20th July - 30th Sept 2007
'Wood You?'
Exciting new showcase of thirteen internationally
renowned jewellery artists working in wood.

Yorkshire Life, September 2007 review of Wood You?
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September, 2007

Art & Exhibitions By Justine Brooks
At some stage in its history Yorkshire would have been covered by forest that over the centuries has been cleared to make way for people and agricultlure. Certainly many of its trees have been the source of legend, such as the mulberry tree that grows in Wakefield Prison and is immortalised in the nursery rhyme Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush - a chant and game made up by the children of washer women who worked there.
This year Yorkshire Life readers have dedicated more than 1,000 trees to help create a new wood in the Yorkshire Dales and it seems that an appreciation of trees and wood is a major theme in art exhibitions around the county at the moment.
Andy Goldsworthy's show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an overt celebration of tree life. Back in July I mentioned an exhibition called Knock On Wood at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery in the Headrow, Leeds. The exhibition includes some stunning work in wood by artists such as Jeff Soan and Emma Lister, as well as exquisitely crafted wooden automata by sculptor and puppet maker Jan Zalud.
Kath Libbert Jewellery at Salts Mill, Saltaire, has launched an exhibition all about jewellery made of wood. Called Wood You? far from being just a collection of wooden beads, the exhibition includes work in all kinds of wood, from polished maple to curly hazel, featherweight balsa wood and cork to heavy weight oak and gnarled driftwood. Using innovative methods, makers have combined wood with materials such as crystal and pearls, incorporating embroidery and fabric as well as metals and even vintage Formica and reclamation yard finds. The work includes elegant sculptural bangles and necklaces by Mette Jensen, figurative brooches by Julia Harrison which the artist says are inspired by '...a child's pout, a furrowed brow, a flash of cleavage, a clenched fist. . . '
The arboreal theme is taken even further with an exhibition entitled Wild Wood due to open in Leeds at the end of September. This exhibition, which will contain photographic work and projections by nationally and internationally renowned artists, is curated by artist-curator Diane Howse at Leeds' newest gallery project space, PSL.

Andy Goldsworthy, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Park, Wakefield, until January 2008. Tel: 01924832631. www.ysp.co.uk

Knock on Wood. The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, until September 30th. Tel: 0113 247 8241

Wood You? Kath Libbert Jewellery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, until September 30th Tel: 01274 599790. www.kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk

Wild Wood, PSL (Project Space Leeds), Whitehall Waterfront, 2 Riverside Way, Leeds, Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon- 5pm

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