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Friday, 27 April 2012

MJN @ Handmade, Victoria Baths

When: Saturday 19 May  Where: Victoria Baths

"Connecting the culture of traditional skills and materials with modern-day digital production, distribution and interaction techniques. Handmade brings the dialogue to life around the intersection of craft and digital culture, in one of Manchester’s prime 
"heritage locations."

"Artists working in the areas of craft and digital technology display their work in an interactive craft fair designed to encourage visitors to create their own DIY artworks Manchester Jewellers Network and leading artists in the field of digital craft examine and discuss their practise. MJN will also be looking at the commissioning process within the jewellery area, how it has changed buying culture on line, yet keeping a personal 

Showing and selling at Handmade will be MJN member Kate Wimbush Jewellery. Kate states "I create figurative, colourful jewellery using silver and 9ct gold, highlighted with brightly coloured, translucent resin. I use traditional handcraft techniques combined with computer technology to construct my jewellery, which is inspired by my life and memories and a love for all things miniature." In discussion with regard to her process of making and commission of pieces Kate adds "My recent work incorporates a number of new techniques, exploring the use of computer technology. As my work develops I aim for ever greater precision in my designs which I have achieved through using laser etching and cutting. I begin by drawing all of my designs and piercing the initial models by hand so I can visualise the pieces and how they will work. I then transfer the drawings onto the computer and make the designs ready for laser etching. I then use the resin as a cold enamel to add the vibrant colours. Adding the resin can sometimes be a painstaking process as the pieces are so small but the sense of achievement when a piece is finished is fantastic!"

Charlotte Verity begins "At Future Everything’s ‘Handmade’ at Victoria Baths, I will be exhibiting a range of jewellery laser cut from fluorescent Perspex. This is available in six different colours, with each having an exciting ‘Live Edge’ effect, whereby the light which strikes the surface of the Perspex is absorbed and refracted to exit at the cut edge, producing a glowing ‘lit up’ effect. This effect is highly desirable, and for this reason, the jewellery items are designed with a large number of edges, both internal and external, in order for the ‘Live Edge’ effect to be exploited fully. This type of Perspex also fluoresces under an Ultra Violet light. Cutting these patterns and shapes by hand would be an incredibly time consuming process, however, using a laser to cut the items is much faster and the added bonus is that the laser leaves the edge of the Perspex appearing polished."

Charlotte then talks about her process on commissioning her pieces, which would become a piece of artwork in any Baroque boudoir as featured below.

Charlotte adds "Despite laser cutting being an easily repeatable process, there is only one of each of my designs in each colour, making each one unique, not repeats. Pendants are provided with matching ribbon necklaces, but these can be exchanged for a sterling silver chain. Some designs incorporate Swarovski faceted crystals or beads, crystals can be added to other designs upon request."

Simon Denver creates Tribal "computer generated patterns often mimicking those found in nature, coupled with modern materials such as acrylic, polypropylene and silicone" as big round neck pieces and bangles, ideal to wear with those animal print dresses.  The concept derived from looking at Turing and punch tape polypropylene bracelet with coded message on it, as used on colossus.  His work will be on showcased with the support network of MJN members and un-veiled at Handmade 2012. You will be able to commission Simon to create pieces by bringing along a drawing and talking over the cutting process.

I will be showing my Architectonics piece, which is based on a piece of Manchester's history. The Daily Express building inspired the restrictive cuff shown during Architecture-Week-2005. In 2005, this was a rare cutting edge piece made using the process of laser etching and cutting within jewellery, how times have changed! You can add your very own piece of artwork to the "Freedom of Expression" piece inspired by the architecture of Manchester, by commissioning Simon to laser etch on the individual plates, Therefore re-creating and building another part of Manchester and Manchester Jewellers Network history, in the inspiring and heritage building of Victoria Baths!

We support http://www.craftanddesignmonth.net/ during this event.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

British Bride.

With Vintage, and handmade culture of the creative industries, due to the diamond jubilee, and also looking back to the 1950s.   The ideal use is the tradition of the British Bride, and the wedding industry. To front these ideas and ideals, of something old, something new, something borrowed, something Red, White & Blue!
Thanks to Charlie our new bride, for posing in the Union Jack, wearing a silver and thread headpiece I created for wedding adornment, and also my pearl thread spool neckpiece of which is part of "Thread of Society" collection
If you would like to read why Charlie posed in the Union Jack for us, see Lisa's bottom Line!  http://photopamperparty.co.uk/2012/04/lisas-bottom-line-why-we-must-support-british-creatives/
Lipgloss & Lenses are supporting and promoting the British Bridal industry locally, amongst other Creative Industries in Saddleworth. Looking into Heritage and what the area has to offer the british wedding industry.  You will be able to commission at Saddleworth Vintage & Handmade Fair some unique pieces, ideal for weddings or special events.  The unique pieces can be handed down through generation's, keeping the tradition Something Old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something Red, White & Blue! So show your support and make your vow to buy British!

Vintage Jubilee Press Release

4th April 2012 For immediate release
Jubilee celebrations in Saddleworth are sure to go with a swing thanks to ambitious plans for a vintage festival.
Central to the bank holiday weekend celebrations in June will be a 1950s themed Vintage and Handmade Fair showcasing the best in local vintage influenced designers, makers and manufacturers.
The event has been put together by local jewellery designer Samantha Mills along with makeup artist Lisa Gee and photographer Jude Gidney, who together run a vintage pamper party business, Lipgloss and Lenses.
“The fair and the festival are about marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee, but more importantly they are about celebrating the wealth of creative talent we have in the region,” said Lisa. “In these times of economic hardship it is more important than ever that we support our local creative businesses.”
The fair, at Uppermill Civic Hall on June 3rd, is being promoted as an official event of Craft and Design Month and is backed by Oldham Council. Key exhibitors already confirmed include internationally renowned Manchester jeweller Caroline Royal, Saddleworth based vintage furniture and boutique stationery company, Made With Love Designs Ltd and vintage reproduction clothing company Limb, based in Mossley.
Several exhibitors, including Delph’s Hazelnut Bakery, will be producing specially designed collections for the fair, influenced by the Jubilee and the 1950s
Additional events and entertainment are planned throughout Saddleworth during the weekend and will be confirmed soon. These will include a prize for the best vintage shop window display and the best-dressed visitor to the vintage fair. A number of workshops will take place throughout the day, including vintage hair and makeup demonstrations by Lipgloss and Lenses. A website has been set up to promote the event, www.saddleworthvintage.co.uk.
Lisa added: “This is not just a one-off event. We hope to build up a network of local creative and vintage businesses so that we can all support each other. If the fair and the festival are a success we will look at making it an annual event.”
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For further information or to arrange photographs or interviews please contact Lisa Gee, festival press officer, on 07771 553535
Notes to Editors:
The fair and festival website is www.saddleworthvintage.co.uk
Copies of the fair promotional photos are available by email from lisa@pamperandpose.com