12th Nov - 31st Jan 2010

Benchpeg Bright/Light review

the benchpeg newsletter Issues 140 & 141: November 2009
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the benchpeg newsletter
Issues 140 & 141: November 2009

28.1 Bright / Light - An Exhibition of Contrasts, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery - Salts Mill, Saltaire
Introducing work by Ten New Graduates (and Two Nearly New!) The twinkling lights and shiny baubles of Christmas may be appearing in the shops and on the high streets, but a new exhibition at the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, is set to outshine them all!
Bright/Light is a showcase of work by ten sparkling new graduates and two highly talented ‘nearly new’ designers - both from the prestigious Masters course at London’s Royal College of Art.
Lina Peterson is a Swedish, experimental jewellery artist who is quickly gathering a strong international reputation; her bright, colourful brooches are playful ‘jigsaw puzzles’ in wood, textiles, silver and plastic. In contrast, Jahyun Rita Baek crafts gently moving geometric disks of light-reflecting acrylic into elegant necklaces and earrings.
Refusing to be outshone, the work of the ten new designers presents a mix of bright, bold exuberance of plastic, textiles, crystals and gemstones, shown alongside lovely light, quietly beautiful pieces in silver, creamy enamel and reclaimed ivory.
Claire Knox-Bentham creates startling scarlet and orange ‘dripping’ plastic necklaces and wall hangings, which are full of intricate faces, skulls and fish bones! Holly Edwards’ oxidised silver and iron neckpieces, arm pieces and brooches are huge, yet delicate, ethereal, yet strong – each moving strand is tipped with sharp red accents.
Festival-inspired, vividly coloured aluminium rings and bangles with interchangeable parts by Deana Baker sit alongside Hanni Ramsay’s sculptural, organic silver rings and Shona MacSween’s cute, crystal-studded creatures, resembling gargoyles, little brooches to wear on your shoulder, as companions and protectors!
Collections with a lighter touch include Lydia Feast’s pale enamel brooches set in silver, some with delicate etching of grasses and bestowed with enigmatic titles such as 'Moments In Between', 'Silence', and 'Chaos and Calm'. Dramatic, textured silver cuffs by Kerri Strachan are inspired by folds of fabric, whilst the shadows cast by shapes as mundane as milk bottles are the unlikely starting point for Jamie Price - fleeting plays of light are reflected in her intricate 'drawings' in silver wire, crafted into elegant, wearable brooches.
Beautifully sophisticated necklaces and brooches by Jen Brown explore surface pattern using enamel and gemstones and, finally, Ivy Nixon reflects the life and loves of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, as she hangs interchangeable ‘attachments’ - a cross, a tiny, silver-tipped pencil, a vial holding a blade of grass - to a piano key brooch, creating ‘the ultimate adulteress’ companion’.
Alongside Bright/Light there’s a further dash of dramatic glamour with a Black & Gold showcase; four gorgeous collections of eminently wearable jewellery created from inky jet and black silver with golden highlights. Just perfect for ‘decorating’ yourself this Christmas!
Bright/Light runs from the 12th November 2009 to 31st January 2010 at: Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
Salts Mill is open weekdays from 10am – 5.30pm and weekends 10am – 6pm.
For further information call:
[t] 01274 599790

Neckpiece, Holly Edwards
Now showing at Bright / Light - An Exhibition Kath Libbert Jewellery

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.