11th November - 31st January 2005
'Czech It Out'
Jewellery and Sculpture from
The Czech Republic

Crafts, November 2004 review of Czech It Out

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In the years since the Czech Republic became an independent state following the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the overthrow of Soviet style Communism, there has been a new flowering of the applied arts. New Czech jewellery design tends to be playfully organic, drawing on a shared cultural past, but also subverting it. Czech It Out, a new exhibition at Saltaire's Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, showcases work that has never been seen in the UK before. Thirteen artists from the Czech Republic display work ranging from jewellery to larger sculptural pieces created from materials as diverse as bone, string, glass, plastic, fishing bait and credit cards - along with the precious metals and garnets of traditional jewellery - and many are characterised by a surprising inventiveness and humour. Standout pieces include knitted wire sculptures, masks and puppets by Blanka Sperkova; an insect brooch made from a plastic fly swat, accessorised with plexiglass and Bohemian garnets by Petr Vogel; and Katerina Jancarova's mobile jewellery pieces - cubes, cones and cylinders billed as 'independent objects' that can be worn attached by a simple pin. LH
Czech It Out is at the Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Victoria Road, Saltalre B018 3LB (01274) 599790 until 31 January 2005.

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA. Tel/Fax 01274 599790. For directions see About Us
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