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Added to website: 1 November 2012
Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery at Salts Mill presents:

Out The Blue
Nine Electric New Talents

15th November 2012 – 27th January 2013

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3LA
Tel/Fax 01274 599790  Open Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm. Weekends 10am – 6pm.

‘It’s great, …. having someone from beyond the world of academia select your work makes you feel like there’s some sort of real purpose for it, that it has a place in the outside world.’

So says Joanna Hemsley, one of the new graduates that Libbert has hand picked from the Royal College of Art to take part in Out The Blue, the gallery’s annual new graduate exhibition. Joanna has already received the accolade of winning the prestigious 2012 Theo Fennell Award judged ‘Best Work in Jewellery’ by Carol Woolton Jewellery Editor of Vogue, Theo Fennell and Janet Street-Porter for her innovative ‘Reflex’ collection.

Jewellery exists both on and off the body and ‘Reflex’ focuses on the journey between these two states injecting surprise and delight for the wearer as the seemingly static pieces burst into life the instant they are picked up! ‘Reflex’ is a technically brilliant collection incorporating intricate mechanisms which animate her brooches and rings.

Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, which in 2012 celebrates sixteen years at Salts Mill, has selected and exhibited the work of new graduates since its inception. In numerous cases these emerging talents have gone on to gain wide acclaim for their work, and many continue to be represented by the gallery. Featured in The Times, The Times Luxx Magazine and in many other publications, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery is recommended as a key gallery to visit worldwide in a recently published Thames & Hudson book ‘Collect Contemporary Jewellery’ by Joanna Hardy, BBC Antiques Roadshow expert and former Senior Jewellery Specialist and Auctioneer at Sotheby’s.

For Out The Blue Kath Libbert has selected nine new BA and MA graduates from all over the UK: ‘Spotting and then supporting the work of cutting edge new graduates has always been extremely central to the ethos of the gallery. Forging a career straight out of college is really challenging. Now, more than ever, it is vital to exhibit and encourage these incredibly talented jewellers at this formative stage in their careers. In this Olympic year we think we can spot a winner….the gold medalists of the future!’

Just like this year’s graduates, renowned goldsmith Jacqueline Mina, who has won the Jerwood prize for Applied Arts and this year received an OBE for services to Art, started out on her jewellery career over 40 years ago after graduating from the Royal College of Art. She is now exhibited and collected worldwide with pieces in the Victoria & Albert Museum and in the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Currently represented by Libbert she says:

‘Galleries such as Kath Libbert Jewellery play a very important role in the career of the new graduate because they educate and encourage their clients and can also advise budding jewellers to go in a certain direction. With her background in psychology, I think that Kath is particularly good at tuning in to new designers who are prepared to take risks in their own careers, people who will stick it out. Knowing this, collectors have confidence in who Kath selects to be in the gallery’s exhibitions. A new graduate exhibition such as Out The Blue allows collectors to spot someone right at the start and then follow them throughout their career.’

The Nine New Graduates that Libbert Tips for Gold are:

Francesca FlynnFrancesca Flynn, Glasgow School of Art, whose sparkling crystalline collection epitomizes the title of the exhibition, Out The Blue, explores the facets of natural and constructed crystals creating vibrant jewellery.

Mariko SumiokaEdinburgh College of Art graduate Mariko Sumioka is inspired by the natural materials used in Japanese architecture and creates elegant pieces that interact sculpturally with the human body.
Joanna HemsleyJoanna Hemsley, RCA, London, makes playful, mobile pieces that surprise and delight by revealing hidden elements.
Cristina ZaniCristina Zani, Edinburgh College of Art, creates striking, erudite work inspired by her travels in Seoul and the writings of Italo Calvino.
Amy LoganAmy Logan, Sheffield Hallam University, creates pieces which play with concepts of space, containing and encircling it with elegant swirls of finely curved coloured metal.
Heather WoofHeather Woof, Edinburgh College of Art, forms windswept looking pieces from the hardest of metals - titanium and steel, not normally used to express movement as they are so very difficult to work with. Very much inspired by the wild Scottish weather she experienced whilst studying in Scotland!
Nabla PallAlso an Edinburgh graduate, Nabla Pall’s work is joyfully colourful, each piece like a miniature modernist painting, inspired by circuses, exotic birds and her early exposure to a multitude of cultures.
Yanna SongIn contrast, from Central St Martins, London, Yannan Song’s work is meditatively simple - elegant neckpieces in fine stainless steel curves and lines mimic the way that strands of hair rest on the body.
Marek SvanaFinally Marek Svana, De Montfort University, Banbury, constructs superbly engineered geometric copper bangles, darkly oxidized on their exterior, with contrasting flashes of enamel inside in brilliant primary colours.

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