Made in Kings Heath, a group of artists and designers with a Kings Heath connection, are opening their doors for their fourth annual Open Studios Art Trail on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November from 10-5pm and 10-4pm respectively. The event gives artists and residents the opportunity to meet, talk about their work and buy unique handmade items in the informal setting of the artists’ homes and studios. Four years ago I got together with felt-maker Emma Jackson to organise the first Made in Kings Heath using Emma’s home studio on Hazelhurst Road as the first venue.
“After the success of our first event, it was obvious people enjoyed discovering and supporting the artists and makers who live on their doorstep. We always provide a warm welcome with festive nibbles and drinks, and people are keen to see first hand where some of the artists actually make their work.”
Emma and I feel that the success of the event is reflected in its growth, “Last year we expanded to include more artists in the home of ceramic artist Katie Robbins, who had her studio available for tours, and this year we are delighted to have printmaker Ruth Green, hosting five artists at her home studio. We are also offering visitors who complete the artist trail the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win £50 to spend with the participating artists.”
The 2017 line up of artists includes:
Jewellers – Rita Patel and Miranda Sharpe, Knitwear designers – Sarah Hazell and Sara Fowles (of Stitches and Hos), Printmakers - Ruth Green and Emma Hardicker, Ceramic artists – Melanie Keevil and Katie Robbins, Mixed Media and Product designers – Giles Hughes and Monobrow Designs, Embroidery – Sue Bibby, Stained glass – Clare Wainwright, Feltmaker – Emma Jackson (Silversoles)
Further details of the venues, our artists and our work can be seen at www.madeinkingsheath.com