I got to take another day trip to Liverpool, and on my walk from the rail station to the Tate to pick up my brooch that had been on exhibit, I saw lots of fascinating things: you can see my photos here. I’ve got something quite interesting coming up soon, so I’ll be writing more about that in the next few weeks. Speak soon!
I’ve been so, so busy getting ready for my next show: Handmade in Britain, which will be happening in Bath this week, June 16-19. It looks like it will be an amazing show; I keep looking through the list of exhibitors and can’t wait to see all of their work in person!
Here’s a little look at things I’ve been doing to prepare:
You can see all of my new Precious Metal Collection on the Facebook page for Miriam Rowe Jewellery. I’d love to know what you think of the new pieces!
I’ll write again after the show and I’m sure I’ll have lots of photos of the whole process to share when I’m back. In the meantime, it’s back to my VERY large To Do list…
So it’s taken me a while to update, but I got some good news last week: I got the exhibition at the Tate Liverpool! I’ve never been to Liverpool before, so rather than mailing my piece to the Tate I decided I’d much rather take it there in person. I’m so glad I did!
I left around mid-morning (needed time to pop into the studio and print out a map of the city centre, just in case I got too hopelessly lost). It was a clear, sunny day, and since I’d never been over to that side of the country, it was perfect weather for viewing the scenery. I spent the whole 2 hours on the train listening to music and keeping my camera ready so I could snap photos of whatever interesting things I saw along the way [the Liverpudlian businessman sat across the aisle from me was obviously thinking, “What is wrong with this person?!”]
When I walked out of Lime Street Station, I saw the Walker Art Gallery, so of course I made a bit of a detour on my way to the Tate:
There’s a really excellent exhibition on at the gallery right now: glass artist has made a collection of glass dresses. They’re absolutely beautiful as objects, and looking at the gorgeous light-catching colours and forms made me wish I was brave enough (and tiny enough!) to wear one of them [which her artist statement says is exactly the sentiment she is battling against!] They have a whimsical sort of “Cinderella” feel, and they’re fascinating to look at.
After an enjoyable late morning in the Walker Art Gallery, I made my way through town, enjoying the sights and sounds. The Scouse accent is absolutely fantastic: there aren’t many British accents that I have a hard time deciphering any more, but a thick Liverpool/Scouse accent is definitely one of the ones that’s very difficult! I made my way to Albert Dock, where Tate Liverpool is located.
After dropping my piece off and getting to take a look around the exhibition space, I wandered around the Docks a bit more:
I had a great time wandering around, but there was a massively cold wind battering away:
The wind got so strong that I decided to make my way back to the station to catch my train back to Birmingham. On the walk back, I overheard a woman exclaiming, “Aaaaagh! The wind is blowing my earrings off: it’s going to take my eyelashes next!”
I like Liverpool.
I woke up this morning to some exciting news: my William Morris Brooch has been shortlisted for Tate Liverpool’s “New Perspectives” Exhibition!
I’ll keep you updated on what happens next- in the meantime, it’s another day at the studio for me, getting ready for Handmade in Britain, Bath. Bye for now!
I just got back from the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Design Space, the studio collective I’m a part of this year, paid for us to do the show, so the eighteen of us who are on the program went up to take part in it.
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about this show: I had spoken to a lot of different people about it, people who knew my jewellery and had been to the BCTF, and some seemed to think it would be a good venue for me, while others were convinced I shouldn’t even bother. I’ve never done a trade fair before, and if it hadn’t been for Design Space, I’m not sure I ever would have thought about doing one. I am so glad I got a chance to do it.
We got to the Yorkshire Events Centre on Saturday morning to set up our stand: with eighteen of us showing, our stand was by far the largest of the 300+ stands there!
It took ages to set everything up: we had to assemble all of the stands before putting out our pieces, postcards, price lists, and info.
Once we had everything out, it was absolutely stunning. It was so amazing to see eighteen completely different kinds of jewellery all on the same stand: there really was something for everyone!
The trade fair opened Sunday morning at 10:00. It was so crazy to think that after months and months of preparation I was finally here and it was finally starting! I really had no idea what to expect, but as soon as buyers and galleries came to the stand and started chatting, it was so easy to get into the flow and enjoy talking about my favourite thing: jewellery!
I spoke to several galleries who are interested in what I’m doing, so I’ll be chatting with them and hopefully getting several new places where my work will be sold very soon: I’ll update you on that as things are finalised.
If you missed the last post and want to see which pieces I exhibited at the BCTF, you can see that here