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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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!

 

Sweet Caroline Street

We are going to have a quick tour around a few streets in the next couple of days, today we are looking at Caroline Street and nearby. Wending its way from St Pauls Square right up to Warstone Lane Caroline Street is one of the main thoroughfares in the Jewellery Quarter and has been enhanced over recent years to include a tree lined boulevard. Home to some fantastic small businesses there is also a lot going on Open Studio wise.

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Ellie Ingram of Bug Jewellery (Number 12 on the Map) sees the world just a little differently to most of us. She revels in the detail and injects it with fun, making small things is what she excels at. She shares her studio with Kate Gilliland who creates jewellery from found objects, her work celebrates the life of the small detail and so whilst their styles are very different the links between them are very strong.

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Artisan Alchemy (number 8 on the map) have a big bold window onto Caroline Street, nature in all its forms is portrayed in the jewellery on display alongside modern british furniture that celebrates the materials as much as the finished forms.

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Just off Caroline street on Mary Street is where BPN Architects (number 11 on the map) call home. Regular visitors to Jewellery Quarter Open studios will remember crazy golf and “knock down Brum”, this year the loading bay is being turned into a cinema. Yes thats right BPN are running their very own film festival on Saturday 29th!

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Dual Works on Kenyon Street (number 19 on the map) have had a really busy year since you visited them last time. International exhibitions, pavilion collaborations and teaching do not seem to have got int their way. Earlier this year they launched their I Made It workshops where they have shared their skills and taught many people just how to get to grips with making it yourself. See information about their upcoming courses alongside their lighting range (Quarterlight) launch. This is so top secret that not even we have been privy to the designs! Shine on!

Caroline Street is long! We’ve got a few more to share!

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On Regents Place opposite Matthew Boultons old house lies Visuale (number 49 on the map) who have also been skill sharing this year with their art classes, learn about these and also see the work of local artist Dee Manning. After a successful solo show yearlier in the year expect to see some new exciting work.

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Thirsty? Also on Regents Place you will find Rock and Roll Brewhouse (number 37 on the map), new comers to the trail last year they have gone from beer strength to beer strength and have extended into another workshop. Brewed on site learn about their different ales and how being vegan really is the way forward.

Two more to go!

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Stans Cafe (number 43 on the map) on Northwood Street is a theatre company that devises original productions in the Jewellery Quarter before touring them internationally. As well as getting a chance to see their theatre and learn about what they do look out for the Commentators (above) who will be reporting on the festival throughout the weekend.

Also on Northwood Street be sure to pop into St Pauls Gallery (number 42 on the map) the worlds leading retailer in signed limited edition album prints. Lots to see here alongside some great advise on framing and display.

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Phew all of that on just one street! See the online copy of the map here 

 

5 More for you to discover all in one place!

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.

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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!!!

 

 

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.

Frilly Industries

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.