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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

2018 UPDATE - WE'RE BACK!

This blog will soon re-open for business to celebrate CUSTARD FACTORY OPEN STUDIOS 2018, which will happen on 3rd & 4th August. 

You'll find out who is participating ( new artists! ), our opening times, and see suggestions of other places to visit if you love art, or if you are an artist looking to join the community. Stay tuned, and bookmark this page!


View from the top floor, by Alexi K.

SEE OUR PREVIOUS OPEN STUDIO DAY, BELOW...

Saturday, 9 May 2015

WELCOME TO THE OPEN STUDIOS BLOG!

Hello! - This is the brand-new blog for all the information you will need about the forthcoming OPEN STUDIOS day at the CUSTARD FACTORY, BIRMINGHAM, on SATURDAY, MAY 16TH 2015. 

We will be adding more and more artists to these pages as the date approaches, so please book-mark this site to keep updated! Until then, please scroll down - !


CERAMICS BY EMILIE-KRISTE WILCOX

The work of Emily-Kriste Wilcox exudes calm and balance. Panels of clay are treated with layered coloured slips to achieve the desired depth of surface, making reference to the landscape.



Friday, 8 May 2015

CONTEMPORARY ART BY ZARINA KEYANI & ALEXI K / THE COBALT BLUE ART COLLECTIVE

Alexi K and Zarina Keyani are contemporary artists from multicultural backgrounds, whose work is notable by its strong colours and graphic innovation.

Regarding their art group The Cobalt Blue, Zarina says: ''We are a British and International group of contemporary artists based in the West Midlands and Worcestershire.  Working in a range of disciplines, including painting and sculpture, we artists form the core of ‘The Cobalt Blue Contemporary Arts’.  Our goals are to promote, and make accessible, Art in its many diverse forms both on-line and in real space with projects, pop up exhibitions, and via our artist-led spaces where work can be viewed by appointment.


Zarina Keyani: Untitled Land Series 2, Watercolour on Watercolour Paper, 51cm x 70cm



Alexi K: Untitled Abstract, Acrylic on canvas, 76cm x 101cm








SNEAKER CLUB BY ANT DOUGLAS

Sneaker Club focuses on easy and ready to wear handmade clothing sometimes fusing classic tailoring with new contemporary finishes and ideologies - not always sticking to the rule book of construction. The label was inspired by and created to celebrate different types of nomadic lifestyles.



TAPESTRIES BY TINA FRANCIS

After winning a box of embroidery patterns, Tina opened it to find it contained a whole woman’s life: From the cardigan she knitted in 1959, to the baby bootees and matinee jackets, through school uniforms and embroidery embellishments for the home, onto more detailed stitching and then back to modern patterns for baby bootees which may have been for her grandchildren.

This unknown woman had spent her whole life stitching love, she was a true artist.  Tina started to look at other "home crafts" and found that there was a whole army of artists who did not see themselves as such because stitching is "just something I do" - of all these crafts it was tapestry needlepoint that caught her eye.  


Above: An example of Tina's printed canvas designs

After finishing some second-hand tapestries from charity shops, Tina began designing her own range of kits and patterns and now has a small business stitching on the shoulders of these unknown women.

The 1970's, Wales and Scandinavia are all influences for her design led tapestry kits. Artistically her work using second-hand wool is exhibited regularly around the UK.

MOSAICS BY CLAIRE COTTERILL

Claire Cotterill is an award winning mosaic artist based at The Custard Factory. With a background in Fine Art, she has created mosaic installations to commission in education, private and public environments for over 18 years. Alongside commissions Claire teaches mosaic classes privately from her studio. 

For further information on commissions and classes go to Claire Cotterill Mosaics website. All queries welcome.

Below: Chili mosaic by Claire Cotterill


Monday, 4 May 2015

SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN BY ABIGAIL BORG

Abigail Borg is an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a love for hand drawn design, pattern and colour. She designs and sells her own range of wallpapers, fabrics, cushions and other home wares which are stocked in various stores and boutiques around the world. Her 'Friti' design received the award for 'Best British Pattern Design' by Elle Decoration at The British Design Awards.



Abigail also works as a freelance illustrator creating bespoke designs for textiles, packaging, editorial and hand painted murals for clients such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Laura Ashley, Kew Gardens and Zizzi Restaurants.

All Abigail Borg products are proudly designed, printed and made in the UK.


LUCY PRATT - ETHICAL SEAMSTRESS

As the age of fast fashion slowly catches up with itself, Lucy at Nothing New is one step ahead...with a vision to make the most of your wardrobe. Taking a fresh look at old garments and creating exciting and unique looks, just for you. Everything is done with a mindful approach using second-hand and sustainable resources.


Friday, 17 April 2015

PRINTS AND FABRICS BY EMMA HARDICKER

Emma Hardicker is a printmaker and painter. She produces stylised pattern based floral designs. Her work is inspired by nature walks around the Midlands, mixed with the excitement and energy of living in an urban city environment. She sketches her designs in the garden, then uses traditional silk-screen printing methods with a lot of experimenting and colour mixing to produce an eye-catching design.

Below: Winter ( print ).




Below: March of Spring ( print ).




Below: Spring - teal and olive cushions and olive shade ( fabric ).






Monday, 13 April 2015

CAT MARIE PORTRAITS



I'm Cat and i'm a Portrait Photographer, I specialise in Contemporary Fashion Style Portraits in my beautiful natural light studio based at the Custard Factory Birmingham.

I specialise in Makeover Portraits for Women, I love to photograph women and I see what a difference a beautiful photograph can make to someone's self esteem. Women can be so hard on themselves, we all go through the emotions of not liking what we see in the mirror, we see famous people on magazine covers and constantly compare ourselves to a media based ideal.  But as we all know these women have makeovers, stylists and photographers working to make them look cover worthy.

We all focus on the outside but I believe beauty starts from within and sometimes we all need to be reminded of how our loved ones see us. When we truly love someone we do not see the physically anymore, we only see the light that shines from inside them.



I know what beautiful looks like and I want to show this back to my clients. Glamorous Portraits are not something reserved just for the rich and famous, every woman can and should exist in beautiful images for themselves and for those that love them.


I invite women to come and enjoy a portrait session with me, it will change the way you see yourself.