35 makers have been especially selected by a panel of curators and craft sector specialists. The makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the region. The range of disciplines include ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, textiles, wood work and mixed media from recent graduates to makers with over 30 years’ experience. ‘Pathways to craft’ careers represented include apprenticeships, traditional university routes and evening courses and provide inspiration for people looking to change career path.
“In light of the current economic climate and university course closures within the arts, we are interested in exploring ‘Pathways to Craft’ through the exhibition. In addition to the makers who have accessed the industry through higher education, we will also be featuring those exhibitors who have adopted alternative routes into craft.” says Emma Daker, Exhibition Organiser.
Selected exhibitors include pioneering textile artist Amy Twigger Holroyd who is developing a technique called ‘stitch hacking’ while Janette Matthews explores the potential of laser cutting in developing 3D textiles. Stunning ceramic pieces by James and Tilla Waters will be available for sale alongside work by Anna Collette Hunt. Beautiful vessels by Kevin Grey and Imogen Luddy’s stainless steel laser cut furniture will demonstrate the possibilities available to makers working in metal.
The exhibition will continue its 18 month tour to major galleries across the Midlands until July 2013 and will raise the profile of regional makers and give them the opportunity to sell their work to Regional and National collectors. Visitors are encouraged to consider commissioning new work from local makers and a range of more affordable work will be available to buy whether your budget is a few pounds or a thousand pounds.
Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and mac Birmingham in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft & Design.