10th November - 28th January 2007
'Ten Years On'
THE MILL IN MINIATURE

A Special exhibition and competition to celebrate
a decade of Kath Libbert Jewellery at Salts Mill.




Craftsman Magazine, Dec 2006 review of Ten Years On

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CRAFTSMAN
DECEMBER 2006

10 Years On
Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery

In 1996, Kath Libbert took the gamble of moving her fledgling jewellery business from a table-top stall in Leeds Corn Exchange to the lofty surrounds of Salts Mill in Saltaire. Ten years on she has achieved major success and is now firmly established as the region's only gallery specialising solely in contemporary jewellery, silver and metalsmithing. The '10 Years On' exhibition, which marks Kath's tenure at Salts Mill, is typically ambitious; 35 leading jewellers and designers from the UK and Europe have been invited to create a special piece of work for a competition which has the theme of 'The Mill in Miniature'. Taking inspiration from elements of Salts Mill - whether it be the architecture, the workers, the textiles produced there or Titus Salt himself, the show promises a diverse and fascinating range of responses, translated through both traditional and innovative techniques and using a wide mix of materials. '10 Years On' epitomises the approach that has made Kath's Gallery so successful. Presenting new collections of jewellery and metalsmithing in imaginative and engaging ways has become the house style. Kath has also built her business around a simple philosophy; the creation of strong, trusting relationships with both her customers and her jewellers. Many of the jewellers have had their work exhibited at the Gallery from its early days - and the growth of their careers has been entwined with the developing reputation of KLJ. Kath's keen ability to spot the best young designers each year also ensures that there is always exciting work on display from the very newest talents, alongside that of more established jewellers. The gallery regularly organises major exhibitions/jewellery projects, a number of which have been supported by funding from the Arts Council and the Crafts Council in recognition of the important role they play in showcasing the very best of British and International talent in Yorkshire and the UK.
One such example was 'Distinto/Distinct' (2002), an exchange project with Hipotesi, Barcelona's most prestigious contemporary jewellery gallery, which brought the stunning work of 6 Catalan jewellers to Salts and enabled 6 UK jewellers to not only exhibit their work in Spain, but to also travel to Barcelona for the exhibition preview and to participate in talks and workshops. In 2005, Gallery visitors were invited to 'Follow Me', tracing the progression of seven jewellers and metal smiths who have been supported by KLJ since their graduation; their inspirations and techniques were revealed in a lively documentary which was shown throughout the exhibition. Jenifer Wall was one of the designers whose work featured in 'Follow Me' and she says: "Having met Kath very soon after graduating, KLJ became the first gallery to show my work and 10 years on it remains a hugely important and successful outlet for my collections. Participating in 'Follow Me' made me pause and reflect on the way my designs have developed and the directions I have taken. This is typical of the relationship that Kath has with designers - encouraging you, provoking you and involving you and her enthusiasm is unerring."

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm. Weekends 10am - 6pm. Email:info@kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk