and found materials; some are ‘nonsensical mechanical inventions’, all of them, she hopes, trigger vague or familiar memories. For David Bielander, ‘wearers of jewellery move in the open, they are the exhibitions, they replace the wall, they are part of the work’. His ‘jewellery’ takes the shape of lips, a pearl pig, scampi polonaise or shiny black slugs – to be worn as and where the wearer chooses. Light, humorous, spontaneous – his aim through his work is to ‘provoke astonished reactions, make signals, create wonder, or simply make someone smile’.
Examples of antique jewellery based on animal forms show the lighter-hearted side of life in the past – with fun pieces such as the owl, penguin and zebra brooches shown here.

Now & Then runs from 17th July to 28th September 2008. Salts Mill is open weekdays from 10am – 5.30pm and weekends 10am – 6pm. For further information call 01274 599790.


Artists taking part in The Lighter Side are: David Bielander; Felieke van der Leest; Lindsey Mann.
The Lighter Side Antique pieces
. Other themes: Memento Mori; Sentiment & Sex; Power & Politics.