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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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Christmas Giveaway

Make a purchase of £10 and over in any of our studios or online shop between Saturday 11th November and Thursday 21st December to be in with a chance of winning one of four mini hampers filled with handmade goodies from a selection of our studios or one of two £20 vouchers to spend here…

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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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Crafting a USP for your Design Business

Written By Sophie.   Perhaps the most important aspect of business branding is your USP or unique selling point, this what makes your business stand out from the crowd! In a market saturated with other makers it is important you identify exactly what your individual USP is, allowing you to retain a strong focus as…

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On the Wire: Call for Submissions

Are you a designer or maker wanting to exhibit in Manchester?  On The Wire is a fantastic opportunity at Manchester Craft & Design Centre which allows a selection of artists to hang their work from a suspended wire overlooking our beautiful entrance area. This opportunity is open to any maker working in the UK in any…

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Branding Basics

Written By Sophie. An effective brand and branding strategy can help your craft business stay ahead of the game, draw new customers in and give you an amazing edge to your competitors. No matter if your brand is a large scale company or a small scale start up, consistent and sharp branding is critical. So,…

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Starting Your Craft Business: 10 Tips

Written by Sophie.     Have you recently started your own small craft or design business? Or do you want to get your creative business off the ground but don’t know where to start? The journey to a successful business can seem daunting so we’ve put together 10 simple tips to help you on your…

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New Online Maker Community

The Manchester Craft & Design Network is a creative community where artists, makers and designers can share ideas, offer advice and connect with other creatives within their field. Here you will find regular blog posts discussing topics ranging from photographing your work to achieving the perfect work life balance. And we’ll keep you up to…

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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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MCDC Makers on Tour: Buy Art Fair

by Agathe 27th – 29th October 2017 In October, nine of our resident artists will showcasing and selling their work on our stand at Buy Art Fair 2017. Now recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals of visual arts, Buy Art Fair will bring galleries and artists to Manchester from across the UK. Over…

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MCDC Makers on Tour: GNCCF

by Agathe Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair October 12th – 15th 2017 Recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this October in Upper Campfield Market, just off Deansgate, in Manchester city centre. It showcases a wide variety of contemporary…

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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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Cup exhibition at Unit 12 gallery


by Christine ‘Cup’ at Unit Twelve Gallery 31/08/17 – 16/12/17 Work by Studio 10’s Ella McIntosh of THIS IS PEWTER is on display at Unit Twelve Gallery in Staffordshire as part of their ‘Cup’ exhibition. The exhibition is a celebration of the humble cup and showcases vessels in all different types of materials and styles, from ceramic,…

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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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Jahday Ford Josh Hillary glass MMU spotted

Jahday Ford & Joe Hillary shortlisted for prestigious prize

by Christine   Jahday Ford and Joe Hillary – winners of our 2017 MMU Graduate Award – have been shortlisted for the first-ever UK Rado Star Prize with their ‘Breathe’ project. The Rado Star Prize is an established competition that has run in countries around the world, supporting young, unestablished designers and giving them a platform…

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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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NEW: Leather goods from Devines Design

by Christine Suzanne Devine’s contemporary leather bags and accessories are now available to purchase from our online shop. Suzanne designs and makes unique handmade products in studio 9 here at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Using high quality materials such as lambs leather and cow hide, she creates contemporary, simple, functional shapes for accessories and bags….

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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 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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Marged Owain glass wood

News from SPOTTED Graduate Marged Owain

Marged Owain was one of the students from MMU we selected as part of  SPOTTED 2017. Her work is based on Welsh culture and heritage, celebrating Welsh craftsmanship through combining blown glass, turned wood and thread. At Manchester Craft & Design Centre we like to see what graduate makers are doing after finishing their courses. Here is what Marged will be…

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Christmas crafts

Looking for the UK’s most talented crafters!

Channel 4 and Raise the Roof productions are looking for makers of all crafts to appear on the third series of ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ and compete for the coveted titles of ‘Best decorated Christmas Tree’, ‘Best Christmas Hamper’, ‘Best Christmas Wreath’, ‘Best Handmade Advent Calendar’, ‘Best Wrapping’, ‘Best handmade gift’ and ‘Best Christmas Stocking’. The filming involves…

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GIVE IT A BASH pewter workshops

GIVE IT A BASH! New workshop dates added

Lead-free Pewter is a versatile and ‘eco-friendly’ metal which looks like silver but is very low maintenance, can be used with food, and looks super stylish around your home. Ella McIntosh, award-winning designer and Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s resident pewtersmith invites you to join her for a day of creativity. Pewter is malleable metal…

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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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SPOTTED Amy Quinn 2017


  Visiting the Manchester Metropolitan University Degree Show is always one of our the highlights of the year, and this year did not disappoint. We were very impressed with the high standard of the work, and the innovative use of a wide variety of materials. The team here at MCDC have been spotting talent at…

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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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