It’s that time of year, when Christmas exhibitions are in full swing and this year I was delighted to receive and invitation to exhibit as a ‘Special’ exhibitor by Dazzle Exhibitions at Manchester Museum and Art Gallery.
There is a wide range of stunning designers work on show consisting of a main exhibitor section with 47 makers including some of my personal favorites whose work I admire:
There is also a ‘Dazzle Extra’ section showcasing work from Kirsty Eaglesfield, a young designer/silversmith based in Edinburgh, Deirdre Hawken a designer/maker of couture headpieces using traditional millinery techniques, Nuno textiles is showing a selection of wearable scarves and Angela O’Kelly combines textiles and sculpture within her jewellery pieces.
I am in good company within the ‘Specials Exhibitor’ section showing alongside;
Enamel Jeweler, Stacey Bentley
Sally Grant maker of beautiful floral and naturalistic inspired jewellery
Quirky jeweler of pieces with moving parts, Timothy Information Limited
Cristina Zani who uses natural and painted wood with precious and non-precious metals in her jewellery.
and there of course is Kathryn Partington, (Myself!) a jeweler for those that don’t know my work using a diverse range of materials exploring pattern, texture and form.
The work that is on show is retrospective of current, existing and evolving ranges.
One range entitled ‘Ethereal’ is my signature and most successful collection to date, inspired by a 1890 Victorian tableware surface pattern design evolutionary from work produced during my MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products at Birmingham School of Jewellery.
Another collection is entitled ‘The Queen of Diamonds’ inspired by the momentous occasion and celebrations of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
And another is entitled ‘Fragments Above’ – inspired by the ornate decorations ceiling within Christchurch, Oxford.
Dazzle is on until 12 January 2014.
Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Thursdays 10am to 9pm
Fridays 10am to 6pm
Christmas opening times – Closed 24,25,26 & 31 December and 1 January.
There is still time to have a look for some Christmas gifts or just to browse beautiful handmade jewellery and products to inspire and adore!
What do you think?
If your visiting or living in Manchester and have the chance to take a look, I’d love to know your thoughts, please feel free to comment below;
and… thanks for reading!
- ‘Heart of the Heat’ – Contemporary Enamel Exhibition (kathrynpartington.wordpress.com)
- 1930′s inspired Jewels to Star in Milly Winter’s Music Video (kathrynpartington.wordpress.com)
- Dazzle (carlysj.wordpress.com)