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Perfect Presents: Christmas Shopping Guide 4

Written by Helene Buy handmade this Christmas and find your perfect presents! We have a feast for the eyes this week, so head down to MCDC for a Christmas gift your loved one will never forget. First up we have a necklace from a maker who is inspired by Coco Chanel’s killer quote: ‘Never give a…

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Katab Artisans

By Alicia.   The quilts that were exhibited in Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s last exhibition- ‘Katab: Quilting Stories from India’, are not only beautiful and vibrant. They also creatively demonstrate the personal connection that each artisan has with the traditional craft of Katab. Information and images of each of the women was provided in…

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An interview with designer-maker Kate Colin

By Alicia When creating the interpretation area for our current exhibition ‘Kate Colin: The Art of the Fold’, I contacted the lovely Kate Colin herself to ensure our Manchester Craft & Design Centre visitors had as much information as possible. In the form of an interview, Kate provides us with an introduction in to her…

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Take home a quilt!

By Alicia In September, Manchester Craft & Design Centre launched an exhibition called ‘Katab: Quilting Stories from India’ which showcased seven quilts made by a group of Katab (appliqué) artisans. The exhibition was on from 14th September – 12th November and was the outcome of a two-year project entitled ‘Katab- Not Only Money’ run by…

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Perfect Presents: Christmas Shopping Guide 3

By Helene Buy handmade this Christmas and find your perfect presents! Fancy taking your partner/friend/Mum’s breath away this Christmas? Look no further than the slow, detailed work of a handmade, unique piece from MCDC. This time we have atmospheric paintings, porcelain petals and everything in between. First off is a painting influenced by an awe…

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Take home a paper folded artwork by Kate Colin

Written by Sarah Earnshaw Here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre we are showcasing Kate Colin’s work in our current exhibition- ‘Kate Colin: The Art of the Fold‘. The Glasgow based designer-maker explores colour, shadows and geometric forms through her unique paper folding technique to create handmade lampshades and paper folded artworks. A lot of…

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Perfect Presents: Christmas Shopping Guide, our picks of the week!

Buy handmade this Christmas and find your perfect presents! Come to the Manchester Craft and Design Centre for an inspiring selection of handmade gifts that will be sure to delight their recipients. If you want to see a look of genuine surprise on your loved one’s face, sneak off to MCDC and buy authentic and…

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Eat Homemade This Christmas

  Written by Helene An oasis in the middle of the city, Manchester Craft & Design Centre is light and airy and manages to be both cosy and spacious at the same time. The cafe is the beating heart of the centre where conversations are had about art, craft, life, plans are no doubt hatched…

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Perfect Presents: Christmas shopping guide

Buy handmade this Christmas and find your perfect presents! Written by Helene Charara Why not buy something lovingly handcrafted by our makers this Christmas? The pieces we have chosen this week are all very different but have one thing in common: they’re utterly charming. First we have a geometric porcelain to give any room a…

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Workshops: The Science Studio

By Alicia and Sophie.   Last Week, Manchester Craft & Design Centre held interactive, drop-in workshops as part of the Manchester Science Festival and it was a great success yet again! Manchester Science Festival is an innovative, playful and exciting science festival which takes place at various venues across Greater Manchester. Visitors are invited to…

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6 reasons to buy handmade this Christmas

By Helene Charara An MCDC Christmas With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all anticipating the mad rush to buy presents. But what if buying presents this year was purposeful and enjoyable? Here at MCDC you can shop slower and with intention. There are 19 studios in all, so there’s a lot of choice of…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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