Please come down this Saturday, 3rd December, 12-4 and support the wonderful crafters and artists at Levenshulme’s gorgeous Inspire. The Fair will host a special visit from Santa, plus lots of local, hand-made and beautiful goods in time for Christmas, which is only round the corner. Hope you can make it.

STOP PRESS: WIN A CRAFT HAMPER WORTH £100 !!! If you spend over £5 at the fair, you can be in with the chance of winning a hamper packed full of great goodies from all the crafters at the fair. You’ve got to be in it to win it!!!

More info about the fairs here:  www.emilypitts.com


Open Studio Events

by Emily Pitts on November 6, 2011

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Following the success of the Buy Art Fair, I will be holding two Open Studios at my home studio on 23rd November & 1st December:  4-7pm.  Please drop by and take a look at more of my work, if you’ve seen it before, or some of my work if you haven’t.


Directions to the Buy Art Fair

by Emily Pitts on October 29, 2011

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Owing to a venue change over each of the last three years there has been some confusion about the location of the venue for this year’s fair, so here’s a description:


Quay House

Quay Street


M3 3BE

If you get lost find the Opera House – Quay House is to the left of the Opera House as you look at it.  It’s very close to the Museum of Science and Industry too.  Here’s the Google Map: Quay House

Coming to Buy Art Fair on the Bus?

The easiest bus to get is the Free Metroshuttle – No.2 or 3.  No. 3 drops on Quay Street and no. 2 drops outside the Museum of Science and Industry.  As you look at the museum, walk right – down to the end of Lower Byrom Street.  When it meets Quay Street, Quay House is in front of you to the right – turn right onto Quay street and the entrance is along the road.   You can ask the driver to direct you towards the Opera House too.  MetroShuttle Pocket Guide


If you’re driving the cheapest parking I’ve found is £5 a day on Duke Street – follow the road down past Ellis Brigham (on the right) and turn left underneath the arches.


Give me a call if you’re lost and I will do my best to direct you to the venue: 07870 360213 – sometimes only a human voice can get you to where you need to be!!


New Art Class Starting at Levenshulme Inspire – May

Following a series of successful classes before Easter I have commenced a new series of classes on Fridays 10-12 at the wonderful venue of Inspire in Levenshulme.  Situated on the A6 only 5 minutes from Levenshulme station, the venue is in a converted church, with a cafe where you can grab a coffee to bring into the relaxed and stimulating classes, which run for 2 hours every Friday.

The class is a flexible and engaging class, where you are invited to bring ideas and develop your own interests.  I encourage everyone to develop their skills in drawing, painting and sketching.  At present we are looking at individual objects, with the aim of building up an arsenal of skills to create a whole composition and hopefully to exhibit some work in the cafe area of the Inspire centre in the future.   We have beginners and people who have painted before, so whatever your level of experience and skill, you will receive a warm welcome and encouragement in my classes.

If you feel this class is for you, take a look at the photos below and either email me or turn up at 9.50am on Friday to join the class.  You can join the class for 30 minutes for a free taster if you would like to see if it is for you – try us out!

The class costs £28 for 4 weeks.  This includes all materials and equipment as well as one to one attention during the class, focussing on you and your particular interests.

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Levenshulme Inspire Market Fair

by Emily Pitts on February 12, 2011

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I’m running a series of Craft/Market Fairs at Levenshulme Inspire from Saturday 19th Feb – every 3rd Saturday of the month…

Craftily Inspiring

Levenshulme’s flagship community space, Inspire, is commencing a monthly Market Fair, hosting some of Manchester’s finest local crafters, artists and artisans on 19th February.  Inspire, which opened in October 2010, is opening its doors to local people to experience the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the space alongside local traders and the Bubble Cafe.  The event, which has evolved as a collaboration between Inspire, the Bubbles Cafe and local Artist, Emily Pitts, will run every 3rd Saturday of the month.

