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Bolton University Graduate Showcase extended

Written by Alicia.   Here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre we are passionate about supporting new graduates. Currently, we have two University of Bolton Textiles & Surface Design graduates- Carys Lavin and Tiffany Maksymow- exhibiting in space2. Their three-day showcase was initially supposed to end tomorrow but due to popularity we have decided to…

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News from Spotted graduate Charlie Manthorp

by Agathe   At Manchester Craft & Design Centre we like to see what our Spotted graduate makers are doing after finishing their courses. Ceramicist Charlie Manthorp has been involved in a number of projects since we spotted him at the MMU degree show in June, including Minecrafting Ceramic Narratives, a summer school delivered by artist Gemma…

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workshop letterpress printing

Ride Print Repeat in pictures

by Agathe   On the 19th of August, we took Nell across to three locations around the city. Follow her journey in pictures, showing and explaining the workings of the letterpress. One of Nell’s ambitions is to share her knowledge of printing with others through workshops and demonstrations, making letterpress printing more accessible by taking her Adana…

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AP Focus: Chungkong

by Agathe   Evolution of the Soccer Ball 2014 Chungkong is a Netherlands-based graphic designer. His work strips subjects like cult movies, books and sports down to their bare bones and brings them to life in vibrant and playful ways. The first official FIFA World Cup Ball was created by Adidas in 1970 and was made…

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bike leather handlebar cycling

AP Focus: Nonusual – Gropes

by Agathe   “GROPES ARE UNIQUE LEATHER HANDLEBAR GRIPS. THEY OFFER THE BIKE CUSTOMISATION ENTHUSIAST AN INDIVIDUAL AND EYE-CATCHING ALTERNATIVE TO THE USUAL HANDLEBAR COVERINGS.” Gropes were inspired by original leather-wrap grips, but re-created with a twist. Gropes are hand-made from high quality vegetable tanned cowhides from Italy with pre-punched holes and come with a pair…

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AP Focus: Little tokyobike

by Agathe   tokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company founded in 2002 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Yanaka. The name was derived from the design of the bikes. In the same way the mountain bike was designed for the mountains so tokyobike was designed for Tokyo. In our exhibition, we have decided to…

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New Designers photograph space

SPOTTED at New Designers 2017

Visiting New Designers, in London is always a very exciting time. This year we spotted so much amazing talent on display. Five makers stood out from the crowd as our ‘spotted’ selection for 2017. Qingyang Shen Silversmith and Jeweller — Sheffield Hallam University Hand raised silver ‘spiritual vessels’ “My work is a conversation between myself and the…

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summer at MCDC

Summer at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Exhibitions, talks and tours, shopping, events and workshops. Our summer programme will keep you busy throughout the summer months! During July and August we will be offering a variety of workshops, from jewellery-making, to floristry and calligraphy. Saturday 15th July, 10am – 1pm or 2-5pm, £35 — Taster Sessions with Manchester School of Jewellery Try out texturing,…

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Jayday Ford & Joe Hillary

Introducing Jahday Ford & Joe Hillary

“We are completely overwhelmed with joy and excitement on receiving the 12th Annual Exhibition Award! As craftsmen, the Design Centre has been a huge inspiration to our work and development throughout the years and we are over the moon with the chance to contribute our own exhibit early 2018.” ‘Breathe’ is a collaborative project between a glass…

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Lululemon pink sports top

AP Focus: Lululemon Silverescent Fabric

Lululemon is a yoga-inspired, technical athletic apparel company for both women and men. For their pieces within the exhibition, they have chosen a tank top and a t-shirt from their Silverescent range. lululemon discovered that silver – a material not usually associated with exercise or clothing – inhibits the growth of odour causing bacteria that occurs…

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Vollebak Pink Hoodie

AP Focus: The Baker Miller Pink Hoodie by Vollebak

  You may have seen the pink hoodie or caught glimpses, but what you will have noticed is that this is no typical street wear. A high level of research and development has gone into putting together that pink. Vollebak have created a whole experiment centred around rest and recuperation, which includes a soundtrack to…

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Joe Hartley & Rob Bailey Darts

AP Focus: Darts

  Simply named ‘Darts’, we turn our focus onto the works of designer-maker Joe Hartley and illustrator & printmaker Rob Bailey. They collaborated both their individual aesthetic and making techniques to form a completely alternative take on the classic dart – something we all have thrown in abandon at a local pub without noticing the finer…

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AP Focus: The Closca Fuga Helmet

We’re taking a focused look into a key piece of our Athletically Pleasing exhibition by Closca Design. Winner of The Red Dot Design Award in 2015, the Closca Fuga Helmet is an innovation in cycling safety. A minimalist design alongside a highly developed function creates a product like no other. The inner structure is made…

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Be a Chancer: Darts Tournament at MCDC

Thursday 25th May, 6-8pm ‘THEY THROW LIKE A DREAM’ Join us for the launch of Athletically Pleasing on Thursday 25th May when we’ll be holding an open darts competition unlike any other. The darts  – which are featured in the exhibition – are handmade; crafted beautifully with a beech barrel, brightly coloured paper flights and a brilliantly sharp…

