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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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Photographing your Handmade Work

Written By Sophie.   Making sure that you get high-quality, professional photos of your handmade work is perhaps the most important marketing technique for your creative business. Photographs of what you make are not only essential for advertising, but they are the first thing that your customers will see when flicking through your social media…

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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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Job Vacancy: Marketing & Digital Manager

Marketing & Digital Manager Manchester Craft & Design Centre 4 days per week £21,500 pro rata (28 hours per week) Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2022 Manchester Craft & Design (MCAD) is a registered charity responsible for managing Manchester Craft & Design Centre (MCDC). We provide studio / retail spaces for c.35 creative businesses,…

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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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