Friday, 30 November 2012

Journeys in Lace - Part Two

If you haven’t seen “Journeys in Lace - Part Two” already, this LACE:HERE:NOW exhibition in Nottingham Trent University’s Bonington gallery is certainly worth a visit when you’re out Christmas shopping!

We're especially loving the laser etched digital print by second year Decorative Arts student, Claire Bradshaw (top centre). 

Digital embroidery by Tessa Acti, Lace Bird

Gold leaf work with laser engraving, Sue Turton.

For more information about this fantastic exhibition, and directions, check out the Nottingham Trent University website:

"Granny Chic!"

Go “granny chic” this season in one of Debbie Bryan’s stunning wool and cotton scarves to achieve the heritage look. These handmade pieces come in a variety of colours and have been especially designed to keep you warm this winter #HeartOfHeritage 

Tweet your favourite heritage pieces with #HeartOfHeritage and support the preservation of traditional British design.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Feeling a bit wired...?

... Unwind with therapeutic activity at one of our Creative Workshops with Wire-Artist Louise Dawn Wilson.  On Saturday 24th Nov, Louise will be offering her expert tuition in two workshops, where you could be making your very own collection of Christmas decorations, or incorporating textiles and wire to create a unique brooch for yourself, or perhaps as a gift...?
For more details click here, or ring the shop on 0115 950 7776. 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nottingham Festival of Words

We were very excited to launch the Nottingham Festival of Words at Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop on the 18th October. Being a designer who is very inspired by the proud heritage of Nottingham's Lace Market, Debbie is collaborating with several local artists and writers to explore their inspiration, and how narrative can be visually represented in craft, art and design.

Taking place under the LACE:HERE:NOW season, the Nottingham Festival of Words is an event celebrating literature, design and creativity, and Debbie’s contribution is running from 18th October 2012 to 7th April 2013.

The atmosphere was electric as Peter Clayton from the Leicester Print Workshop conjured up curiosity with the creative potential of this festival and gave a preview of the great work to come.

Debbie Bryan and the Leicester Print Workshop will be showcasing the prints of three artists; Sally Hill, Peter Clayton and Sat Kalsi whose works are inspired by the LACE:HERE:NOW season and the theme of love. The connection between art and words can be seen in the collections by Phiona Richards of Rare Notions, Emma Bamford of Penelope Ruth, and Hannah Lobley of Paperwork.

Debbie will also be collaborating with The Bookcase during this festival and presenting books which have been written in, or inspired by, Nottingham. Every month the creative theme will be directed towards a different source of inspiration; transport, sport, writers, architecture and food.

Two Altered Book workshops will be held on Saturday 16th February 2013 by Manon de Moor, which intend help you to make a very personal journal/travel-book/diary out of an old hardback book, together with an introduction on how to create a poem or text based on the festival's 'Love, Lace and Letters' theme. These workshops will be held 10 - 1pm and 2-5pm and cost just £30.

There will also be a pop-up Tea Room in Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop on 15th February. Author and light designer Lucy Renshaw will be in the studio constructing some of her colourful and quirky lamp shades. If you’re coming into town on route to see poet Alice Oswald’s most recent work; Memorial, at the Lakeside Arts Centre, visit Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop to warm up with a pot of tea. Surrounded by the works of fantastic designers, as well as lace tablecloths and bone china, our pop-up tea room is a great way to begin a superb evening of poetry.

In addition to all of this, presentations will be given by award-winning environmental paper artist Hannah Lobley and acclaimed printmaker Peter Clayton in Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building, lecture theatre 6, Saturday 16th at 10am. Both artists will be describing the inspiration behind their work, a showcase of which will also be on display in the Newton foyer.

We hope to see you excited, inspired and fascinated as the Nottingham Festival of Words reveals the narrative behind the creation and production of these beautiful design collections.

More workshops can be found here: 

Friday, 9 November 2012

New shop photos...

It's been a busy few weeks, and last weekend's Speed Craft was a fantastic finale... but from now until Christmas, we're just enjoying being in the shop, taking time to soak in all the wonderful collections! Our designers are a talented bunch!  And here's a couple of great photos to give a taster...

Saturday, 3 November 2012

And they're off...

Speed craft is here! We've got off to a great start at the Galleries of Justice... here's a quick action shot of the first round...

Feel like you're missing out?!  We've booked another for Spring 2013, on Saturday 27th April... The creative headliners will be announced in the new year, but it promises new ideas and inspirations alongside our usual delicious cakes... Pencil it in your diary now!

Friday, 2 November 2012

And finally...

One day to go, and one last hello (but by no means least!) to Glass Maker Stevie Davis who will be with our speed crafters all day tomorrow...

Construction and manipulation techniques are key to Stevie's fused glass practice and all work is designed by layering glass with wire details which Stevie manipulates by hand.  The process of wrapping various sections of glass with wire creates line and texture in the interior and exterior of the glass.  Stevie creates a range of one off sculptural forms and wall art made using sheet glass, wire grids, metal inclusions and coloured glass powders and frit. Stevie also produces hand made glass accessories.
For details on what you could be creating tomorrow, visit our workshop page.

It's not too late to join! Just give us a ring on 0115 950 7776 to snatch a last minute place! (Remember that if you've signed up to our newsletter, you can get £10 off...)

Alternatively, we've got workshops on Sunday and later in the year too... Click here for more details.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Designer No.5 at Speed Craft...

Meet Phiona Richards – Our 5th of 6 designers leading the craft activities this Saturday at Speed Craft!

Phiona is a Paper Artist who creates sculptures and jewellery from books using traditional needlework techniques. Having been brought up with a 'make do and mend' mentality, she collects books near the end of their existance and transforms them into tactile robust structures.

Find out what you could be making with Phiona on Saturday by clicking here.

You can still join us by booking a place on 0115 950 7776. Tickets are £65 or just £55 if you sign up to our newsletter first here.