KATH LIBBERT JEWELLERY
BRIGHT / LIGHT - AN EXHIBITION OF CONTRASTS
From 12 November to 31 January
Salts Mill is open weekdays from 10am – 5.30pm and weekends 10am – 6pm.
For further information call 01274 599790.
Kath Libbert Jewellery
Salts Mill, Victoria Road
Saltaire, BD18 3LA
BRIGHT / LIGHT is a showcase of work by ten sparkling new graduates and two highly talented ‘nearly new’ designers - both graduates of the prestigious Masters course at London’s Royal College of Art.
Kath Libbert writes: One special designer is Clare Knox-Bentham, a mature student who graduated this year from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design has developed a very unusual way of drawing with industrial glue which she then colours. She has made two huge wall/window hangings as special commissions for Bright / Light all by dripping glue. But unlike the neckpieces she creates that are abstract, these are full of amazingly drawn faces. The more you look at them the more you see! The red one is just faces in all different sizes each with their own personalities.
The other one, which is my personal favourite, is pink merging gradually into orange in colour and is full of skulls, strange prehistoric birds and fish bones!! They are truly incredible. The other thing about these hangings, which would look fantastic in a large white stairwell, is that by siting them slightly away from the wall the shadows add a whole extra dimension resembling fine drawings in wire. Anyway I was bowled over by these and they will be what really gives the Bright to the exhibition as they will be hanging full length in both the window spaces in the gallery, with white blinds behind them so as to maximize the shadows.
The web catalogue for the exhibition will be live so please visit the Kath Libbert website for full biographical details and lots of images of the collections on show.
Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery
2nd Floor, Salts Mill
TEL/FAX: 0044 (0)1274 599790
Open Daily 10 - 5.30 Mon - Fri and 10 - 6 Weekends
Jeweller, CLARE KNOX-BENTHAM writes:
This collection is a series of drawings for the body. There are echoes of the past but they exist purely in the present. The pieces are tactile and fluid, light and unobtrusive. They respond to body heat and mould to the contours of the skin.
I’m fascinated by the way that form loses its meaning and connotation when gathered together in any number, or placed in an unusual scenario. You lose the notion of the object’s function and you can concentrate on the simple beauty of the form. The object is not tainted by your idea of its functionality and you can almost see it in an abstract way – perhaps in the same way a child sees something for the first time. Your first thoughts may be about the surface or the colour rather than what the object does or can do for you.
I like the way that an object is stripped of its individuality and identity when grouped in large numbers, and the correlation this has in our society. My objects work in the same way as a swarm of bees or a colony of ants – the individual becomes unimportant, the many become the one.
My objects also have something to say about the disposability of our consumer culture. Seemingly disposable items can have another, secret life.
For a bit of recent background on the gallery please see http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/explore-craft/featured-makers/kath-libbert/ or http://www.kathlibbertjewellery.co.uk/reviews/general01.htm
Added to website: 4 November 2009