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Vollebak Pink Hoodie

Athletically Pleasing: A Closer Look

Athletically Pleasing is a showcase of products exploring how craft, design and innovative technology are being used to enhance both athletic performance and aesthetic appeal in sport. Within this piece we uncover the complex research and development which has lead to the creation of these pieces, and how they show the advancements of the new elite of…

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interantional womens day

Inspirational Women of MCDC’s Past, Present & Future

For International Women’s Day 2017 we would like to celebrate some of the inspirational women behind Manchester Craft & Design Centre. From the fishmongers of our past to our exhibiting contemporary makers who are redefining the future of craft, MCDC has a 35 year history of making a place for handmade in Manchester. Past… Ellie Gibbons Over our 30th…

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reasons to buy handmade

Six reasons to buy handmade this Mother’s Day

With just a few weeks to go until Mother’s Day, the MCDC team have been discussing what we’ll be getting for our mums this year. We all love handmade, obviously. But we often get asked why handmade is so special, why each piece costs more than a similar item on the high street. There are…

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Future Makers 2017

Future Makers: a few of my favourite things…

by Christine Hitchins, Marketing & Digital Manager I love working at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. My bank balance, not so much. I often joke that I need a second job to fund my craft habit, so when  Future Makers rolls around each year my purse groans, along with my belly, which goes hungry when my…

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Memories are made by… Jane Blease

With Christmas only a week a way we draw to a close our Memories are Made By campaign with our final featured maker, Jane Blease from Studio 25. We ask her about the ideas and processes leading her innovative designs and the memories made through her work. How many years have you been resident at MCDC?…

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Jessica Owen studio 16

Memories are made by… Jessica Owen

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign we have focused on the makers who make original, innovative gifts every day here at MCDC. This week we speak to painter Jessica Owen of Northern Scapes, Studio 16, who’s been resident at MCDC for 13 years, about the inspirations behind her work and her memorable commissions and gifts as…

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Jon Damian Studio 22

Memories are Made by… Jon Damian

This December we’re looking a little closer at the some of the talented makers who make up our fantastic creative community. This week we speak to recent graduate, Jon Peters of Jon Damian jewellery, whose work is available to buy upstairs at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, in Studio 22. How many years have you been resident…

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Lee Page Hanson Studio 4

Memories are made by… Lee Page Hanson

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign we’re celebrating the power of handmade and the makers behind the one-of-a-kind gifts on offer everyday at MCDC. This week we speak to established ceramicist, Lee Page Hanson, whose collection you can see in Studio 4. How many years have you been resident at MCDC? I originally began working in…

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Kate Knight

Memories are made by… Kate Knight

We’re looking a little closer at the work and stories behind this year’s Christmas campaign which features six of our resident makers. This week we speak to digital illustrator and designer Kate Knight about the inspirations which drive her work and the festive season which we officially kick off with our Family Friendly Christmas Launch Saturday 19th…

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Anne Rowson Studio 5

Memories are made by… Anne Rowson

We’ll be looking a little closer at the work and stories behind this year’s Christmas campaign and we kick off this week with one of Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s longest serving resident makers. Anne Rowson of RA Designer Jewellery celebrates her 30th year in business at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on November 19, 2016. As this milestone…

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UPCOMING: Heated Exchanges

As we approach the launch of our first ever glass exhibition, our Exhibitions & Events Officer Kaylee Jenkinson, reveals why she wants to share her love of glass with Manchester… “I’ve absolutely loved researching and putting together Heated Exchanges. I’m really lucky in my job that I get to work with a whole range of different…

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HAND CRAFT: Work in Progress

With just one week to go until the launch of HAND CRAFT, 49 artists, makers and designers are adding the finishing touches to the individual panels which will make up a large-scale mural at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Collage, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood, illustration and painting all feature across the panels and reflect the diversity of creativity in…

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desk table


This week our resident makers are beginning work on their individual section of a 49 piece mural for our upcoming exhibition HAND CRAFT. Each of the 49 panels were delivered this week on a newly produced HAND.01 refillable, paper-topped table by new British design studio HAND as part of a special collaboration with our makers, Manchester based creatives and paper pioneers G.F…

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Spotted 2016 New designers metal


This year at New Designers in The Business Design centre, Islington we spotted so much amazing talent on display. Five makers stood out from the crowd as our ‘spotted’ selection for 2016. Andrew Scott’s (Duncan of Jordanstone University) hand-painted bold coloured textiles caught our eye instantly. Inspired by his trip to Burano Italy, the bright…

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Lily Read


This year we were once again amazed by the talent at Manchester Metropolitan University’s degree show. We spotted unique work using a diverse range of materials and techniques. One very special graduate from Manchester School of Art, whose work we feel is of considerable mention, is awarded the ‘Annual MMU Graduate Solo Exhibition Award’. They have…

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For the second year in a row we have awarded three Textiles and Surface Design graduates from the University of Bolton the opportunity to run a four-day pop up show here at MCDC in September. We will also give them installation support and digital promotion, and a discounted place at one of our Creative Business Development workshops….

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