15th July - 26th Sept 2010

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Own Art Bulletin (Arts Council England), August 16th 2010
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(Arts Council England)
16th August 2010


15 July – 26 September 2010

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Open Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm. Weekends 10am – 6pm

Curated by Kath Libbert, this exhibition of exuberant floral jewellery is an absolute must see this summer! Also featuring special pieces created in honour of famous personalities who have inspired the eight makers, it’s a fascinating showcase. 

The exhibition is themed around a subject matter which has inspired great artists and makers across time. Van Gogh’s vibrant sunflowers; Wordsworth’s golden daffodils and Georgia O’Keefe’s suggestive blossoms have all conveyed the beauty, purity and danger of the form and Libbert’s selected artists are no different.

In addition to the main bodies of work presented, the exhibition has a playful aspect in the form of I’m into.., where Libbert has asked each artist to create a special floral tribute to a famous individual who has inspired them.

For example, up-and-coming British jeweller, Mikaela Lyons has created a sumptuously colourful collaged body sculpture in honour of Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine - ‘The piece encompasses ideas of woman, mother nature and empowerment.’

Ana Hagopian from Barcelona presents Campanula, a delicately beautiful tribute to Cate Blanchett - a myriad of purple paper blossoms that sit gracefully on the body.

German maker, Ines Schwotzer, is inspired by nature and uses traditional lace-making techniques to shape steel wire into floral forms and textures that express growing and fading, opening and closing, frailty and tightness. For this project, she has chosen Van Gogh as her inspirational person and has of course made the most exquisite sunflower!

Don’t miss the opportunity to find out what the other floral feasts for the eyes are by visiting the show in person! Own Art is available to use at Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery!

Exclusive Collectors Event –
21 September 2010

An exclusive Collectors Event will take place on 21st September 2010, at the gallery. Joanna Hardy, former head of jewellery at Sotherby’s and jewellery expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, will discuss the symbolic use of the flower in jewellery through the ages. Mikaela Lyons, one of the featured makers in the exhibition, will also talk personally about her creative process.

To book your place please contact the gallery on 01274 599790 or email

Picture Caption: Ines Schwotzer, Sunflower Brooch, for Van Gogh, traditional lace-making techniques and steel wire 

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.