Designer Maker Handbook

The Designer Makers Handbook is a neat publication put together by Designer Maker West Midlands and Craftspace. It contains a few interviews with practitioners and a whole gamut of contact details across the world and specific to the region. Download the 68 page PDF here. via Creative Wolverhampton.

eBay To Go

Have a play with this little thing: It’s called an eBay To Go widget and anyone can make one to display any eBay auction on any website, just as you might post a YouTube video to your MySpace page or blog. And it’s incredibly easy to make one. Imagine you’re an artist or craftsperson who … [Read more…]

Intrigue at Five Ways

Following on from the Test Bed show, another Five Ways art event. Intrigue is a group show by 8 artists taking place in the now largely vacant 1960s Shopping Centre at 5 ways island, Birmingham, UK. The group will be showing exciting and challenging contemporary art work in the ‘Curio City shop’ at the centre, … [Read more…]

Midlands Textile Forum coming

From the Arts News mailing list: An exciting new group called ‘Midlands Textile Forum’ is set to launch in October this year, promoting textiles across the region. The emerging group aims to provide a supportive network for members and a strong platform to showcase the wide breadth of textile activity taking place. It also plans … [Read more…]

Made in Moseley

Moseley has always had a reputation for having a vibrant creative community and the Moseley Community Development Trust have put together Made in Moseley, a directory of local creatives and businesses across a wide range of categories. As well as being online it’s also available as a small booklet which I picked up in the … [Read more…]

Comics Community Overview

The Birmingham Mail ran a feature recently on the comic book creative community in the area. It’s a bit of a surface scratching piece, plugging the Out Of The Bedroom show that just finished, but it does give a nice snapshot of a number of people who are actively doing stuff in the region so … [Read more…]

A Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts is another of those seemingly niche events at the NEC that, on closer study, turns out to be rather more substantial. It’s not on until August 16-19th but already there’s a lot confirmed including grassroots quilting, studies of traditions going back thousands of years, surveys of international quilting movements and more, … [Read more…]