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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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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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Does The Perfect Work Life Balance Exist?

Written by Sophie Holt.   With the onset of the new year and the daunting return to work beginning – it seems more important than ever to begin 2018 with a clear head. As a maker who is most likely self employed or balancing multiple projects at once, a balance between work and life can…

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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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