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

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 hereĀ 

 

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!