5:57 am - Tue, Jul 8, 2014
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Sketchpad Artist: Daniel Russell

Daniel Russell is one of the 11 artists to design a cover for our new Sketchpad range. Based in Islington Mill, Daniel is a multidisciplinary designer and one third of Risograph print collective Mono.

We spoke to Daniel to find out a bit more about his work.

Tell us about your sketchbook cover?

I originally did a cover based on the Bristol Stool Chart, as I thought I was producing a drawing for…

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9:40 am - Fri, Jul 4, 2014

Liverpool Biennial

The Liverpool Biennial opens tomorrow and we’re looking forward to taking a trip over and seeing all that they have on offer. With exhibitions, events, talks and participatory events Liverpool will be awash with art and creative goings on until the 26 October.


This year the Biennial exhibition is titled Needle Walks into a Haystack and spans the Bluecoat, FACT, The Old Blind School, Tate…

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5:57 am

The Fred Aldous World Tour: America All Stars

It’s Independence Day today and our friends across the pond will be partying like it’s 1776! In honour of the star spangled banner we’re turning the spotlight on some of our American All Stars right here in Freds:

#1 Field Notes

Field Notes are a firm favourite for stationary worshippers and notebook addicts. The Draplin Design Company of Portland and Chicago’s Coudal Partners saw the fading…

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9:12 am - Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Ministry of Craft: Stop! Hama Time!

This week, the Ministy of Craft show us that Hama Beads aren’t just for rainy days or kids!

“We, the office team at Ministry of Craft, have six children under eight between us. Consequently Hama beadsare a big part of our lives and the perfect rainy day activity. But who said it was just kids that get all the Hama bead action?  With a fab range of fun colours, (including glow in the dark!) and…

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4:30 am - Fri, Jun 27, 2014
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We Love Jennie Maizels Letters!

With our recent typography craze, thanks to Amy Rodchester’s amazing window display, we thought we’d have to tell you about Jennie Maizels and her fantastic new iron on patch letters.

We Love Jennie Maizels Letters!

With our recent typography craze, thanks to Amy Rodchester’s amazing window display, we thought we’d have to tell you about Jennie Maizels and her fantastic new iron on patch letters.

5:18 am - Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Ministry of Craft Summer Sale

The lovely ladies at Ministry of Craft are offering first dibs on their summer sale!


There’s £5 off all and any of these courses when entering code SUMMER5 at the checkout:

Mix and Mould: Modern resin jewellery (5 July only)
Sew Simple: Introduction to hand embroidery
Knit It Now: Stunning wire beaded jewellery
Sew your own knickers!
Sew a gorgeous girls dress
Sweets & Treats: Fimo & shrink plastic…

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11:33 am - Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Meet a Maker / John Powell-Jones

John Powell-Jones, a printmaker based in Manchester, is one of the ten local artists who have created a set of limited edition covers for our own sketchpad range.  John’s practice incorporates illustration with fine art and draws heavily from his knowledge and experience of traditional print processes. He runs his own print studio in Islington Mill Studios, Salford, where he produces his own work…

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7:32 am - Sat, Jun 21, 2014

Meet a Maker / Colette Hazelwood

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This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Colette Hazelwood. Colette is based at the Manchester Craft and Design Centreand has been producing contemporary jewellery in silver, platinum and gold since 2000. She works closely with her customers to help them realise their ideas; creating jewellery for gifts, weddings, civil ceremonies and much more. Alongside creating wearable jewellery,…

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7:26 am

Ministry of Craft: Let Me Give You A Little Tip

This weeks slice of advice comes from Ministry of Craft:


“If you have a pair of fine dressmaking scissors such as these amazing Janome XN5250S Pro Ser Tailors(which we use in our studios), you must never ever EVER cut paper with them! It will dull the blades and stop them from cutting your fabric so neatly and cleanly. You must also never ever EVER let your husband cut the stems of flowers with…

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9:22 am - Wed, Jun 18, 2014

Spotlight on: Pip Seymour



We have recently started stocking Pip Seymour Acrylic Paint and Mediums. Made by Pip and his team in North Yorkshire we think these paints are something to shout about. The paints are created using the best natural raw materials, creating a highly pigmented professional quality acrylic. With a background as an artist and lecturer, it was important for Pip that his paints were of a high…

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