5th July - 1st September 2002

An Exhibition of Calalan Jewellery
Part of an Exchange Project showing British work at
Hipotesi Gallery in Barcelona 13th June - 15th August '02

Leeds Guide, July 2002 review of 'Distinto-Distinct'

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July 2002

A slice of Barcelona comes to Saltaire

Jewellery by six Catalan designers comes to Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery in Saltaire this month as part of an exchange with the renowned Hipotesi Gallery in Barcelona. Xavier Ines' brooches could either be seen as "jewellery to play with or toys to wear". Designs include his Golden Retriever with Christmas tree, beach ball and toy train or his giraffe with a doll's house for a torso and palm tree for a tail.
Silvia Piva's 18ct gold neckpieces and rings encase real roses and pearls to conjure up the magic of these sensuous and precious love tokens. Grego Garcia Tabar exhibits mixedmedia neckpieces which she describes as "stories in another format [. . .] innermost stories made real". Her 'I ate it because it was mine' plays with religious iconography, almost shrine-like with its tiny white flowers and gilded frame.
Alongside this are Carmen Amador's 18ct gold and silver brooches in the form of boats, linear minimalism from Montse Marin and Milena Acosta's oxidised silver and enamel brooches and earrings inspired by "everyday corners inhabited by transitory inhabitants".
The show reveals the contrasts between contemporary British and Catalan jewellery, namely, as Maria Lluisa Sameranch (owner of Hipotesi Gallery) observes, the difference between the Britons' subtlety and sobriety and the more baroque and less restrained Hispanic designs.
4 July to 1 September, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Saltaire
Rich Jevons

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