Breathe at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
breathe manchester craft and design centre
Ester Segarra

Breathe at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Manchester 9 February — 12 May 2018 Entrance is free

Breathe at Manchester Craft & Design Centre presents a pioneering collaboration between the winners of the 2017 MMU Graduate Award, Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary, who have combined their skills in the field of glass making and digital design to remarkable effect.

Inspired by digital craftsman Michael Eden, Ford and Hillary have developed a new form of design that embodies the individuality of the maker within its very essence. By recording the sound of Ford blowing into the blowing iron and using digital design techniques to convert the visual sound wave into a 3D mold, the two makers have managed to give physical shape to the first breath that gives birth to any blown piece. Thus, encapsulating some part of themselves intrinsically within the shape of the work.

The idea behind this innovative approach came about through a shared desire to preserve the individuality and connection to the maker that manufactured pieces often lack. The results, exhibited in Breathe, promise to change the way we think about the relationship between design and designer, craft and craftsman.

Breathe at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Manchester 9 February — 12 May 2018 Entrance is free

Where to go near Breathe at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

The exterior of Manchester Craft & Design Centre.
Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
Oak Street Café

Oak Street Café at Manchester Craft & Design Centre does fresh, healthy salads, soups, sandwiches, quiches and, best of all, cakes.

Common Bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter
Manchester
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Common Bar

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Deadstock General Store

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Manchester
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Fierce Bar
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57 Thomas Street, Manchester. Courtesy 57 Thomas Street
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57 Thomas Street

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