Lost Texture

Makers of deconstructed jewellery. Martina is a designer maker behind SolvandKopper. After years of exploring various methods in jewellery making Martina is focussing on creating unique edgy silver pieces using the lost wax method. Find out about this technique and the fantastic effects it can make when you visit on 23/24 November.

Silver is the perfect metal for this technique as the textures added give the pieces an organic look against the Shiney surface. The latest earring collection is both wearable and different providing an interesting addition to your Jewellery wardrobe.

Popping up at B18 Leather because we believe that Craft Builds Community.

Aiming High

Mountains, skiing and tradition are some of the influences used by The Little Workshop to create affordable silver jewellery.

“In the early morning before the sun has had a chance to rise above the beautiful peaks, the snow has this glistening, shimmering light that is crisp and sparkly.” The textured pendants in the collection perfectly reflect this special light.

Handmade, using traditional jewellery techniques and tools, passed down from generation to generation whilst The Little Workshopp is one of the newest members of the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios family they are certainly already telling the story of their art.

A love of the the mountains is also reflected in the studio location which is on the top floor, be prepared for steep stairs but just like climbing up a snowy peak once you get there the view is fabulous.

Open 23/24 November 11-16

A Stitch in Time

Tina Francis Tapestry

Working with stitch gives you a different perspective on time, Tina Francis measures her days in inches not hours. Using second hand wool in her stitched work Tina continues the history of those that used the wool before her.

Unable to blend colours like a painter Tina relies on resonance to bring depth to her work. Colours that maybe have no place together soon fall into line when part of a larger design.

Tapestry needlepoint kits are where Tinas heart lies, bold bright design with a touch of 1970S caravan mean that these kits look great in today’s modern homes. Over the last year Tina has been writing a book on Bargello stitching and so many of her new kits and designs use this fast growing long stitch.

Tina believes that “craft builds community” and so runs workshops to share her skill from her Jewellery Quarter studio, a beautiful space where the warmth comes from the people as within it as much as the colour that surrounds it.

Open 23/24 November entrance is on the junction between Vittoria Street and Regent Place.

Natural Flow

The passing of time and the marks that it makes whether on wood, in a flower bud or on our faces is what informs the practice of Dovilė Jewellery. Celebrating the changes that come only with time be it in seconds, days or years means noticing details that we can often miss.

Using the dark ebony appearance of bog oak and combining this with the golden glow of amber gives each piece a natural flowing conversation. Hard versus soft, dark versus light.

In 2019 Dovilė’s work has been exhibited in China, Lithuania and here in the U.K. its fun to think of these pieces adding to their own timelines as they move around the globe.

A visit to their workshop space at the back of Artisan Alchemy will show the process behind the materials which whilst informed by them needs a skilled artisan to bring them back to life. Also on show will be the new Silver Flow collection that echoes the shapes and forms of the bog oak and somehow “holds the pose“.

Open on 23rd and 24th on Caroline Street

Forward Together

Dual Works

Dual Works are highly skilled designer makers who have over 50 years of combined expertise across a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They enjoy the making process from the initial idea through to the production and installation of a wide variety of design projects. Their workshop bursts with colour and energy and makes every idea seem possible.

Over the last year they have continued to deliver their “Girls with Power Tools” workshops which provide skills, knowledge and yes power to the participants. It’s this skill sharing that makes working with Dual Works so exciting.

Collaborating with Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and Touch Base Pears this year Dual Works created a fantastic array of articulated pieces that enabled people to make sense of the space around them and communicate. A commission at The Memorial Arboretum sees their work as a back drop to a heartfelt exhibition. They have even found time to create a mobile hair salon! We are just scratching the surface of their output this year so do ask them about commissions whilst you are there.

With lots more on display than we can list in this short introduction, over the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios weekend you will also be able to see Quarter.haus a collection of beautifully handcrafted products for the home, made on site in their workshop. Quality materials, bright colours and attention to detail mean that these pieces fit in any home.

True supporters of the Jewellery Quarter and its many artisans be sure to visit this workshop on Kenyon Street.

Printing the Night Away

Crafty Bun Studio

Whilst studying contemporary fine art at university Holly O’Meara fell in love with print “I love how much texture you can get from different printing techniques and the unpredictable nature of the process that you can never fully control.”

Lino, collographs and wood cuts are where Hollys heart now lies as her practice develops. Nature and animals are a constant inspiration as is the world around her. She has the ability to notice the small details that make up a place, take a look at her prints of Birmingham and Coventry to see if you can recognise them all. Being a photographer and film maker she uses these images as the starting point for her designs.

Popping up at No Peg Studio on Caroline Street Holly will be demonstrating her trade as well as having details about her upcoming courses that take place in and around the Jewellery Quarter. You can also discuss commissions with her pet portraits being a firm favourite.

23rd November only

Sentimental Journey

Charlotte Lowe

Charlotte Lowe’s collections of handmade jewellery celebrate today’s special moments with the memories that will always matter. Inspired by the joys brought to us through the simple moments in life, Charlotte’s uniquely styled silhouette designs depict precious memories shared with family and friends to evoke sentimental feelings from within.

Celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year a new collection called “Moments like this” brings a collection of precious moments under beautiful blue skies.

The beauty of the process used by Charlotte means that you can commission your own favourite moments to be captured from photo image to jewellery. A real way to carry those you hold dear around with you always.

So a big congratulations to Charlotte Lowe who will be opening her studio for the first time With us on 23/24 November 11-16. Take a visit and create your own special memory.

June 29th – 30th – we’re back!

Hi there! It’s great to be back bringing you news of all the makers, artists and small manufacturers that are taking part in our first Jewellery Quarter Open Studios of 2019. This year we are again running alongside Jewellery Quarter Festival so along with visiting us to see making from the contemporary to the heritage there will also be lots of other activities happening around the Jewellery Quarter on 29th and 30th June.

You’ll see from the logo that we have changed our colours to tie in to Jewellery Quarter Festival so do please look out for their advertising campaign that will begin in earnest on 1st June.

We’ve got some fantastic makers on the trail this time and we are pleased to see many new faces joining us. Two new additions, Pavlov Ceramics and Odox are just a few minutes walk away from each other so if “new” is you then be sure to start your trail here.

The map will be published by the end of the week on this site and will be downloadable but for now take a look at the makers listed on the site for a flavour of what we have to offer here in the Jewellery Quarter where we remain “a community of makers”.

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