I am massively happy to introduce you to my two shiny new stockists; Embrace Arts who are based in Leicester and Midas Arts who you can find in lovely Lincoln. Before I launch into all the detail I'd just like to say a massive thank you to John at Embrace Arts and the lovely Dee at Midas for giving me the chance to sell my wares with them... fingers crossed the sunshine is going down well in both locations!
So 'Tell me more!" I here you say... well ok then...
"Midas is a lovely little shop that has been based in Lincoln and run by Dee Barnes since 1999. The emphasis and ethos of the Midas shop is to exhibit well designed and beautifully made, contemporary craft and design pieces. A keen collector herself, Dee has a strong sense of colour, form and saleability and it is this individual style that makes Midas unique amongst other independent shops within the area. Dee now makes non precious jewellery that is sold throughout the UK and abroad. Dee feels that being both a maker and a retailer gives her a greater understanding of what the public desires whilst seeking out designer makers for Midas that are not normally found on the high street.
Midas displays the work of up to fifty makers at any one time, including: jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, cards and gifts, creating a range which is constantly changing. Recent graduates' works are comfortably displayed beside pieces from established designers."
You can find out more about Dee, her jewellery and Midas at www.midasarts.co.uk
"Embrace Arts is the University of Leicester’s multi-use inclusive arts centre, with a history of promotion and encouragement of engagement in the arts by people with disabilities. Open to all, its award-winning building houses a 120-seater performance area, three studios, and an exhibition gallery.
It has a diverse programme of performance and learning activity throughout the year, covering a wide range of art forms, primarily classical music, jazz, dance, comedy, theatre, live art, children’s theatre, crafts, the written word and visual arts. It is located 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre on Lancaster Road, at the edge of the main University of Leicester campus.
Championed by Lord Attenborough, it is one of only two purpose-built spaces in the East Midlands for the promotion of arts and disability. It fosters inclusive arts practice for artists, audiences and participants across all its performing and visual arts programming, both within the venue and in its outreach activities, which currently engages more than 45,000 people annually."
You can find out even more about Embrace Arts by popping over to www.embracearts.co.uk
So fancy a day trip or two? Well I think I've just given you two great places to head to... so get your road maps, thermos and picnic at the ready and get going... Toodlepip for now!