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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Rag exhibitions and wire workshop

Alison Bailey Smith has been working with recycled materials in her craft practice for over 20 years and has recently been teaching rag rugging with great success at the Williamson Art Gallery through Wirral Lifelong Learning. Principal museums officer, Colin Simpson has asked Alison to mount an exhibition of her students work and this will be on show from mid November until the end of the year. Students were encouraged to use old tee-shirts, even old socks to produce wonderful prodded and hooked rugs.

She will also being conducting a recycled wire accessories workshop at the Williamson as part of their Christmas Gift making series on the 15th of November for £60 includes materials. The workshop will offer an opportunity to experiment with wire. Participants will learn basic jewellery methods and textile methods with recycled wire and how to combine recycled plastic, metal and fabric to great effect. No experience necessary. Booking essential through the gallery 0151 652 4177. Alison will be conducting a similar workshop at The Atkinson Gallery, Southport in February, details of costs and date to be confirmed.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Merry Christmas from Abscraft

In the last few days before you know what - thought I would do a final sales pitch. 

My jewellery on sale at Williamson Art Gallery today only (Sunday) until 5pm ( gallery shut until New Year), the Stables Gallery in Brimstage (open every day from 10.30-5.30 and 4 on Christmas Eve), Seagrass Studio Gallery in Hoylake ( Closed Sunday. Open Mon 23rd and Tues 24th from 12 0'clock until 3pm) and Lark Lane Artworks ( will add in the details when I get them from Alex Corina).

Been a busy year, not wholly for Abscraft - (that really kicked off for the last quarter of the year) but for my other work in curating with the Momentary Art Project in New Brighton, the ever expanding and evolving de-junk, and in the first part of the year with my work with 2Bio at MerseyBIO. it is ending with increased activity with my voluntary position with the Friends of the Williamson. 

I have exciting plans for the year ahead with a commerative quilt and rag rug with Wirral Methodist Housing and great ideas with the others with the Momentary Art Project with Neptune, The light Cinema and the Floral. 

Looking forward to Christmas like never before and also to 2014. So my very best wishes to you and yours. Be healthy, happy and energised!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Mersey Jewellers MJMAN will Sparkle

Sparkle 2013

The Bluecoat will be twinkling with “Sparkle” when the Mersey Jewellers and Metal Artists Network display their jewellery and metal work, on the weekend of the 7th & 8th December 2013 in the arts centre off Church Street, Liverpool.There will be a range of styles, techniques and materials, from intricate enamel and colourful aluminium to delicate wire work and stunning precious metals with prices suitable for stocking fillers up to the ultimate unique Christmas gift. The display will be open from 10.30 to 5pm on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of December in the foyer space.

The MerseyJewellers and Metal Artists Network (MJMAN) is a group of independent jewellers and metal artists working within Merseyside, originally set up in 1994 for mutual support, promotion and to encourage the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. These aims remain important today but as a group MJMAN has decided to disband in 2014 which will mark our 20th anniversary.  The group of independent jewellers and metal artists from Liverpool, Wirral and throughout Merseyside has exhibited widely throughout the Northwest with themed exhibitions and the much anticipated annual Christmas sale “Sparkle” , but the current members of MJMAN are busy exhibiting nationally and internationally so the decision to close the group and have a final retrospective in 2014 was made earlier this year. This will be the final Christmas exhibition for the collective.

One of the original members of MJMAN, award winning enameller, Ruth Ball from Southport said of the forthcoming display “I was there at the first meeting of MJMAN in 1994 and I am really sad that this is the final sparkle as it is always a wonderful display  but I am looking forward to the possibility of a retrospective in 2014 to celebrate 20 dazzling years". Ruth will be at SPARKLE with MJMAN to chat about her work and display recent pieces.


Members from past and present will be displaying their collections for 2 days only in the Bluecoat and all works will be for sale. The exhibiting jewellers and metal artists artists are Ruth Ball, Judith Brown, Anne Crabtree, Emma Farnworth, Elaine Jenkins, Linda Jeanne Jones, Julia Lightfoot, Laura Naylor, Alan Phillips, Alison Bailey Smith, Barry Swerdlow, Anthony Wong and Lisa Waldman.