1st July - 31st August 2003
'Great Yorkshire Talent'
A celebration of local contemporary jewellery and a design competition inspired by the Great Yorkshire Show

Metro, 1 July 2003 review of 'Great Yorkshire Talent'

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1 July 2003

A county show of design
Great Yorkshire Talent

If the thought of spending the afternoon admiring all things agricultural at the Great Yorkshire Show is a bit green welly for you, then the take on country matters from 13 of the region's jewellery designers could be more up your street. Taking categories from the show such as Housewives' Choice Cattle Competition and Wool On The Hoof, as their themes, the 12 jewellery designers and textile artist showing in Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery's Great Yorkshire Talent exhibition have each produced a competition piece.
With the category names as a guide, and the only limitations being the size of the piece (lOxlO cm) and a selling price of under 200, the designers have taken inspiration from sources as disparate as vintage agricultural equipment, bees and the Yorkshire landscape. The pieces range from literal interpretations to work that veers into more abstract realms. Exceptional designs include Fiona Mackay's beautiful choker, Flowers, which features an intricate ball of enamelled blooms, and Genevieve Broughton's honeycomb ring (above).
The most attention-grabbing pieces, though, are Halifax-based Sara TunstaIl's pair of silver sheep brooches (left). Tunstall, who grew up in Calderdale's sheep-farming area, usually makes pared-down, minimalist jeweIlery, but applied similar techniques to the creation of wittily cartoon-like beasts with stylised rectangular bodies.
Showing alongside the competition pieces are collections by each of the featured designers. To further reinforce the link between art and agriculture, the pieces will be displayed in the Art Pavilion of the Great Yorkshire Show between July 8 and 10.
Tina Jackson
Today until Aug 31, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Victoria Road, Saltaire, daily 10am to 6pm, free. Tel: 01274 599790.

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