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07/01/2014

Pour vivre heureux, vivons caché ….

« Un bijou peut se porter ostensiblement, mais on peut aussi vouloir le cacher. Sa préciosité devient alors un “trésor” que seuls connaissent celui ou celle qui le porte, celui ou celle qui l’a inventé. On rejoint là une idée chère aux dandys des temps anciens qui portaient des baleines en or dans leur col de chemise. Des artistes contemporains ont développé cette conception et créé leurs propres histoires. Un bijou, c’est essentiellement la présence de l’autre sur soi, transmis d’un patrimoine familial ou cadeau d’un être aimant. L’artiste peut décider de nommer bijou un objet et lui donner ce statut. Ainsi, comme le souligne Marie-Ange Guilleminot, on pourrait imaginer de donner ce statut au parfum d’un savon, qui devient ainsi parure-présence éphémère entre deux êtres complices. Virginie Bois l’a conçu avec de la fumée ou de la glace ………  [dans] une oeuvre qu’elle a réalisée il y a cinq ans pour un mariage. On lui avait commandé un bijou. Elle a alors proposé une feuille d’or qu’on applique sur la peau. Ce bijou ne vit que s’il est porté. Il change jusqu’à disparaître complètement. Seul le temps le vole inéluctablement. C’est une préciosité qu’on ne peut garder, un bijou qu’on oublie aussitôt après avoir choisi où l’appliquer. La feuille agit, impliquant naturellement une attitude de dignité devant ce qui est un symbole, une idée, une histoire. Seul le regard de l’autre révèle sa présence. L’art vous va si bien… » Marc Pottier

Le MAITRE de ce jeu de cache-cache étant bien sur Otto Künzli !

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Otto Kunzli, Otto Künzli  Bracelet: Gold Makes Blind 1980  Gold, rubber  Photo: © VG BildKunst 2013Otto Künzli – « Gold Makes You Blind », gold, rubber, 1980 – a ball of gold encased in a black rubber bangle – INVISIBLE !

Marta Mattson - “Black Beetle” FlourishRing in copper, pearls, lacquer and resin 600£ Marta Mattson – “Black Beetle” FlourishRing in copper, pearls, lacquer and resin

Marta Mattson.  brooch made out of walnut wood, beetle, cubic zirconias, resin, lacquer and silver.Marta Mattsson brooch – made out of walnut wood, beetle, cubic zirconias, resin, lacquer and silver.

Etsuko Sonobe  Necklace  18-karat gold, pearls  http://etsukosonobe.comEtsuko Sonobe  Necklace  18-karat gold, pearls 
Nick Dong Ring - vivre caché .....
Nick Dong Ring – vivre caché …..
For the Ancestors. 2008. Ring. 18k gold, plastic, sapphire, aquamarine, Lawrence WoodfordLawrence Woodford - For the Ancestors. 2008. Ring. 18k gold, plastic, sapphire, aquamarine

 Alan Revere - "implosion" ring - gold, diamondsAlan Revere – « implosion » ring – gold, diamonds  inside out idea Ball Track bangle - Sean O'Connell -    Stainless steel, ruby ball bearingsSean O’Connell – Ball Track bangle -     Stainless steel, ruby ball bearings

Sam-Tho Duong – The Magic of GingerSam-Tho Duong – The Magic of Ginger – brooch in silver and nylon with dyed coral stones
Sam Tho Duong - brooch from "ginger" collection Sam Tho Duong – brooch from « ginger » collection

lia di gregorioLia Di Gregorio Bracelet « Pearls inside » in brushed yellow gold and white pearls.

