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Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 10 July 2003 review of 'Great Yorkshire Talent'

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HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER
10 July 2003

Just plastic fantastic
Lindley designer Julie Ann Seaman makes jewellery from old scrubbing brushes and knitting needles. JENNY PARKIN talked to her

JULlE Ann Seaman is on a mission - to make jewellery fun.
The 31-year-old designer, who lives in Lindley, trained in traditional jewellery making in Dundee. But she got bored with ordinary gold and silver, and began to work in plastic. She says: "It's only recently that people have been able to see the value and workmanship of plastic jewellery.
"I use Perspex acrylic, layering up colours such as orange, yellow, turquoise and red, and carving into it."
Julie, who comes from Leeds, has also taken great influence from her travels to India and Nepal in her work. And her imagination is often sparked by more humdrum things. Julie says: "I love to recycle old, coloured knitting needles in my work, and wood.
"I went to Wilkinson's and bought lots of scrubbing brushes, to use the bristles."
Julie moved to her home in Savile Road to be nearer to her studio at Dean Clough, Halifax.
Pieces from latest collection, Fur And Feather, are on show and for sale at Kath Libbert Jewellery, Salt's Mill, Saltaire, Bradford, until August 31. Julie is one of 13 jewellers to be featured in the Great Yorkshire Talent exhibition, which moved to the Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate this week.
People who attended voted for their favourite pieces - and Julie's came joint second, hence the rosette she's wearing.
Participants were asked to take inspiration from the show when they designed their collections. Julie, who teaches part time at Leeds Art College, says: "Lots of people had cattle and horses in mind but I concentrated on pigeons, chickens and rabbits. "I've made earrings in the shape of carrots. "I wanted to have a bit of fun, it's good to bring humour into jewellery."

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
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