The idea evolved from a collaborative approach to bringing people into Inspire and creating a place that is owned by the community.  Having run a craft fair in Whalley Range before Christmas, Emily felt there was scope for Inspire to become a venue for a monthly event.  Staff at Inspire and the Bubble Cafe were already thinking along the same lines, so heads were brought together and the Market Fair is now a reality.  Emily said: ‘The fair will be a real celebration of what Levenshulme and Manchester has to offer.  We’ve worked to bring together high quality produce and goods and it’s going to be a great success.  The venue is amazing – a testament to partnership working.’  Louise Penfold, Manager of the Bubble Cafe, which is a Community Interest Company, is thrilled to be involved in the partnership: ‘We’re enjoying being a part of Inspire and bringing locally sourced home-cooked food to the people here.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than mooching around lovely craft stalls with a cup of tea and a home-made chocolate brownie’.

Well-known local artist Laurie Pink is just one of the esteemed stall holders who will be at the Fair selling gifts, drawings and badges – starting at only £1.  The event is free and everyone is welcome.  There will be things for all the family including badge-making and drawing for children.  So, if you’ve got nothing to do on 19th February and every 3rd Saturday, get down to Inspire and be inspired.


Artist’s Studio to Let – Manchester

by Emily Pitts on January 30, 2011

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A trusted crafter from our December Craft Fair, Lucy Gaughan, has a studio available for share in Manchester’s wonderful Craft and Design Centre in the Northern Quarter.  Here’s a bit about what Lucy has to say about the space and what is on offer:

‘I am a textile designer and have a studio/shop space in Manchester’s Craft and design Centre in the Northern Quarter and am currently looking for someone to come and join me to share the space.

I specialise in digitally printed fashion accessories and greetings cards, so am looking for someone whose work would complement mine in the shop, ideally I would want someone who would also use the same equipment so that the workshop space wouldn’t have to be altered too much (I have an industrial sewing machine and an overlocker that can be shared) although I am flexible about this.

The craft centre is open 6 days a week, so the space would be for three of those days per week with rotating Saturdays, and the shop has to be open 10-5.30pm.

Rent is £138.50 per month exclusive of bills, but the centre is open as a retail outlet so you are able to sell your stock as well as use it as just a studio.

Any sharer has to undergo a brief application procedure to ensure a high level of work is maintained within the centre so if you are interested please drop me a line with some images of you work, and a bit about what you do.’

If you’re interested in this space, you can email Lucy: lucygaughan@googlemail.com or give me a call and I will put you in touch with her:  Emily: 07870 360213


Commission an Artwork

by Emily Pitts on January 24, 2011

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Christmas saw the production of two large scale artworks for clients in the North West.  Both were created following a period of development, which included discussions with the clients about their needs, over an extended period, a series of small scale samples to investigate the colour, form and texture of the commissions and a visit during the production of the work.  The works were both around the same size, but involved a very different approach to making.

The first was more free and flexible, allowing creativity and then focussing in on the composition, colour and texture to fully meet the needs of the client – for a large artwork extending up a stairwell from the half-landing up to the ceiling of the upper landing.  He wanted an artwork to complement the re-decorated hallway and to reflect the muted and calming colours, providing a focal point whilst moving from one area to another.  A slim, tall canvas was created to accentuate the movement up the stairs and draw the eye up the stairwell to the first floor.

The second client specified very distinct requirements in terms of colour, but was flexible about size, texture and the finish of the artwork.  We walked around the space – a living space of approximately 8metres/ 4metres – and discussed the function of the artwork.  To demarcate the space and provide a focal point the client wanted something to bring a long empty white wall into use.  She also has the benefit of a 7th floor apartment and the beautiful views over the North West’s city scape.  We decided to create a mirror of the letterbox windows overlooking the city with a chunky box canvas – 700mm x 2m in size.  The colour red was important and fitted in with the city theme – with lights penetrating up towards the skies and some vibrant colours emanating from the sunsets on the horizon.  From here I developed a series of sketch drawings looking at the different options, including different textures, colour combinations and focus points.  The client visited my studio to discuss and I then went on to develop a sample, which I took to her apartment to check that she was satisfied and ready to proceed.  From here I went on to create the whole work, using a combination of acrylics, mediums, gels and varnishes to create a vibrant and evocative city-scape.

How long does a commission take?

