Monday, July 9th, 2012

“Flourish”, Exhibition at Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery

Akiko Kurihara



Art Jewellery Selected from Around the Globe

Things are flourishing in the jewellery garden ….giant porcelain cabbage necklaces, cut glass ‘Wine Leaf’ brooches, overblown bright blue enamel blossom jewels…

With an international reputation for showcasing the best in radical contemporary jewellery, Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, based at Salts Mill since 1996, marks her sixteenth birthday with flair! Flourish exhibits a fantastical array of art jewellery selected from around the globe.

From Dutch artist Nina Sajet’s surreal transformation of cabbages and sprouts into fine porcelain neckpieces, to South Korean Seulgi Kwon’s marvellous delicately tinted intricate silicone organisms that come to life when touched and worn. Textile inspired Francisca Bauza from Germany and Mallorca presents vibrant enamelled floral necklaces whose folds in metal and crimped edges mimic material; Yu-Ping Lin from Taiwan creates playful Origami inspired textile brooches that mutate into bracelets and back again – like jewellery ‘Transformers’- they can be worn in a myriad of different ways!

Additionally 100 international jewellers involved with the gallery over the last sixteen years have been invited to each enter an exuberant celebratory ring into a flamboyant competition called FlourishRing! Visitors to the gallery will be able to vote for their favourite by trying it on and being photographed modelling it. These photos will then become part of a growing installation on the walls of the gallery. The FlourishRing that gets the most public votes during the exhibition will win £250.

The gallery has represented a host of fantastic jewellers over the years including many renowned award winning UK and international art jewellers for instance Jacqueline Mina, OBE who is a Jerwood Prize winner, Georg Dobler twice winner of the Herbert Hoffman Prize – the most prestigious international art jewellery award, Adam Paxon – winner of the Jerwood Prize and the Herbert Hoffman prize and Malcolm Morris who created the tiaras worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Kath Libbert, the gallery’s founder and curator says: ‘’We are honoured that these celebrities of the jewellery world are all going to be taking part in FlourishRing along with many new creative talentsI can’t wait to see what they each come up with!!”



Francisca Bauzá


Katja Schlegel


Mari Iwamoto


Märta Mattsson


Nina Sajet


Réka Fekete


Seulgi Kwon


Yu-Ping Lin


Kath Libbert Gallery celebrates its sixteenth birthday with a big exhibition titled ”Flourish” showing pieces by jewelers around the world.  You can visit the exhibition from July 12th to September 30th.

Kath Libbert Gallery celebra el seu aniversari número 16 amb una gran exposició titulada “Flourish” on es mostren peces de joiers de diferents parts del món.  L’exposició es podrà visitar des del 12 de juliol fins el 30 de setembre.


Artists / Artistes: Akiko KuriharaSeulgi KwonMari IwamotoKatja SchlegelNina SajetFrancisca BauzáMärta MattssonRéka FeketeYu-Ping Lin.



Since 1996 this leading contemporary jewellery gallery has been set within Salts Mill, home to the world’s largest collection of work by David Hockney. Open daily, it specializes solely in contemporary jewellery, silver and metalsmithing showcasing diverse collections by over seventy renowned designers and emerging talents from Britain and abroad. Starting out selling from a table top at The Corn Exchange in Leeds in 1994 whilst working as an NHS psychologist Kath Libbert’s now renowned gallery was recently described in The Times Luxx Magazine as ‘For clients who want jewels that push boundaries…the antidote to the high street’.

Much of the work on show pushes and blurs the boundaries between art, jewellery design and fashion resulting in jewellery that is, perhaps, best described as wearable art. Pieces are often created using a surprising range of materials and techniques.

The gallery organizes a  number of  major exhibitions each year, some of which have been supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Crafts Council in recognition of the important role they play in showcasing the very best of British and international talent in Yorkshire and the UK. KLJG is also well known for its popular Annual Alternative Wedding Show, now in its 11th year.

The gallery is pleased to offer OwnArt, an Interest Free Loan Scheme set up by Arts Council England which enables people to purchase contemporary art/jewellery and pay for it over 10 months.

Salts Mill is a magnificent Victorian textile mill built by Sir Titus Salt in the centre of Saltaire, the ‘model village’ he built to house his mill workers. Saltaire, which is surrounded by stunning scenery, was awarded World Heritage Status in 2001. Salts Mill was restored some 25 years ago to show the world’s largest collection of works by the artist David Hockney – born in nearby Bradford. Along with Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, the Mill is also home to Salts Diner and a number of other designer shops and galleries.


2 Responses to ““Flourish”, Exhibition at Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery”

  1. aingeru says:

    Muy buenos trabajos…., con muy buena calidad…Me han gustaado mucho, en especial el de Akiko….Besos para las islas.

  2. Montserrat Lacomba says:

    Gracias Aingeru! Pronto nos vemos por Formentera! Besos.

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