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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Meghan Graydon Darby

Meghan graduated from the Textiles in Practice course at Manchester school of Art earlier this year. Meghan looks at the everyday and the many things we tend to overlook as part of our identity and culture. She explores elements from her past surroundings and identity as part of her primary inspiration, referring to the traits of…

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Glass vessels

Spotted 2018 : Interview with Bethany Fowkes

Bethany Fowkes graduated from the Design Crafts course at De Montfort University earlier this year, she specialises in glasswork and is inspired by patterns and colours that are around her. Following her graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Jess about her work and how she plans to move forward with her practice.   Where…

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Spotted 2018 : Interview with Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton graduated from the Three Dimensional Design course at Manchester school of Art earlier this year. Andrew designs furniture and products primarily for mass and batch production, with the simple aim to produce beautiful and useful everyday objects. Following his graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Andrew about his work and how he plans to…

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Glass plate blue and transparent

Spotted 2018 : Interview with Jess Davids

  Jess Davids graduated from the Design Crafts course at De Montfort University earlier this year, she specialises in Glass work and is strongly inspired by Sri Lankan eating culture and tuk-tuks. Following her graduation and degree show, we spoke further with Jess about her work and how she plans to move forward with her…

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ceramics close up

Spotted at New Designers 2018

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 2018. Ishy Miller: Ishy is a keen dressmaker and wants to show people that the craft is much easier than what one might…

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Eunmi Kim ceramic cup

What’s on at MCDC

27th of February 2019 — 11:00am – 5:00pm — £20 to £25 (SOLD OUT): FRAMEWORK is a new professional development programme for artists, makers and photographers. Collaboratively developed and delivered by a-n, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Craft & Design Centre and Redeye, the Photography Network. This session will be practical and informative and will equip you with the knowledge…

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Meghan Graydon Darby artwork

Introducing Meghan Graydon Darby

  The team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at regional and national graduate shows since 2011, and have been awarding exhibitions to graduates for over 10 years! We hand-pick makers who we think are the “ones to watch” in the world of contemporary craft & design, shown with a SPOTTED! sign awarded to the…

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Maisie Smith Silversmith

Spotted 2018 : MMU

The team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at regional and national graduate shows since 2011, and have been awarding exhibitions to graduates for the last 11 years! We hand-pick makers who we think are the “ones to watch” in the world of contemporary craft & design, shown with a SPOTTED! sign awarded to…

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Introducing New Talent: Ara | the altar

Written by Sophie Holt.   Here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre we love supporting new, emerging talent – after all we know how hard it can be to get your feet off the ground. At our recent March Maker Meet-Up we invited makers from all disciplines of craft and design to chat with us…

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How To Hack Networking As A Maker

Written By Sophie Holt.   As the owner of a craft business, its easy to fall into the trap of feeling isolated in your profession. This is most likely down to the fact that being a maker can often feel like a solo mission – constantly being in the studio on your own and continually…

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