1st July - 31st August 2003
'Great Yorkshire Talent'
A celebration of local contemporary jewellery and a design competition inspired by the Great Yorkshire Show



Halifax Evening Courier, 30 June 2003 review of 'Great Yorkshire Talent'

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HALIFAX EVENING COURIER
30 June 2003

Jewel designer vies for top rosette
Sara's aiming to be best in show!

JEWELLERY designer Sara Tunstall is competing for the honour of "best in show" this week at the Great Yorkshire Show in miniature.
Sara, of John Street West, Sowerby Bridge, is one of 13 designers vying for a rosette at an un-usual competition, "Great Yorkshire Talent", which is inspired by the Harrogate show.
The exhibition is based at the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, and the collection of quirky pieces will also be on display in the Art Pavillion at the Great Yorkshire Show between July 8 and 10.
Each designer has created a collection of new work and a special one-off piece based on the show's judging categories. These novel designs will be under scrutiny on Tuesday, the opening day, with a prize being awarded to the piece chosen as "best in show".
For Sara, it was a chance to use the techniques she uses in her mainstream designs to create a humorous piece - two delightful cartoon-like silver sheep brooches - a ewe and her lamb.
She said: "In the last year or so Kath's exhibitions have been mostly of European work and so we kind of liked the idea of refocussing on local designers.
"Quite a few of the jewellers in the exhibition we carry anyway," she said. "We asked them to create a new collection and one piece that took inspiration from the Great Yorkshire Show.
"We suggested categories and asked them to look on the show's website for ideas," said Sara who works at the gallery and organised the exhibition along with Kath herself.
"And because my work is quite simple and I don't do figurative work at all it was fun to do something different and unusual."
Gallery owner Kath Libbert said: "We wanted our next show to be firmly focused on the best of local talent. We then had the idea of forming a link with the Great Yorkshire Show, which is so well known for celebrating the county's agricultural achievements. "I liked the idea of creating connections between 'art' and 'agriculture' and we are now eagerly awaiting the judging."
As well as the sheep brooches, the former Ryburn Valley High School student has created a collection of solid silver chokers, earrings, cuffiinks, bangles and rings, set with smooth pebbles she picked up on the beach. Prices range from 88 to 160.
The gallery is open seven days a week and the exhibition runs until August 31. Pieces in the competition will be for sale after the exhibition closes and can also be commissioned. For more information call 01274 599790.

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