Festive fun!!

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It can get cold this time of year in the workshops and studios around the Jewellery Quarter but that does not mean we shut up shop and take the winter off! Many of the makers and designers are off to fairs and shows around the country selling their wares and meeting customers and suppliers. As usual we are dotted around the UK but this year on 9th and December many of us will be right back here in Birmingham as we run our first ever Winter Open Studios.

Expect jewellery, leather, textiles and homewares alongside the usual mix of on street jewellery retailers.As it is the festive season there will be many a gift idea including a full list of workshops for you to take part in in 2018.

We will be blogging again this week bringing you the names in the frames!

Save the date and don’t forget that on Sundays throughout December parking in the multi-storey car park is free.

Sparkle this Festive right here in the jewellery Quarter

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Tina Francis runs Jewellery Quarter Open Studios, having cut her teeth running  Central Trail in Brighton as part of their Artists Open Houses (the oldest open trail and still the best!) when she returned to Birmingham a few years ago she knew it was something she wanted to do right here. After a trial run at Custard Factory which was well attended she was ready to tackle the Jewellery Quarter!

“Being a maker gives me a head start when running an event like this and as Open Studios had been run here in the past by Centrepiece I also have the legacy to build on and of course the expertise from those that ran it before. JQBid have supported me throughout. Whilst the Jewellery Quarter is famed for metal I wanted the Open Studios to reflect the diverse trades and makers that call the Jewellery Quarter home so you will find fine artists, leather workers, tapestry makers, hair and makeup designers, chocolate makers and many more trades behind closed doors.”

“Skill sharing is something we do well here in the Jewellery Quarter and so this year in my studio I will be inviting different makers and community groups to join me when I open the doors to invite you to “come see what we do “, here they all are (plus me!)!”

Shelanu Black enamel sparrow range

Shelanu is a developing social enterprise of migrant and refugee women working with Craftspace producing high quality craft objects inspired by their new home, the city of Birmingham.

deborette b18 leather

Local leather company B18 Leather uses the finest quality leather and findings to create beautiful small leather goods with a funky painted edge.

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Image copyright Ruth Green

Ruth Green is a printmaker based in Birmingham, UK. She produces exquisite, colourful silkscreen prints by hand. Her work is inspired by mid-century design and pattern and by the British countryside.

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Where Wool Meets is a collaborative group that has wool at its core. Wool is what joins us but our practices are so very different, machine knit, stitch, wire, sculpture, hand knit and print all play their part. Judith Watson, Suraya Hossian, Tina Francis.

spring hill stitchers

Spring Hill Stitchers is a community stitch group that meets every Saturday at Spring Hill Library, their most recent project funded by Ageing Better in Birmingham is “Flags of Ladywood” and aims to celebrate all who live here. (Contact Tina Francis for more details)

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Tina Francis will be have small and large tapestry needlepoint squeezed into the rest of the space!!!