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after dark

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&madelikes…

…something to look forward to at MCDC Manchester Craft & Design Centre!

beer mat

after dark

Northern Quarter After-Dark is part of Manchester After-Hours festival, a one off evening of arts, culture & music taking place across the city on Thursday 15th May in conjunction with Culture 24 & Museums at Night.

Join us around the Northern Quarter from 6pm, for a nocturnal celebration of the best of creativity in our city, showcased in unique venues & in unexpected ways. 

Participating venues include: 
Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 oak street, m4 5jd
Matt & Phreds, The Bay Horse, Common, Twenty Twenty Two, MMU Unit X & The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art to name but a few…

Once a place of hard physical graft, the Northern Quarter is now Manchester’s boho district for the hip & happening, where mill workers, weavers & market traders have been replaced by artists, designers, & independent boutiques. On this night the areas arts venues & galleries, shops & restaurants, pubs & bars will be mixing it up in one big cultural mash-up.’ – Creative Tourist

find out more  www.craftanddesign.com

 

 

Written by andrea

May 9th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

new hobby

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i’d really rather show than tell so recently whilst having a conversation with our friend, hannah raeside at manchester craft & design centre, i was intrigued when she started telling me about instagram.

realising my late arrival at this particular party i decided better late than never & yet another techno hobby joins the list of my things to do. it’s rather like a modern twist on that traditional hobby – stamp collecting!

i do like the neat & organised symmetry of it all, so here it is, please, have a look if you like!

instagram no.1

instagram no.1

 

http://instagram.com/madebyand

 

 

Written by andrea

May 2nd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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july

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july peg doll

half the year gone & the start of another busy month @&made!

 

in two weeks we have our next launch event @ manchester craft & design centre – you can follow this link & find more details here;

 

 http://www.craftanddesign.com/exhibitions/craftinghistory

 

along with my fellow tenants i am working on my exhibition piece which will be donated by &made for our charity auction in november.

 

but before that we aim to finish work on our new studio – no.21 – almost there now, complete two more commissions – already wip, plan & deliver a new workshop @ whitworth art gallery in three weeks, tweak our  plan for a tenant led workshop mc&dc in september, continue r&d on new work for the great northern contemporary craft fair in october – it’s nice to have a few surprises – & stay on top of stock levels for the shop!

i like to keep busy!

 

Written by andrea

July 1st, 2012 at 2:28 pm

chips with everything!

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this is a recent freelance job – costumier to two chips… 

 

work in progress

work in progress

 & an onion ring!

the brief was to supply one deep fried onion ring & wearing a chef’s toque, one sweet potato fry with butchers apron & one traditional chip wearing full chef’s whites.

everything went well until i tried to dress chef chip – he soon developed curvature of the spine & lost the will to live! i have to admit i did think food ads were fake but, believe me, this is real food wearing real costumes & i think the smallest scale work i’ve done so far.

& the finished ads - 

yes chef!

yes chef!

thanks must go to stevie dee @barrow model makers for offering me the work - i had such a lovely day with geoff, kate & vicki – i hope we get to repeat it sometime soon...

 

         

Written by andrea

May 28th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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wet wednesday

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sugar rush

sugar rush

what better way to spend a wet wednesday than revisiting the whitworth art gallery?

we had a lovely morning ‘baking’ this batch of cupcakes with a group of ladies on their first visit to the whitworth. i was really impressed with the inventive decorations & colour combinations ! i really enjoy these workshops – it fulfills my childhood ambition; succeeding Valerie Singleton on Blue Peter !

thank you to ed watts for his invitation to cupcake heaven…

 

 

Written by andrea

April 9th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

smart deco workshop

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smart deco workshop
smart deco workshop

 

Bank  holiday weekend at the Whitworth art gallery – what could be better ? A select group of keen crafters gathered together on Sunday afternoon for a few hours creating, stitching & making. Everyone was keen to experiment & try something new, inspired by the wonderful, ‘ Walls are talking’, wallpaper exhibition at the Whitworth.   

 

 

 

 

needle & thread
needle & thread

 

 Thanks to Francis Vose for being on hand to take the photographs.   

 

 

 

Written by andrea

September 5th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

happy birthday!

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cherry cup cake

cherry cup cake

I just couldn’t let it pass by unnoticed. happy birthday &made!  

Here’s to many more!

Written by andrea

August 18th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

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hello!

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threadle headle portrait

threadle headle portrait

 

hello! i’ve been looking forward to launching the &made blog – even tho’ i am finding it just a little bit scary! since the &made studio opened at the end of november 2009 i have enjoyed meeting all the interesting people who visit and support manchester craft and design centre and this blog seems like a natural extension to that. i intend to use this space as a means of keeping all my lovely friends, clients and supporters up to date with new products, stockists and my occasional trips out into the big wide world!

the first of these, for 2010, was  chorlton arts festival on saturday may 22nd. as usual the craft fair  was a really enjoyable event; a sunny day, an appreciative audience and a lovely venue in the upstairs room at st.clements church on edge lane in chorlton. it was lovely to see some familiar faces – and quite a few new ones! suzanne, another mc&dc tenant - from devine designs, and i had really enjoyable afternoon; talking, drinking tea, selling our work and promoting the craft centre…and not necessarily in that order! 

Written by andrea

June 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm