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 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.
Local leather company B18 Leather uses the finest quality leather and findings to create beautiful small leather goods with a funky painted edge.
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.
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 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)
Tina Francis will be have small and large tapestry needlepoint squeezed into the rest of the space!!!