Tina Chow designed bracelet - woven basketry with, inside, "free" rough stones ....Tina Chow designed bracelet – woven basketry with, inside, « free » rough stones …. free … and hide
The Rattle ring. Clever design with inside compartments for eight diamonds that will rattle inside the ring when worn - by john ReinholdJohn Reinhold – The Rattle ring -  inside compartments for eight diamonds that will rattle inside the ring when worn
kathy frey: sculptural wire jewelry - Floating Pearl BangleKathy Frey – Floating Pearl Riverstone Bangle 2011

KJL jet bangleKJL (Kenneth J Lane) jet bangle

Ring | G.Kabirski. Gold, sapphires and diamonds G.Kabirski -  Ring – Gold, sapphires and diamonds

 

Les boucles d'oreilles de Melanie Georgacopoulos

Melanie Georgacopoulos earrings

15/11/2011

EXPO ‘TRACES: Rust, Dust & Belly Button Fluff’ – Kath Libbert Gallery, Saltaire (UK) – 17 Nov. 2011-29 janv. 2012

TRACES: Rust, Dust & Belly Button FluffTen New Graduates finding beauty in hidden places

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Traces brings together the work of ten new graduates who find beauty in things brushed aside, in intimate ephemeral moments, in smallness, in lost objects, in things that are hidden and secret; creating jewellery that is in turn delicate, dramatic and distinctive.

Says Kath Libbert,
I always find curating the New Graduate Exhibition very exciting. For many collectors, this annual show has become their first sight of work by jewellers who often then go on to become renowned offering a wonderful opportunity to be the first to invest in the talents of the future.

Rust
Using subtly coloured enamels on copper Nicola Roberson’s brooches explore the ageing process, the way paint chips and metal rusts and the patterns they leave behind. Mirjana Smith’s quirky ‘teapots’ are made of rusting vintage tins sourced from charity shops, boot sales and auctions which she then reassembles into characterful and playful constructions.

Dust
Victoria Kelsey’s ‘Precious Grime’ collection is inspired by the marks and traces of age left behind on forgotten jewellery and where dust and dirt has settled she gold plates, literally transforming dirt into precious trails of ‘Gold dust’!

Belly Button Fluff
Michelle Oh is fascinated by the minutiae of intimate relationships. She takes impressions of her loved ones laughter lines, ‘designer stubble’ and even belly buttons casting them into precious permanent silver jewels which embody the memories attached to those moments. She also offers a bespoke service.

From discarded human hair Kerry Howley weaves the most intricate necklaces which play on the attraction and aversion qualities we attribute to hair, creating beautiful pieces from a material usually swept up and thrown away.

The exhibition also includes work by Samantha Hesford, whose joyfully coloured necklaces look like exotic corals. Nicola Mather’s delicate jewellery is inspired by the ephemera of seedheads, pods and dandelion clocks, while Esme Newdick’s latex collars are decorated with patterns reminiscent of those used for scarification in African tribes. Bryony Stanford’s ‘Crushed’ collection takes inspiration from tin cans, discarded, squashed forms that in her hands are transformed into elegant bangles and brooches. Finally Rachel Jones takes a uniquely personal approach to jewellery collecting emotional stories of lost items of jewellery to inspire fresh pieces which contain ‘Traces’ of the original.

 

Also presenting GLITZ – A Glamorous Christmas Showcase starring Elsa Sarantidou, Greece, Josef Koppmann, Germany/UK,  Kate Wood, UK, and Melanie Ankers , UK. Precious pieces with a twist, from Elsa’s flowing wave inspired rings and bracelets encrusted with sparkling diamonds, sapphires and rubies, to Josef’s bold architectural rings and cufflinks set with the most gorgeous carefully selected gems. Kate’s delicate organic collection of jewellery is inspired by blossoms, berries and barnacles, glistening rich clusters of rubies, sapphires and pearls that cascade elegantly, the perfect adornment for that LBD! And for a touch of total glamour, the new Shimmer collection by Melanie, a myriad of delicate silver strands each tipped in rich 24ct gold is stunning!

 

We hope you can join us from 6pm on Thursday 17th November for the opening, refreshments will be served, and we are offering 15% Discount on any work bought on the opening night!

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Nicola Roberson  ‘Valley Road 4’- Brooch enamel on copper

Nicola Roberson is intrigued by the ‘ageing’ process: the way that paint chips, that metal rusts and the patterns it leaves behind. Experimenting with enamels on copper, she creates brooches inspired by photographs that study the natural appearance of rust. She uses the colours and abstract shapes found within these images to inform the surface patterns and form of her work

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Victoria Kelsey ‘Precious Grime’ Onyx necklace in Onyx and 18ct gold plate, detail

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Michelle Oh ‘Hand’- Brooch in silver and turquoise thread

Michelle Oh is an Indonesian designer/maker based in East London. Her work is often inspired by the quotidian and the commonplace, with a special emphasis on the relationships around her.
In this particular series (We Were Here), textures encountered within a domestic life were moulded and cast into precious permanent copies of the memories attached to them. This is her invitation for you to celebrate the everyday.

