Category Archives: Exhibitions& Shows

Made in Kings Heath 2016 Invitation


Autumn has definitely arrived with falling leaves, frost and beautiful blue skies and so has November. That means this month also welcomes the return of our annual Made in Kings Heath open studio Christmas fair. We would love to invite you to come along on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November to share a glass or two of mulled wine and festive nibbles. This year we have expanded to include two open studios and yet more Kings Heath linked artists, designers and makers for you. You can find out more about the artists participating this year and and the event at




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Made in Kings Heath 2015 Invitation


We are very excited to announce the dates for our second Made in Kings Heath Christmas Fair. Once again we are opening our studio doors and inviting you to come along to join us in a glass of mulled wine and festive treats whilst enjoying a friendly start to this year’s search for unique Christmas gifts.

This year in addition to Melanie Keevil and Emma Jackson (Silversoles), we are delighted to have textile artist Jane Bradsaw and jeweller Sarah Carlton- Gray as our guests, exhibiting their locally produced art and designs.

Pop in any time over the weekend;

Saturday 28th November 11am – 5pm and Sunday 29th November 11am – 4 pm

Venue: Silversoles Studio, 129 Hazelhurst Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6 AG

Direction: Silversoles Studio is at the rear of the house at 129 Hazelhurst Road, which is situated at the Featherstone Road end of Hazelhurst Road, (from the road on the right hand side, woodwork painted blue). Reach the Studio via the garden door on the right hand side of the house, following the signs to the rear of the garden to the studio.

Travelling by – Bus: No. 50 bus from town/ to / Kings Heath High Street. The stop is opposite the doctors surgery & Featherstone / Tenbury Road junction. Cross the Alcester Road and walk up Featherstone Road, turn right onto Hazelhurst Road. 129 is half way on left hand side. (Walk max 5mins).

Walk/Cycling: From Kings Heath High Street walk down Vicarage Road, turn left onto All Saints Road and take the first right onto Hazelhurst Road. Continue down Hazelhurst Road crossing Howard Road and Tenbury Road junctions. 129 Hazelhurst is on the right.

Car: Sat Nav users post code is B14 6AG. If coming from north / central / east follow directions to Kings Heath join Alcester Road A435, turn in to Featherstone Road and onto Hazelhurst Road. If coming from west join the A4040 and follow directions to Kings Heath. At the junction with Red Lion turn right at second traffic lights onto Howard Road. Follow Howard Road to second exit on right, turn on to Hazelhurst Road, cross Tenbury Road. 129 fifth house on the right.

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BCTF 2015: British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate

A number of people ask how and where I sell my work, so I thought I would write a short blog on one of the ways I do this. As well as selling directly at retail and craft fairs, online and from open studio events,  I also attend trade fairs.

This April I made my annual visit north to Harrogate, to attend the British Craft Trade Fair. This is a three day event where I display current work and share my new collections as Silversoles. The event gives me an opportunity to meet buyers (from retail outlets, museum representatives and gallery owners), who are looking for work to show in their exhibition programmes or stock in their outlets.

It’s a wonderful event, organized by Margeret Bunn and her team with attendance by selection. Only UK makers can take part with all work having to be made in Britian. It has been an honour and privilege to exhibit my work at BCTF along some of the best makers in the UK, producing exceptionally skilled work of such a high standard.

We arrived on Saturday morning to set up and transform the bare shell scheme, ( see below). Initially the walls have a clean, then we start installing furniture, electric cabling and lighting ( thanks Dad), before beginning the process of displaying the work.

Starting with an empty shell scheme and in boxes…


Beginning with the empty shell scheme…

Transformed to this…..


The space transformed and ready for the show to open on Sunday






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made at mac: Exhibition

Student samplers for made at mac:textiles exhibition invitation 2014

Student samplers for made at mac:textiles exhibition invitation 2014

This week we’ll be hanging the fantastic work created by my  wonderful students, who attend the Paper, Fabric & Stitch, ready for their exhibition opening on Friday 23rd January 2015.

Made onsite at mac in the textiles studio, the artwork in the exhibition demonstrates the process of creating  and shares the expereinces of the students.  The course is a practical exploration of surface design, delivered through a combination of demonstrations and exercises, encouraging the learners to develop their own creative language.

The students worked extremely hard last term to produce work inspired by the theme Edible. Their original print designs use a range of techniques including block and screnprinting on paper and fabric, and many are then embellished with hand and machine embroidery. It would be great if you visit the exhibition & if you do please tell me what you thought.

Example sketchbook form Paper, Fabric & Stitch course for made at mac:textiles exhibtion

Example sketchbook by Sara Packer from the Paper, Fabric & Stitch course for made at mac:textiles exhibtion

Preview: Friday 23rd January 2105, 6-8pm, Studio Gallery, mac, Birmingham Please RSVP Marcia Springer, Senior marketing & Communications Officer at;

made at mac: textiles exhibtion runs from Saturday 24th  January – Sunday 3rd May 2015 in the Studio Gallery, First Floor, mac, Birmingham. Free entry.

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