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Meet the Maker #2

This time we meet…. Kelly Quinzel who has some important words of wisdom from her great wealth of experience as an artist.


How are you finding the winter so far?

I am a morning person, usually I get out of bed at 7.30am. However, due to winter and the coldness, I find it difficult to get out of bed, but once I am out, I enjoy the walk in the park, as the weather been good, what I dislike would be winter plus bad weather.


What’s your favourite material to work with?

My favourite material to work with would be watercolour as it is lightweight and easy to take anywhere with me as I enjoy taking the time to do something for myself and it is necessary for the mind. Mark making on paper and using watercolour makes it easy to do so anywhere.


When did you start making things and how long have you been making things for?

Both of my parents have a background in art. My parents divorced when I was 3 years old and my mother raised me as a single parent and was very encouraging with my interest in art.


What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

Home (less) In The City.

This piece of work illustrates the recognisable landmarks in Manchester’s public spaces. As my project is about raising awareness of homelessness and addressing Manchester’s homeless problem, I organised a month-long hand embroidery workshop with Cornerstone Day Centre in the hope of gathering inspiration for my project. Exchanging my skill sets combines my specialist area in embroidery alongside working with vulnerable adults. It was important to gain the participants’ trust and I did not want to appear to be ‘taking’ from them. I proposed a workshop to teach them hand embroidery in exchange for their input on my project, which seemed fair. As it was my objective to gather different options addressing Manchester’s homeless problem.

In the start of the project I illustrated the visual images of the homeless on the street and it lost the sense of narrative within my work after working with vulnerable adults at Cornerstone Day Centre, then I realised they used art workshops to create light-hearted artworks and it gives them a more positive attitude throughout. What is special about this work is that it also illustrates the lively side of Manchester’s homeless community. This acts as a reminder to all of us that we all share the same city.

This caused a change in my project: to focus on the positive side of Manchester. Another change was moving these illustrations from the canvas to a wall hanging style – then I created a series of embroidery illustrations of Manchester which were embellished onto shirts. As I experimented with different types of garments, I found this series of clothing illustrates my best works.

As well as beautiful images, using garments is also my way of suggesting that donating unwanted clothing to homeless charities is a way many people can help with this issue.


Any new years resolutions?

I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions, as I can always improve myself, the moment I thought of it, I act upon it.


What do you do or tell yourself at times when you think, ‘Oh no, I don’t have enough time to do anything creative’?

I have a to do list for experimenting ideas, a list for daily tasks, a list for long term goals.  My to do list, it never ends.

This way, I can manage my time throughout the week without feeling over whelming with tasks. As I am a freelancer, as well as spending time on my commissions, I also make time for creating.


Any advice to other local creatives?

Create only what interests you in the way you choose to create it. Don’t change your approach to gain sales, popularity or acceptance. You will never do your best work if you do.


You can buy Kelly’s prints on our shop here, and of course at the Christmas market on the 9th December.


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The official launch of our weekly, pay-as-you-feel art-for-wellbeing drop-ins is this week!

This week we will be making collages, using a variety of paper materials, stamps and mark-making implements.

F-Art club will run every this week, and the following weeks, on Sundays at Dulcimer Bar, Chorlton, from 2-4pm.

The drop in is open for everyone, however as with our other work we are specifically looking to target those with long term health difficulties and/or disabilities.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and coffee is only £1.90!

Please don’t hesitate to message with any questions 🙂


Every week we will also have a variety of items from our online shop for sale – beautiful things made by local people!

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Come to our second SPOOOOOOKY sale!

Come along this Saturday 10-4.30pm to Coffee Cranks in Alexandra Park where will be hosting our second spooky sale of our fabulous artists’ wares, this time including new additions Becky Beighton and Jayne Pennington!

Come and suck up this beautiful view with us and purchase some lovely spooky seasonal gifts and support a local cooperative in the process.

“Remember, the big corporate shops don’t shout ‘Yay’ and do a jig when you buy one of their goods. We do. Make someone jig this Autumn!”

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Thank you to all our happy customers!

Phew, what a great day!

Thank you to everyone who came and purchased handmade goods and piece of art from our artists on Sunday at Dulcimer.


Artist Suzy Schwenk was a star all day and thank you to everyone else who came down to show your support.


Thank you also to superstar flamenco guitar player Tom Page for providing us with some gorgeous live music later in the afternoon.

We had some lovely work from the wonderful Becky Beighton @tit_ts which went down a storm.

Keep your eyes on this space, as more goodies will be uploaded onto our shop over the next few days.



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Launch Event // Art Sale // Family Activities // Live Music

It’s finally here!

Join us on the ground floor of kind Dulcimer in Chorlton this Sunday 14th October for our official CH+ launch event.

Everything on the website and many more exclusive items from our existing and new artists will be for sale on the day (cash only though, I’m afraid!)

There will be family-friendly art activities and live music from local Flamenco guitarist Tom Page from 3pm.

The event will last 12.30pm-5pm with £5 pizzas and non-booze + boozey drinks available.

If you want to sell your artwork please get in touch by Tuesday 5pm as we are running out of space on the stall already!