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Kerry Howley ‘Attraction/Aversion 3’- Necklace in human hair and epoxy resin

Attraction/Aversion is a material exploration of how people can feel seemingly opposing emotional responses simultaneously. The necklaces are made of human hair, a familiar material that we take pride in. However once off of the body hair becomes an innate source of aversion. Kerry wanted to see if she could make discarded hair attractive again. Through the familiar form of a necklace, and using patterns and symmetry that are instinctively pleasing, Kerry Howley has created a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer’s feelings of aversion and attraction.

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Bryony Stanford ‘Crushed and Dissected’- Brooch in gold and silver plated copper

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Bryony Stanford Gold Black Square Brooch

Bryony Stanford creates unique designs through destructive processes.
In her current body of work she focuses on the relationship between construction and deconstruction.
Simple three-dimensional shapes are transformed into intriguing, intricate wearable objects by forcefully changing their original form.
Bryony works mainly intuitively and enjoys the element of surprise innate to her process.
In contrast to this initial freedom, she pays close attention to the visual connection between the interior and exterior of the work by applying different textures and finishes.

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Samantha Hesford Pink Brooch in foam clay with powder coated casting nuggets

Samantha Hesford : « My current body of work has developed by exploring organic shapes, curves of the natural body and repeated elements within design. I have a fascination for non-precious materials particularly those materials that have a tactile quality. I like the idea of jewellery braking out the traditional role using new unusual materials. Playing around with scale challenges me and allows me to create larger scale statement pieces in which to attract the viewers attention.
I explore forms and ideas through making, the softness and curves are appealing aspects of my forms as are the texture, vibrant colour and over all composition. Each of my pieces are made entirely by hand resulting in each piece being completely unique.
I strive to create vibrant, wearable, pieces that attract the viewer’s attention.
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Rachel Jones  ‘Spare Scroll Collection’- Earring in gold plated copper with silver earring scrolls

Recently graduated from Middlesex University, Rachel Jones takes a personal approach to jewellery. Interacting with friends, family and often strangers allows Rachel to create sensitive and personal work. Her graduate collection focuses on stories of lost jewellery. Using collected tales of losing jewellery Rachel creates new pieces often involving familiar existing items of jewellery, creating a juxtaposed of the lost, unwanted, functional and the new. 

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Nicola Mather ‘Dandelion’- Pin Brooch in stainless steel

Nicola Mather is a designer jeweller maker who specialises in stainless steel structures combined with gemstones and pearls to create delicate, sculptural jewellery which is functional but unique.
The designs are often generated from interests in repetition of a single form and extensive experimentation of material. By combining linear forms with vibrant gemstones Nicola intends to mirror the delicate qualities of organic structures whilst adding her own unique style. The jewellery is beautifully intricate but deceptively resilient combining form and movement.
Nicola’s stainless steel designs can be personalised using precious metals (excluding silver) with various gemstones which are available on a commission basis.
Nicola also produces one-off sterling silver designs which are etched with her own personal prints she develops using collected seeds, mushrooms and pods as a printing tool. For more information please contact the gallery.

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Esme Newdick Latex Collar in latex, brass and zinc

Esme Newdick : « I am deeply interested in the Scarification of African Tribes. The intricate nature of the patterns inspired my work and the processes I have explored. I have created a range of collars made out of latex rubber. I utilised the latex as a medium to emulate the skin and to show it does not have to be seen as a ‘fetishist’ material. Through further development of the material, I added powdered metal to create a representation of the patterns of Scarification but also to maintain flexibility in my pieces. The unique combination of these materials allows the metal to react with the latex and this I have been able to manipulate to create different coloration.«  

 

 

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery
Salts Mill
Saltaire
BD18 3LA
UK
0044 (0)1274 599790
www.kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk
Open Daily 10 – 5.30 Mon – Fri and 10 – 6 Weekends

 

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