12th November - 31st Jan 2004
Nine New British Graduates

Metro, Nov 2004 review of Fresh
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12 NOVEMBER 2004

Fun new British designs
There's a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed feel to Fresh, an exhibition of colourfully playful work by new British design graduates. Much of the bold, bright work selected by gallery owner Kath Libbert combines childlike drollness with a confident use of themes and materials. Befitting a show at a jewellery gallery, many of the exhibits are themed around personal ornaments. Sabrina Mallem strings brightly coloured plastic buttons on silver spirals to make necklaces that look like a chic take on a collar of cheap sweets. Another lively perspective comes from Lynne Kirstin Murray. Her forest-themed pieces include Tea Party In The Trees, a fancifully eccentric sculptural ring featuring gaily enamelled birds.
Libbert has made some idiosyncratic extensions to her usual remit of showing jewellery. Cathy Miles' wall-pieces allow birds and insects to have their say, including a piece where one bird remarks to another, peering at an old man, 'oi, ned - peck him, go on, peck his pink bottom'. Suzanne McCulloch's merino fleece and recycled textiles range from red felted slippers, which look like pretty pasties, to Bagdresses and Umbrelladresses, large pieces of tactile art.
Tina Jackson

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