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.

The Resident Craft Cow, Mods and Rockers

Submitted by Amy Wilkinson, from studio 1 via email:
I miss our resident craft cow! He used to be in the garden at the front of the building. From the Manchester cow parade. I think he was left behind? I love this picture of him in the snow, it really brought out his colours! (I think he is a he?!)
Amy also sent in a photo of a mod invasion from 2009 which reminded me of another photo I’d picked up of some of the vintage cars at a Teddy Boy meet on the other side of MCDC in 2011. The Northern Quarter certainly attracts a diverse group of people with a common yearning for the values and aesthetics of the past, be it vintage or subculture fashion, craft beers and real ales. Investing in hand crafted objects fits into this landscape with customers, visitors, tenants and staff all investing in the valuable emotional and historic connection made between maker and product, item and owner.

Fibre – Studio 17

Submitted by Jessica Livsey of Fibre,

9 Years on!

Can’t believe how time has flown by. After graduating in 2002, thefollowing summer we set up fibre. Originally there were 4 of us, then3 and now just 2 sharing the studio under two seperate businesses.Jessica Owen with Northern Scapes and myself Jessica Livsey carryingon with the original name of ‘fibre’. It was a rush to get up and running after moving in in the june of2003. We were given two weeks deadline to be open for business. Afterknocking down the wall dividing our two studios, so it was one bigspace, we quickly got things started.
I’ve just found some old images of the day we opened! Ha we look soyoung and our shop looks so bare!
Happy memories of starting up at the Craft Centre in 2003