Thinking about a local festive season

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Notice anything new?!!! Oh yes we have a new logo and also a new time for you all to visit.

This year 9th and 10th December sees us opening our doors for the first time in the winter there are some great makers that are inviting you in to “come see what we do”. Here we look at 5 makers that will opening up.

As well as setting up their regular workshops The Dual Works have been really busy this year working on collabs across the city but they have still somehow found the time to launch a brand new light range incorporating formica and ply. The lights are named after streets right here in the Jewellery Quarter.

Another person whose feet very rarely seem to hit the ground is Alyn Waterman, last week he ran a live make-up workshop with none other than Joan Collins herself. This time Alyn will be introducing his new “shop” space as well as advising us all about our festive hair and make up.

Rhiannon Lewis has been experimenting with more precious stones this year, we have really enjoyed seeing stones set in yellow gold as well as silver. Form and line as always influence her designs which are becoming stronger all the time.

Downstairs from Rhiannon is Eleni Zolia of Zolia jewellery, the sculptural quality of her work blends between real and imagined worlds, semi precious stones nestle and float within the highly polished silver shapes.

Sarah Hazell is a knitwear designer and exhibits around the country but hails from right here in Birmingham. Her patterns and kits are extremely popular alongside her knitting accessories line. Sarah will be at Unti 7 Pitsford Street, where Tina Francis is again inviting makers from around Birmingham to show that Craft builds community.

So that’s the first five, we will be adding more real soon. Not enough images in this blog? Then just go to our Instagram and facebook sites for more images.

See you soon!

 

 

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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

It’s not over until it’s over

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BPN Architects Cinema – looked like this but with real people!

Have just met with JQBid to discuss just how great JQ Open Studios was this year. You came in your droves to both the festival and the Open Studios. So a big thank you from us!

Plans are well underway for next year when we are hoping that more venues will open on the Sunday too. It was great to welcome you and talk about making, craft and art and we hope that we have gone some way to show you that a career in making is still possible here in what was once the City of 1000 Trades.

Many of the studios you visited are open by appointment so do get back in touch with them if you want to commission work, discuss your wedding plans, need a light or want to sign up to the many workshops we run here during the year.

We will be at the beginning of September with more news about future events but until then here is the link to the map!

 

All set for launch!

Craft, heritage, design – we have it all here in the Jewellery Quarter! 29 and 30 July we will share what we do with you! Here are just 5 of over 30 participants for 2017!

MJQworkshops20100079Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – free entry into this fascinating museum, visit here and see how we did it and how the craftsmanship continues today.

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Frilly Industries – award winning artists Kirsty Hillyer and Adrienne Frances bring you laser cut jewellery and much more, snowglobes, medals, unique colourways are all part of the mix.

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Dual Works – I Make, We Make, You Make. Shared creative studio Zoe Roberston and Steve Snell invite you to view their individual projects, see their latest commissions, encourage you to undertake you own projects! Launching their new Lampshade collection!

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Centrepiece – 20 years in the making! Centrepiece will again be exhibiting a wide range of styles, craft and most of all knowledge about the jewellery trade. Designer makers continuing heritage.

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Alyn Waterman – the craft of make-up and hair on display with a nod to his celebrity connections. This studio is a revelation in glamour and know how. Learn about camera continuity from the expert!

 

 

We are back again!

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After two successful years we are back again in 2017 ready to invite you to “come see what we do”.

Famed for its jewellery manufacture and artisan makers the Jewellery Quarter lies in the heart of Birmingham. Every day over 6000 people come to work here making and designing some of the finest jewellery, holloware and fine regalia. We make pens, whistles, enamelware, watches, time pieces, we train people at the School of Jewellery and we are home to the Assay Office. Alongside the metal trades there is a growing number of makers and designers that call the Jewellery Quarter home.

Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th July we will again be opening our studio and workshop doors and welcoming you in. Leather workers, film makers, chocolatiers, jewellery designers and makers, tapestry makers, fine artists, Galleries, make-up artists, fashion designers, architects, brewers and many more will be open for you to visit.

Over the next weeks we will be writing about each participant but until then here is a link to our JQ Micros site which interviewed 13 Makers for Micro Business Matters day earlier in the year.