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Merseyside Creative Entrepreneurs

Group for creative enterpreneurs in Liverpool and the Merseyside region. We also recommend: http://www.kin2kin.co.uk

Location: Merseyside, UK
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Comment by Olga Baroseva on July 25, 2012 at 8:47

Hi guys,I am new on here.I am a student just finished my 1st year and I am into cardmaking,the hobby which I am hoping to turn into a small business.Join me on Twitter https://twitter.com/Baroseva 


Comment by Carol Ryder on March 2, 2012 at 14:32

Hello everyone! I'm finally on Twitter, so if anyone would like to follow me, you can do so here: https://twitter.com/#!/carolryder


Comment by Frank Collins on November 22, 2011 at 12:15

Design Initiative Marketing Seminar
29th November 2011
2.00pm to 5.00pm

The seminar will take place at:
Design Initiative
Unit 101
Tea Factory
82 Wood Street
L1 4DQ

Dr. Rachel Smart will be leading this session which is aimed at design businesses that wish to assess their current strategy and marketing in order to drive both their creative and business strategy forwards.

Through the session your current ideas will be reevaluated, challenged and tuned to enable you to be more focused in the future. With a clearer idea of what you would like to achieve you are more likely to get there through all forms of communication associated with your business including social media.

During the session you will understand how to plan a strategy that is possible and realistic, consider how your product or service will develop over the next 5 years, become more tuned to markets for developing a sustainable income, feel more confident about finances by understanding what you, and your product (or service) are worth, and meet other people to share ideas and create a network of support.

About Dr Rachel Smart
Since 2000 Dr Rachel Smart has been advising commission and product based design businesses, teaching design management and entrepreneurship at MA level for a number of educational institutions and providing professional practice seminars to organisations including Crafts Council, Craft Central, Arts Council and Design Initiative, Design Nation. She is currently Chair of London Printworks Trust. Rachel trained as a designer, completed an MBA and was director of an architectural practice and also completed a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London researching design entrepreneurship. www.rachelsmart.com

We anticipate that this will be a busy session and booking your place is essential. Please contact Julie Colligan on 0151 709 1566 or email julie@designinit.org.uk to reserve your place.

Please note that due to funding for this event, priority will be given to Liverpool based creative businesses. It is free to Liverpool based businesses. A fee of £5 will be charged for non Liverpool based businesses.

Comment by Abscraft on September 3, 2011 at 16:36

Just updating various blogs about forthcoming shows

mine about the Wirral Open Studio Tour on the 24th and 25th of September, the WOST blog where I am featuring one or 2 of the 34 exhibiting artists who are involved in the tour and eventually will get round to the Oxton Art Fair blog for the annual show in November, I am not showing this year but hope to back in 2012, but helping to promote it for them out of the goodness of my heart, LOL...no really, it is a great show and needs promoting..this year there are several guests artists who have been invited while a few of us old timers take a well earned rest to recharge our batteries! The work I have seen impresses me, Sian Bailey in particular - illustrator of such refinement and detail, also Mike Burns whose digitally enhanced photos of Liverpool already adorn my walls, Rachael Howard's screen printed illustrations on ties and cushions reflecting modern life, I could go on....

Comment by Roy Jones on August 26, 2011 at 12:55
Comment by Frank Collins on June 30, 2011 at 16:34

If you are a designer, and wish to exhibit alongside these top names, applications are still open through to 15th July 2011. Details are available from our website www.liverpooldesignfestival.com/design-show

The annual celebration of contemporary design and catwalk fashion returns for its third year.

Following last year’s great success with visitors and exhibitors alike the Design Show has been extended to 3 days this year in the stunning neo-classical surroundings of the Grade 1 listed St Georges Hall. Around 100 independent designer makers of furniture, ceramics, lighting, jewellery and fashion will be showing their work, discussing their skills and selling their creations to an expected 5000 visitors. (Ticket info www.liverpooldesignfestival.com)

The Key Exhibitors this year are;

Tatty Devine –Handmade in England, Tatty Devine is famous for its inventive and creative jewellery. They have been commissioned to create catwalk pieces as well as high street collections and enjoy cult status in Japan, America and Australia as well as Europe. Listed by Dazed and Confused as one of the top 50 coolest brands worldwide this is their first visit to Liverpool. Design Show visitors can have fun creating their own accessories in Tatty Devine’s weekend workshops.

Curiousa and Curiousa – Esther Patterson produces elegant lamps and lighting from hand blown glass and bone china. Drawing on her background in graphic design Esther also creates surface patterns for fabric and these were recently featured on BBC2’s ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’.

Kirsty Hull – one of the big successes at last year’s Design Show, Kirsty is an up and coming Cheshire based furniture designer and upholsterer who breathes new life into traditional designs with her unique hand embroidered fabrics. Whether rescuing old furniture or working with new solid mahogany frames all Kirsty’s pieces are handmade using traditional methods.