These commissions took different lengths of time.  The preparation work was the key to ensuring that the clients were satisfied with the result.  It involved emails, phone calls, informal discussions to get to know the client, formal discussions about an specifics required and of course, discussions about the cost of the work.  An artwork may only take two days to create, but could involve hours of additional work in the form of planning, trying out new materials and techniques, preparing the canvas, coming back to add layers onto base coats and then coming back to varnish.  It becomes a labour intensive process, but one which is wholly satisfying when the client takes delivery and sees their work mounted perfectly.  It’s a good feeling to get to that stage and to feel that you have really produced something that the client can enjoy and appreciate – a meeting of two minds – a collaborative approach to commissioning work.

If you are interested in the process of commissioning art works, please call or email me and I will be happy to discuss.


Internet Providers

by Emily Pitts on January 13, 2011

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Hello,  well this is not one of my usual blog posts – more of a one off for the purpose that I would describe as a public service…

If you are considering TalkTalk as your internet provider I would advise against it in the most strong terms.  The customer service I have received from them has been no less than disgraceful – staff unable to understand what I am saying, hours on hold, no call backs, an upload speed that is virtually useless (slow, inconsistent and dropping out).  There are various blogs which outline the issues in a much more lucid fashion, the following being the most comprehensive (from my research):  http://talktalkhell.wordpress.com/

In my view TalkTalk is cheap for a reason.  Great Idea, Shocking Execution.


Art Class – Denton time change

by Emily Pitts on January 7, 2011

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The time for the forthcoming art class has changed:

First Class:  Tuesday 18th January 6-8pm.  All future classes 6-8pm.

Only 2 spaces remain.   CLASS FULL.  Next class starting in Levenshulme – February 25th.  More Information shortly.

To sign up, email me: hello@emilypitts.com or call 07870 360213.

Details of the class can be found on my previous blog entry.


Art Class in Denton Manchester… on its way

by Emily Pitts on December 19, 2010

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Starting:  11th January 12-3pm – every Tuesday for 5 weeks.

Following enquiries from local people, I have set dates for an Art Class at my studio on Dane Bank in Denton.  They will run every Tuesday for 5 weeks initially:  January 11th, 18th, 25th & February 2nd, 8th.


First Week Free

Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 5:  £40 total:  I will provide tea, coffee and cake (most important) and all materials – including a canvas to work on and take home at the end of the run of classes.

The aim of the course is to introduce you to painting with acrylics and using mixed media.  By the end of the 5 weeks, I hope that you will have created a small canvas as evidence of your hard work and to showcase the skills you have developed.  I love painting and I hope to inject some of this into our classes.  It should be fun and enjoyable (but if you want some homework I can set some!!).

Lessons will include:

  • Mark making using a variety of techniques
  • Using a range of materials to develop shape, colour, tone and texture
  • Becoming familiar with acrylics using brushes and a range of implements
  • Art historical context – looking at your interests and introducing you to new artists and makers

The classes will last for 3 hours, to give us time to get into it and to have a break of 30 mins if needed.  It is targeted at beginners, but I am happy to adapt the style and delivery if you’ve already done some painting or creative work.  There will be a maximum of 5 people in the class, so you will get individual attention.

Resources: I have a large library of art, design and architecture books, to which we may refer during the course.  These may be available for you to borrow, but there is also the local library on Dane Bank who are very accommodating.

Art History: Manchester has a very good range of galleries, both municipal and private.  Should you wish to take a turn around a few of the galleries, we can arrange something during the course of classes.  I am also able to deliver some formal art historical background if you feel it is something you’d enjoy.

And afterwards…

This is a starter class and I have set it up as a series for now.  However, after this has finished, I will consider a roll on roll off class, where you can dip in and out as you like, perhaps with a different focus every week, so you can pick the subject/focus you like or have a specific interest in!  In the future I would love to help you hold an exhibition of your work at a local venue.

I would appreciate any feedback or comments about the planned classes.  I will do my best to accommodate anything you suggest and offer a full refund policy if you are not happy with the class.  If you have any questions, please email, ring or pop into the studio and speak to me.  I am really looking forward to these classes and to developing your skills and interests in the arts field.