Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Creative Twinning Partner - Nick Rawle

Portrait photographer Nick Rawle is working on a series of images of East Midlands Designer Makers and offered to include images from his project in our eco-showcase. We asked him to tell us a little more about his project.

"These photographs are part of an ongoing documentary project on the craft skills and traditional makers of the East Midlands. The project came about as an attempt to find out what was left of the skills economy that made England the 'workshop of the world' in Victorian times, and to see if any of the skills and trades for which the region became famous were still in existence.
The textile mills, lace makers, bicycle manufacturers and leather workers which we associate with the various towns and cities of the region may no longer be mass manufacturers, but their unique skills remain and are flourishing again, and with them a sense of pride in the goods that they create, and the towns in which they are made.

The very modern twist to these traditional crafts is the notion of 'sustainability' and 'carbon footprint' two modern words for values and ideals that our Victorian forebears would have understood very well."

Visit Nick's website or Facebook page to see more of his work.

Sign up here for the Creative Twinning Eco-Showcase to see Nick's photographs in real life

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Our Creative Twins from Karlsruhe

We are very pleased to announce the names of the Creative Twin designers joining us from Karlsruhe in October. They are*:

Brigitte Adolph - Brigitte Adolph’s elaborately crafted pieces look like delicate lace. What seems to be finespun fabric, however, turns out to be pure precious metal. The graduate designer likes to play with optical illusions. Although inspired by the past, her rings, brooches, pendants and earrings are nevertheless characterized by an authentic, contemporary formal idiom.

Philine Kempf - Philine's work combine different materials in collages. The focus on the one hand, the portable art objects in the foreground. Different metals, stones, wood etc. adorn the people, but the carrier can also direct references to art and to produce energy: Physical, tangible, visible to constantly changing places, transformable by the background.

Nora Rochel - Nora Rochel's new work is called “Phytophilia” which means “love for plants”. She draws inspiration from the miracle of life, the cycle of growth, bloom and decay. The emphasis is on life affirming energy and the positive symbolism of plants and flowers representing growth and fertility.

The designers will be accompanied by Angelika Schmidt who represents the Department of International Relations in Karlsruhe Culture Office and has been a great help to us in organising the Creative Twinning visit.

To find out more about the designers and about the creative sector in Germany more generally, why not attend our Creative Twinning events on 12th October?

For more information and to book your place, please click here

*Please click on the designer's name to visit their website. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Creative Twinning has a New Logo

We are very excited to unveil our fantastic new Creative Twinning Logo. 
It's been designed by the talented graphic designer and photographer Daniel Lane. 

See more of his work at

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Creative Twinning October events

Following on from the success of a collaborative showcase in Karlsruhe in May, we have created a programme of events on the 12th October 2011, including the launch of a  3 week exhibition at the Lace Market Gallery, Stoney Street, Nottingham.

12th October 2-4pm - Paul Smith Screen Room, Broadway Cinema - FREE EVENT

Creative Forum - This is a unique opportunity to find out about the Creative Twinning concept and meet the designers involved from Nottingham and Karlsruhe. During question time, ask the designers anything! It's a great opportunity to find out about exhibiting abroad, get their views on eco-design and sustainability or maybe what it's like to run a business in 2011?

 The questions are yours to ask, places are limited so booking is essential. Click the button to the right to register now. alternatively, find out more on the event web page

12th October 4.30-6pm - Designer Forum, Lower Parliament Street- FREE EVENT

Informal follow on networking event to meet like minded creatives and small businesses within the East Midlands. Booking essential and mandatory.Please see the for booking procedures

12th October 6-8pm - Exhibition launch event at Lace Market Gallery - FREE EVENT

Private view of the Creative Twinning Exhibition, a Collection of environmental and ethical sustainable work including jewellery, textiles, lace & paper.

Come and join us for this unique event, view the artwork and meet new people in a great venue.

12th - 28th October - Lace Market Gallery, Stoney Street, Nottingham - FREE ENTRY

Creative Twinning Exhibition- a collection of Eco-Creative work by J.C Middlebrook, Paperwork by Hannah Lobley, Debbie Bryan Collections and 3 designers from Nottingham's twinned city of Karlsruhe, Germany. Private view Wednesday 12th October from 6-8pm

Remember you can find out more and register here