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EXPO ‘Fantastical’ – Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Bradford (UK) – 3 Oct.-13 Nov. 2011

« Fantastical » brings together the work of two very well known jewellers: Frances Wadsworth-Jones and Xavier Monclus and also includes exciting work by two new graduates, Wenhui Li and Sophie Castle.


Central St Martins graduate Wenhui Li creates fresh and fantastical ring structures that combine diverse and sometimes surprising materials in a painterly way, creating spectacular and extraordinary organic forms.

Brand new jewellery label Sophie Castle’s Year of the Rabbit collection is pure whimsical English eccentric: laser cut rabbit or mustachioed spectacle designs in rose or yellow gold plate.

Wadsworth-Jones’ comical yet subversive miniature creatures can be worn on the finger or the lapel while internationally renowned Barcelona based jewellery artist Xavier Monclus’ fanciful surrealist inventions appropriate pictures and objects from a childhood world (are they jewellery to play with or toys to wear?).
Xavier Moncluscarrot and rabbit brooch
- silver, wood, laminated paper, plastic and enamel paint.
Wenhui Li – Yellow ring in Fimo, thread, resin and acrylic
Sophie Castle – ‘Rabbit Family’ gold plated set of rings.
Frances Wadsworth-Jones -‘Thieves’ ring in gold with oxidised silver ants




Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery
Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA.
Tel/Fax 01274 599790.


Bijoux made in « CACALAND » ………….. !!!

 made in « CACALAND » ………….. !!!
Je vous laisse libre à vous d’humer … la tendance !  ;-)

Bijoux made in
Märta Mattsson (SE) – ‘Oh deer’ (tan estilizada es la caca de venado que parece faceteada??) (perles du collier moulées d’après des crottes de cerf ….)
Sophie Hanagarth -  « Médaille merdeuse » 2008
Collection « Bijou sur le corps, une nature morte? » – 2000/2008 -  2 Broches Tôle d’acier (boîte de conserve), cuir, acier

Sophie Hanagarth - Vermines, broches, acier inox, fer-blanc, 2001-  -Vermins, brooch, stainlesssteel, tin can, 2001- Sophie Hanagarth - Vermines, broches, acier inox, fer-blanc/Vermins, brooch, stainlesssteel, tin can – 2001

« Extension, prolongation, parasites of the body, these jewels are a hymn of our material lives, between power, social identity and belief charge. These jewels are made of an association of popular image, highlighting the relationship with the body . Two oilcans as balls are an association of a wood nodule and the oilcan shape, connected by a wire they hang directly between the legs as a soap or lubricating boxes.«
Claire Baloge (FR) -  Camel dung, gold leaf, silk (collier en crottes de chameau … j’adore !!)

I have chosen to use camel dung, because  it’s shape and color. Although the use of camel dung in jewelry may provoke it also links: in those (not so) far-away countries, many people are still using these animals, and their excrement, in daily life, while some others, a few miles away , are smoking the cigars of the oil business. I have chosen to use gold because gold is the referential measurement on which the whole world economy is founded. It remains a major symbol for jewelry, almost everywhere around the world. While camels are traditionally emblems of the noble class, in the nomad society, a clear mark of wealth and importance. It seems to be two different temporalities, which are still sharing the same space, coexisting in the same territories.(Claire Balogeexpo ‘I care a lot’)
Frances Wadsworth Jones (UK) - collection called « Heaven Sent »  – …. yes…. Bird shit…that’s exactly what it is.   

Thomasin Durgin - crotte de chien peinte et 'décorée' !!
Thomasin Durgin – « ring_a_day challenge » – pearl and rhinestone encrusted dog poo
(crotte de chien peinte et ‘décorée’ !!)
« I found the poo and decided to put a coat of paint on it so that it would be dry for tomorrow. Then I put on two more coats of paint. Then I found the rhinestones in some old beading supplies and I was so enthralled that before I knew it the damn thing was made« 

Nicola Scholz - Necklace: Untitled 2011 - Horse Manure, gold -  yes, it's ..........Nicola Scholz - necklace- 2011 – Horse Manure, gold
Piero Manzoni in 1961 « merda d’Artista »
(merci à Christophe Burger pour sa contribution à ce post ! :-) …)

Halász Előd (HU) - HOLY SHIT  brooch Halász Előd (HU) – HOLY SHIT brooch


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