Friday, 30 March 2012

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures' talent win IDEA Birmingham showcase

A very nice piece recently in the always insightful and entertaining Birmingham Post blog by Beverley Nielsen. Beverley is spearheading the IDEA Birmingham initiative. This future showcase at Birmingham’s Mailbox will feature much of the region’s innovative design talent.

And, we are absolutely thrilled to see so many of the alumni (!) of Interiors & Lifestyle Futures’ Discovery, Visioning and Venture programmes have made the grade following a rigorous Dragon’s Den-style grilling.

Congratulations to Alev Dervish (Coco’s Closet), Stephanie Parker (Made of Memories), Jo Hancox (Sit on My Face), Alina and Ammara Masood (Cofi Coo), Sara Page (Sara Page Design), Kate Farley, Hannah Fewtrell –Bolton, Angela Burman (Angela Burman Fine Art), Penelope Jordan and Dorota Grabkowska.

“It is emerging talent like this as well as our established brands that IDEA Birmingham is aiming to showcase at the forthcoming Birmingham Design EXPO 15th-22nd June, at the Mailbox Birmingham,” writes Beverley.
Children's brand Cofi Coo launched through the ILF Venture start up programme 

“For the 20 or so young people that we saw at our Dragon's Den event as part of the IDEA Birmingham project last week we are looking, most of all, to give our aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to 'just do it' and have a go. But we want to ensure that they do this with some focused support helping them to make the most of their prodigious talent ,” adds Beverley

Jo Hancox

Here: to find out more about the individuals and to read Beverley’s Birmingham Post piece in full
Here: for more about IDEA Birmingham


Monday, 26 March 2012

Summer 2012, short courses - technical workshops

Once again, the School of Jewellery in Birmingham is offering a range of its in-demand, short, technical workshops.  Importantly, you don’t have to be working in jewellery to benefit from many of the courses.

As well as  a series of short workshops running between 25 June and  3 August 2012, a number of bespoke courses are available at times to suit  individuals.

“These courses offer the opportunity to anyone involved in the jewellery world or other creative industries to learn highly specialised techniques and approaches in a relatively short time frame. In keeping with our reputation we have once again engaged some of the very best tutors from industry and academia,” says Gay Penfold, Manager of the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre.

School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University

For times and costs of specific courses, please see the schedule and brochure below on Slideshare.

To book or for enquiries, please ring Dawn Meaden-Johnson 0121 248 4584, Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays ( 9.30am to 2.30pm).

Thursday, 15 March 2012

I & L Futures birthday celebration/exhibition 21 March

This is just to remind everyone that our third birthday celebration-exhibition takes place on Wednesday 21 March.

All members of the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures community are welcome to join us at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.

The timetable for the event is:
2.30 Exhibition opens
2.30-5.00  Afternoon tea
5.30-6.00  Speeches and official opening
6.00-7.30  Exhibition reception with drinks and canap├ęs

Please feel free to join us at any time throughout the day and stay for as long as you wish. 

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures will be celebrating a special occasion soon!
Our guest speaker is Glenn Howells, founding director of the award winning Glenn Howells architects. He is an advisor to Birmingham City Council and a board member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

To be part of the party, please RSVP to by Friday 16 March 2012.

 The School of Jewellery is on Vittoria Street, The Jewellery Quarter,  Birmingham, B1 3PA


Monday, 5 March 2012

Sue Guthrie's commission for new NHS Centre

Sue Guthrie, member of the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures community, has just completed a large scale commission for a new combined health centre and local government offices in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. 

Sue's paintings  at the new Sparkbrook NHS Centre

The artwork package includes six large paintings, a suspended ‘mobile’ occupying the 11 metre drop in the atrium space and window graphics to provide privacy for the adjacent properties. Sue’s remit was to represent the concepts of - Welcome, Peace, Hope, Faith, Unity, Love, Dignity, and Harmony in a culturally sensitive way. 
'Reproduction of the original paintings  in other formats, in other parts of the building allowed the client to gain far greater value from the commission'

“Andesign in Sutton Coldfield were a fantastic support with the print and installation of the suspended panels and window graphics,” adds Sue who took part in an Interiors & Lifestyle Futures Visioning workshop in 2011.

" And, reproduction of the original paintings for use in other formats, in other parts of the building allowed the client to gain far greater value from the commission.”

Printed etch effect window graphics obscure the view of nearby residents gardens and create a design consistency throughout the building.