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A bold jewellery exhibition that draws inspiration from flowers shows creativity is in full bloom comes to the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery
Blossoming at the Kath Libbert Gallery in Saltaire this month are some very interesting contemporary jewellery designs - inspired by flowers and famous faces.
The exhibition of bold floral jewellery, titled I'm Into... is a celebration of the unique role flowers play as inspiration in our lives - acting as tokens love and worship as well as instruments of seduction or gifts of remembrance.
For the exhibition, eight contemporary artists created unique pieces of jewellery in honour of an inspirational famous person. The results are pieces that blur the boundaries between art, jewellery design and fashion. Described as "wearable art", the jewellery was created using a surprising range of materials and techniques, including false nails, freshwater pearls and rusted iron.
Necklaces, brooches and rings and other bits pay homage to people like Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, Gate Blanchett, Che Guevara and Van Gogh. It will be on show until 26th September at the Kath Libbert Gallery in the Salt Mills gallery at Saltaire, which is also home to the world's largest collection of work by David Hockney, born in nearby Bradford.
I'm Into... is part of a larger IntoFlora exhibition, curated by gallery-owner, Ka
th Libbert. She says: "The work of the eight artists I've chosen is truly a floral feast for the eyes!"
Inspired by: Florence Welch - singer from Florence and the Machine

The up-and-coming British jeweller Mikaela Lyons created a sumptuously - colourful collaged body sculpture in honour of the lead singer of Florence and the Machine. Mikaela says the bold necklace she made "encompasses ideas of woman, mother nature and empowerment".
Inspired by: Vincent Van Gogh - post-Impressionist painter
Ines Schwotzer's work is inspired by nature - she 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.

Inspired by: Cate Blanchett - Hollywood actress
Ana Hagopian from Barcelona made a delicate tribute to Cate Blanchett - a myriad of purple paper blossoms that sit gracefully on the body, and can be worn as a necklace.
Inspired by: Michael Pollan - American food activist and author
Natalya Pinchuk uses wool, leather, plastic and artificial hair to make fantastical jewellery installations. She created a larger- than-life piece of jewellery inspired by the American food activist and author of The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan
Inspired by: Tricia Guild - fabric designer
Selina Campbell pays homage to the interiors guru and fabric designer Tricia Guild, whose own designs feature strong floral elements. Selina incorporated dyed freshwater pearls for a splash of colour into a dahlia design - one of Tricia's favourite flowers.
Inspired by: Che Guevara - Marxist revolutionary
Japanese artist Masayuki Nagata created large blossoms from chemically rusted iron, which he then intricately decorated. He used camellia buds to form a ring and necklace in honour of Che Guevara. Masayuki says: "Like Che, I share the desire to change things."
Inspired by: Peaches - Canadian rock star
Lisa Juen chose a provocative Canadian rock star, Peaches, as her inspirational person. Lisa's pieces are provocative in the same ways — her "pussy brooch" is sure to raise eyebrows. "My fascination with light paired with the imagery of the flower, the symbol of femininity, seduction, sex and strength, found strong support and inspiration in Peaches' performance," she says.

Inspired by: Tilde Bjorfors - director of Cirkus Cirkor
Anna Atterling is a Swedish designer who made a dainty silver crown, inspired by Tilde Bjorfors, director of contemporary circus company, Cirkus Cirkor. Anna describes the crown as "light, special and sensitive, to match a queen like Tilde. She is an amazing person. She works with all her heart to make the world a better place."

The IntoFlora exhibition will also feature a collectors' event on 21st September, where Joanna Hardy, a jewellery expert from the 'Antiques Roadshow' and former head of the jewellery department at Sotheby's, will discuss the symbolic use of the flower in jewellery through the ages. Mikaela Lyons, one of the featured jewellers will talk personally about her creative process.
Until 26 September, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford, BDI8 3LA, 01274 599 790. Open Monday to Friday I0am -5.30pm. Weekends I0am -6pm.


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.