Fresh Made Trade are back in business

13 03 2014

Fresh Made Trade are back in business

Proof above of the glorious sunshine in Manchester this week, the photo shows Zak, a member of Fresh Made Trade, a group of ten enterprising 13-14 year old students from Manchester Academy, who have been in Whitworth Park this week, researching potential ideas with commercial appeal. Each year a group of young students from the Academy are tasked to produce stock for the Whitworth shop inspired by the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions. Now in it’s third year, they have been set the brief to design, make and sell products using clay which has been extracted from Whitworth Park by ISG builders, during the construction of the new Whitworth Art Gallery, (see previous blog post: https://capitaldevelopmentwhitworth.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/site-visit-to-look-at-clay/).

The students have been inspired by the sculptures, the new building and the plants and trees in the park, as well as the Gallery’s collections to create original designs, patterns and textures. Artist Lucy Burscough, who created Genesis Reborn from willow as part of the Whitworth Weekending Festival in August 2013 in collaboration with a group of volunteers, has been working with Fresh Made Trade. The sculpture, see image below, was inspired by Genesis by Sir Jacob Epstein and plays with concepts around the birth of a new Whitworth – The Gallery in the Park. The young people were very pleased to be working with the artist who had created this amazing work of art.

Fresh Made Trade students sketching Lucy Burscough's Genesis Reborn willow sculpture in Whitworth Park

Fresh Made Trade students sketching Lucy Burscough’s Genesis Reborn willow sculpture in Whitworth Park

For the rest of the week, the students have developed their ideas further whilst working at the Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields Park. They have explored a range of different techniques introduced by Lucy including carving into leather hard clay, pressing into soft clay with natural materials from the park and textiles inspired by the collection and making design stamps from a putty-based material called Milliput. Fresh Made Trade have designed a logo from clay to brand their products. This dynamic design team have worked tirelessly this week to design unusual, quirky clay products made from very sustainable and extremely locally sourced materials. There will be a limited run, so do make sure that you are one of the first to snap up one of their products made from raw material from the build. Products will be on sale in the Whitworth’s new and expanded shop in October 2014.

Cutting out the clay

Cutting out the clay

Manchester Academy students working together to roll out the clay

Manchester Academy students working together to roll out the clay

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