Celebrating Twenty Years at Salts Mill
20/20
A Fantastical Array of International Art Jewellery

14th July - 25th Sept 2016

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Autumn 2016

20/20 Vision
Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery Celebrates 20 years at Salts Mill Yorkshire

Rachel Brame

The Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery presents '20/20', a collection of art jewellery from international designer-makers to celebrate the gallery's 20 years at Salts Mill, Saltaire. As well as marking this wonderful milestone, the title wills the viewer to use their '20/20 vision' to analyse the meaning behind each piece. As with all of Kath's exhibitions, viewers are encouraged to physically interact with the pieces as much as possible by trying them on and posing for photographs. This time, viewers are invited to examine each piece and match the artist to their 'cryptic clue' for the chance to win £100 cash towards future purchases. This is a fantastic way to get people involved and talking about the work, especially those new to the artform.

'I'm street art into beating heart' was the cryptic clue for Carina Shostary's graffiti-inspired neck pieces and brooches. Taking the
scrapings of paint from graffiti-covered walls, Carina arranges the slivers into highly complex, almost floral, forms. She likens her pieces to 'fossils from another planet' where the material has been manipulated and transformed to the point where the original source is no longer identifiable.

Another interesting material manipulation came from Lucie Houdkova, a Czech artist who became inspired by the symbolism behind 'Chua', a Chinese applied art of carving in red lacquer. Her twisting organic shapes are achieved by layering and hardening paper tape and thus creating delicate but robust pieces.

A master of his specific medium was Christophe Straube, whose exquisite enamelling skills cleverly brought his sketch-1 ike 2D 'drawings' into the 3D world.

On the conceptual side, two designer-makers really stood out. One was another Czech artist leading in her field, Klara Sipkova, whose bold, minimalistic brooches depicted the stages of a lunar eclipse. The clean lines and precision of each piece made them striking as an art piece as well as extremely wearable. Klara is the first jeweller to utilise Barrisol Foil into her pieces and paired with the stainless steel brooch backs has produced a sleek, almost futuristic collection.

Another was Akiko Kurihara whose playful designs could not be fully appreciated encased in glass. The lovely assistant was only too happy to release them to perform what can only be described as a magic trick! A necklace where the chain would change colour as you pull it was a highlight, along with the humorous 'Mine's a Pint!' necklace where a tiny glass was filled with an ombre chain that mimicked our beloved beverage.

The exhibition opened on the 14th of July and ends on the 25th of September. With 16 other talented artists' collections on display, the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, which is situated in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, it is well worth a visit this summer with partners, family and friends.

Pics: Carina Shostary- Heart Tree necklace.
Lucie Houdkova brooch

 

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