Designers Eclectic

Designers Eclectic - Studio 21
Manchester Craft & Design Centre
17 Oak Street
Northern Quarter
M4 5JD

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Calling all students and graduates……

Enter our ‘Design a Laser cut Christmas Decoration’ competition in collaboration with &made in Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

The lucky winner will win three hours laser cutting time at Laserlea plus you will be able to showcase and sell your designs at the beautiful &made at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

The rules are simple: - Design a contemporary Christmas decoration that can be created using a laser cutter.  Think fun, quirky, sleek and cool.


The Christmas decoration must be able to be laser cut/engraved in its final form, but we will accept a hand made model for entry.

Entries must be in both physical and electronic format.  Electronic entries can be emailed to or put on to a CD (name stated on CD) enclosed with the physical model.  

Physical entries can be entered by post or hand delivered to: Laserlea, Hotspur House, 1 Gloucester Street, Manchester, M1 3QF or &Made, Studio 21. Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD

Materials you can laser – Wood, acrylic, felt, leather, paper, card,

Files excepted are Adobe Illustrator, Coral Draw, DXF.
Deadline – 21st November 2012


The competition is only open to students and recent graduates ( Up to 2 years from graduation).

Entries must be your own work. No bought/borrowed or third party models allowed.

For more information go to www.facebook/  Contact: Tel. 0161 408 3558



Rather than buying the same old mass produced high street stuff this Christmas why not shop for original, affordable and contemporary gifts from independent designer-makers in the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter.

Visit the Manchester Craft & Design Centre this Saturday (26th November) from 2pm-5pm for a free, family-friendly event with Christmas cocktails, craft activities, live music and personal shoppers on hand to make sure you find that special gift.

You can purchase my work from the Designers Eclectic studio on the 1st floor.

The Craft & Design Centre will also open on Sundays in December from 11am-5pm. 


I have reserved my beautiful christmas present this year from the talented Jane Dzisiewski, Designers Eclectic (Studio 21, @ManchesterCraft ). This GORGEOUS green oval resin stone is mine all mine! It has been set into a silver casing with silver ball chain and gold T bar fastening…I LOVE IT! 


We are delighted to announce that Catherine Chester’s work is now available in Designers Eclectic.

Catherine is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University in 3D Design with an additional year in Creative Business Development. She has a studio at AWOL.

Catherine’s work has been selected for the prestigious Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair which takes place 20-23 October 2011 in Spinningfields, Manchester.

LUCY ELSIE HARVEY - Observer Magazine 24.7.11

A pair of Lucy’s vintage pen nib earrings made ‘The Lust List’ in today’s edition of the Observer Magazine. Alas, there wasn’t a credit in sight, other than a a link to the Artfund website where there was no sign of the earrings in question.

There is however a similar pair in the Designers Eclectic studio, and these will now be placed on a velvet cushion.

UPDATE: link is now working and Lucy’s earrings are back in stock!

We are speechless. Our thoughts are with Norway.

We are speechless. Our thoughts are with Norway.

There are lots of exciting plans in store for Designers Eclectic over the coming months. We will be introducing some new makers and working on our website (long overdue). Already installed in the studio is work by Lucy Elsie Harvey, which is proving very popular.

Lucy was on the 2010 Crafts Council UK Hothouse Programme. She is currently working with this collective, on a joint exhibition of their work which will take place at Pitzhanger Manor House, Ealing - Portraits In The Making (21st Sep - 12th Nov 2011), curated by Greg Parsons. There are seventeen makers in total from different disciplines, all exploring the process of making in response to Pitzhanger Manor. They are recording their respective journeys on a blog, and you can also follow Hothouse 2010 on Facebook and Twitter.

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Written by Katy Cowan on Tuesday 12th July 2011

Jane Dzisiewski from Designers Eclectic has had a very busy few months working on her jewellery showcase for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and has been recording her progress on her blog.

As part of the KE-Las programme (Knowledge Exchange in Laser Engineering), she has been working with the engineers at Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre, learning about new techniques and processes and allowing these to inform her design development on site specific projects.

Jane’s work has been selected for both the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and Made by Hand and she has recently been accepted into the Crafts Council UK Hothouse programme for emerging makers.

One of the founding members of Designers Eclectic, Carly Townsend has left us for pastures new. Carly will be continuing to make jewellery and we all wish her well. Contact details are as follows:-

Carly Townsend Jewellery


Mobile: 07835 796 265




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Michelle Appleton - Designers Eclectic 

Textile artist Michelle Appleton has had some great news this week - her work has been selected for ‘HANDMADE BOOK - Series 1' by Handmade in Britain. 

Michelle has also recently set up a Facebook page and her website is now up and running - a fantastic effort for a self confessed technophobe!

Manchester Craft & Design Centre - ON THE WIRE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

Are you a designer or maker wanting to exhibit in Manchester? 

'On The Wire' is a new opportunity at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, which will allow a selection of artists to hang their work from a wire in the beautiful entrance area.  This opportunity is open to any maker working in the UK in any material. 

Deadline: June 24th 

A new promotional video by Ed Baptist showing Manchester Craft & Design Centre (home of Designers Eclecticin the city’s Northern Quarter.

And there’s is the lovely Stephanie Brown sat in our studio hard at work too!

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