Thorsten Van Elten – Theo is the new eclectic and inspirational online shop brought to you by Thorsten van Elten who has been producing icon design-led objects such as the Pigeon Light, Antlers and Plant Cup since 2002.Theo launched in July 2010 and sells mainly British and Central European products which have a long lasting quality and aesthetic. Their motto is: Buy less…but buy better!

Lazerian – Manchester based artist Liam Hopkins creates breathtaking furniture and lamps precision cut from cardboard and plywood with a wood router . These beautiful sculptural pieces draw crowds to wonder at how they defy the limitations of such prosaic materials.

There will also be the premiere of the A/W 2011 collection from Claudette Joseph on the catwalk. Claudette can count Helen Mirren and Julie Christie as customers, and her latest collection combines influences and inspirations from the 1940′s featuring strong lines with a colour palette of white, chartreuse, navy and soft rose. The Design Show gives visitors an exclusive opportunity to meet Claudette and order or buy directly from her as her clothes are not available in shops or boutiques in the North West. www.claudettejoseph.co.uk

Explaining the ethos at the heart of the Liverpool Design Festival, Director Tara Badami, said;

“We want to inspire and excite designers and public alike by providing a platform and a focus on the very best in contemporary design.”

During the four day festival there will be a Design Trail for the intrepid and not-so-intrepid design consumer to follow across the city, offering opportunities to view exhibitions and installations of high quality work from textiles in the suburbs of Crosby and Kirkby, to photography, furniture and fashion in city centre stores. Partnering again with other Liverpool venues committed to contemporary design, the Design Trail will also highlight exhibits at the Bluecoat, the Tate and FACT.

During the Design Show there will be an exhibition of work by winners and runners up in Design Stars – a competition for school pupils which aims to encourage the designers of the future by participating in workshops with professionals. Last year’s categories were product, surface pattern and video game design.

The Design Festival and show are run by Design Initiative which is an industry body and charity based in Liverpool and Manchester. It works to support independent designers, helping them to promote their work and provide professional development through talks, seminars and conferences. The Design Festival and Show are made possible with the financial support of the City of Liverpool and Arts Council England.

Comment by Frank Collins on April 15, 2011 at 12:24

About The Festival

6th – 15th October 2011
The Liverpool Design Festival was launched in November 2009 as a new annual design and contemporary craft festival in Liverpool. It is major project managed by Design Initiative with support from Liverpool City Council and Arts Council, England.

About The Design Show

7th - 9th October 2011
The Design Show will be the signature event of the Festival and aims to showcase the best in contemporary design from the North West and the rest of the UK. It will present a selection of exciting and inspiring interior products, glass, ceramics, furniture, lighting, jewellery, textiles and designer fashion and fashion accessories.

Call For Entries
The Call For Entries application pack can be downloaded here. Alternatively, if you want a pack emailing to you please email Frank Collins with your contact details and the pack will be emailed or posted to you.

We now have two standard exhibition shell schemes, complete with power, lighting and name board. Stands at 2m x 1m and 3m x 1m, will be available and you’ll be able to purchase additional square metres to create bigger stands. We can also offer you a space only option allowing you to create and install your own stand.

We now have a choice of stand types; fabric covered walls, slatted walls and MDF walls.

The deadlines for applications and price points:

Apply before May 31st and if you’re selected you’ll qualify for the Early Bird Offer of a standard shell scheme of 2m x 1m at £250 and 2m x 1m at £290.

Prices will revert to the standard charge of £300 per 2m x 1m shell scheme and £360 for a 3m x 1m shell scheme, if you successfully apply after May 31st

A standard fee of £60 per additional square metre is chargeable for stands over 3m x 1m.

We welcome applications from group exhibitors and stand sharers conditional on all exhibitors on the stand being successfully selected by the panel.

For more information: www.liverpooldesignfestival.com

The Design Show is part of Liverpool Design Festival which will run from 6 - 15 October. If you would like to hold an event as part of the Festival, please contact Julie Colligan julie@designinit.org.uk
Comment by Abscraft on October 10, 2010 at 15:12

All welcome - Wirral gets connected!
Comment by Abscraft on October 10, 2010 at 15:11
Comment by Abscraft on September 22, 2010 at 23:05
Attention all Wirral based creative types
You are invited to our "WITH THESE HANDS" meeting at the Six Rooms Gallery, Monday 4th of October 10 am - 12 noon
Bring something to sit on and bring something to drink (loads of coffee shops nearby)
The Six Rooms Gallery open at 11.30 26 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, pay parking on street or bus stops nearby or closest train station to Hamilton Square.
An opportunity to chat with other like-minded folks and also view the gallery set up by Theresia and all her team that came out of the discussions at the "With These Hands" meetings. We have been meeting on and off for 18 months now and lots of projects and collaborations have been spawned by the interactions in the group.

This maybe the last chance to see the current exhibition by Group One in The Six Rooms before it changes to Group Two which will house even more work by people from our network. The second show will open on the 8th of October and the 3rd group show will be in place from the 4th of November. Bring flyers of any current exhibitions that you are exhibiting in or any information about projects or workshops.

There are lots of lunch venues nearby for those who want to turn the meeting into a longer visit.

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