Custom Made

Anne from RA Studio shared these detailed order sheets from some of the special commissions she’s taken on over the years. The relationship between the customer and the maker is often collaborative in situations like this, with customers bringing ideas and personal feedback to the maker who facilitates the scope of creation in order to make these ideas a reality. The top sheet was a tardis ring for a US customer and one of her most memorable personal commissions involved having an After Eight mint (with a bite taken out of it) cast in sterling silver, mounted with an emerald for a pendant.

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Collecting History finishes next week so if you have a story to contribute you have one more week to get it in! Thank you to all the people who have talked to me and left their stories on the blog and in the exhibition space. The exhibition ends Saturday 30th June at 5.30 and we have audio interviews to listen to, pictures of the Northern Quarter past and present, and fascinating snippets left behind by tenants, customers, local residents and visitors. This blog will continue to exist and the history collected informs the next exhibition at Manchester Craft & Design Centre. Crafting History runs from 14th July – 10th November 2012, read all about it here.

Birthday Gifts

Submitted by Jenny Beswick, via email
For my 50th Birthday in 2004, I wanted a silver bracelet from my husband as my gift. I wanted something I couldn’t get in any High Street jeweller and having been to MCDC a number of times with my daughter, I couldn’t think of anywhere better.
Ivor and I visited RA and found the perfect bracelet, also some ear rings to complement the bracelet. A few years later I was heartbroken to find that I had lost the bracelet. I searched the house from top to bottom and no luck, Ivor, however called at Tesco where we had been shopping earlier in the day to see if it had been handed in. Amazingly, it had, so next time I called in at MCDC, I took the bracelet with me and had a safety chain put on it in RA. It hasn’t happened since!
My very best wishes to everyone at MCDC, such a wonderful place to visit and shop.
Congratulations on the 30th Anniversary and continued success to all concerned.

Butterflies

Submitted by Helen Dickinson to the blog

As a child I loved butterflies, and still do. On my first visit to the centre a year or so ago I visited artist Lily Greenwood’s studio (Liz). A “special” birthday was approaching and I was taken with a print of one of her originals featuring butterflies. Hearing that Lily (Liz) undertook comissions I took the plunge and asked her to re-create her lovely painting incorporating my interpretation of what I saw in her wonderful original. We went on a journey to get to the finished piece and I now have the delightful painting hanging on my lounge wall at home to enjoy along with friends and family too. It always catches people’s attention and is a real talking point, particularly with what I and everyone else sees in it. The butterflies represented a turning point in my life and funnily enough what I saw in the painting is coming true……