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Future Makers 2018: From the Studios

Written By Sophie Holt.   Here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre we are passionate about supporting and nurturing new talent and our annual Future Makers exhibition does just that! This year our Resident Makers have selected seven new makers, all with their fantastic work on display in selected studios around MCDC. Each makers work…

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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Rachael Allcoat

Written by Alicia Eccleston.   In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight….

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Opportunities for makers, designers and artists

Are you a maker, designer or artist? Are you looking to get involved in different projects or learn new skills? Here are our top picks for February! BIG: Selling on Etsy event Etsy are running multiple events across Greater Manchester to help those who have already set up a creative business or those wanting to…

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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Amy Quinn

Written by Sophie Holt.   In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight….

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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Freja Burgess

Written by Sophie Holt.   In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight….

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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Kitty Jones

Written by Sophie Holt.   In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight….

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5 inspirations from MCDC this Valentine’s day

Written by Helene Charrara A Creative Heart Our philosophy on present giving is inspired by the concept of a creative heart. Creative hearts offer us an alternative to mass produced goods such as chocolate – and – flowers combos. A creative heart is an inventive person who puts energy and thought, not just money into…

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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Hayley Grafflin

Written by Alicia Eccleston.   In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight….

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Open call for young makers, designers and artists

Deadline February 25, 2018 at 5:00pm We are excited to invite young UK-based artists, makers and designers to submit their work for this open call competition. We have partnered with 42nd Street, a Manchester-based charity which supports young people aged 11-25 with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. We will be working with 42nd Street’s…

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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Ralph Shuttleworth

Written by Sophie Holt.   In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight….

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Meet Lee Page Hanson

  Meet Lee Page Hanson, an incredibly skilled ceramicist who has been working from studio 4 at MCDC for over 20 years! You can find his website here. Film credit © Slant Media UK

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Perfect Presents: Christmas Shopping Guide 5

By Helene Buy handmade this Christmas and find your perfect presents! Get something made with love this Christmas at MCDC, a bespoke and unique gift for that unique person in your life. An atmospheric drawing of a building in the city starts us off this week, along with a hand painted scene of dandelions to…

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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…

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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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