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Arts and crafts in West Midlands

West Midlands (including Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton)It has a population of around 2,700,000 and covers approximately 90,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.

County flag of West MidlandsThe term West Midlands is used to describe both the county, which was established in 1974, and the larger region of which it forms a part, which can be confusing. The county of the West Midlands has within it seven metropolitan boroughs, which are Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell, along with the cities of Coventry, Wolverhampton and the largest Birmingham. Since Medieval times the area produced textiles and metalwork and the industrial revolution led to the growth of manufacturing industries, which also helped to support graphic design, product design and printing businesses. Performing arts venues in West Midlands include Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome, the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton and the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham is a venue for a wide range of events, including concerts and trade shows which attract audiences from across the UK and overseas.

During the Victorian period, the Birmingham School of Art and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists played an important role in the Arts and Crafts movement and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. During the 20th century, local artists were prominent in surrealism, abstract art, pop art and photo-realism and a number of Turner Prize winners were born in Birmingham. Work created by the artist David Cox, who was born in the city in 1783 and died there in 1859, represents an early form of impressionism and examples of his work can be seen in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The museum and gallery has many thousands of exhibits, including paintings by other renowned artists from the 14th to 21st centuries, as well as ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and artefacts of local historical interest. Other attractions in West Midlands include the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Back to Backs, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Wightwick Manor and Gardens, Bantock House Museum in Wolverhampton, the Pen Museum in Birmingham, Coventry Cathedral, Aston Hall and Sandwell Valley Country Park.

The Charming Angel Company

The Charming Angel Company

Birmingham, West Midlands

The Charming Angel Company offers handmade Angelic love and fairy magic in the form of Angelic gifts and charms, fairy tea light jars and ...

Ann Pennington

Ann Pennington

Stourbridge, West Midlands

I spin, weave on a Louet table loom with 8 shafts. Dye and felt hand made , uniquely designed items such as bags, gloves, homeware. I ...

Dinoprint

Dinoprint

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

I make products using the lino print method. I use eco friendly paper that is also acid free, making sure the product lasts that bit longer. ...

Buffs Studio

Buffs Studio

Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Buffs Studio creates handmade Artisan Gifts for you, your family and friends, handknitted, hand made and crotcheted items, artisan soaps ...

Made by mel Jewellery

Made by mel Jewellery

Sandwell, West Midlands

Hand made custume Jewellery which promotes positivity and are beautiful I can make to order with specific styles and colours .... lovely ...

Art of Tea and Vessels

Art of Tea and Vessels

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Art of Tea and Vessels provides a wide range of products including the travel mug series, carafe set, tea ware and accessories. The delicate ...

Charlotte Owen Felts

Charlotte Owen Felts

Birmingham, West Midlands

My passion of felting comes with a variety of techniques including wet felting, needle, felting, nuno felting to name a few. I often combine ...

Tilly Viktor

Tilly Viktor

Tipton, West Midlands

Welcome to the world of TillyViktor, creating bespoke 3D quilled paper wall art, perfect for Nursery decor, Wedding Anniversaries, Birthday ...

Tea at 23

Tea at 23

Walsall, West Midlands

Tea at 23 is a home run business located in Walsall, West Midlands. I have been trading just a year and make a variety of crafted items ...

Two Cups of Art

Two Cups of Art

Coventry, West Midlands

My name is Ania and I am passionate about art, craft and nature. Im using various techniques in my work. I like to use unwanted items, ...

Mia

Mia

Walsall, West Midlands

Home Studio 13 Blinds - Specialise in Handmade Soft furnishings - We love sewing . We realy take special care in giving you the best advice ...

Lucas Ruth Handmade

Lucas Ruth Handmade

Walsall, West Midlands

Welcome to Lucas Ruth Handmade! Created by Adam (Lucas) and Vicky (Ruth) Haycock, a couple based in Walsall, England. We are passionate ...

Inspired Prints

Inspired Prints

Dudley, West Midlands

At Inspired Prints we produce outstanding canvas prints. Posters and printed Mugs. Our customers range from Churches, New housing developments ...

Lindsey B images

Lindsey B images

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

I am a photographer and artist based in the West Midlands in the UK. I sell professionally mounted and framed images (my own images) of ...

NicMarieArt

NicMarieArt

Dudley, West Midlands

About 3 years ago, I found myself drawing Mandalaís as an aid to relaxation. I started posting my work on social media and found I had ...

SB Garner

SB Garner

Halesowen, West Midlands

Susan Garner living in Halesowen in the west Midlands, specialising in acylic abstract using acylic medium on canvas which I finish with ...

Tonys Laser Designs

Tonys Laser Designs

Coventry, West Midlands

I make Laser cut and engraved gifts. I use a specialised laser birch ply I can also cut and engrave on acrylic sheet. I am very happy to ...

JOOTT

JOOTT

Tamworth, West Midlands

JOOTT is an interior wares business specialising in the reimagining of items collected from a variety of sources. The pieces are inspired ...

O naturel

O naturel

Birmingham, West Midlands

O Naturel is a natural handmade soap and skincare product based on natural ingredients that use 100 percent of vegetable oil, Citrus oil, ...

pallet wood ideas and creations

pallet wood ideas and creations

Coventry, West Midlands

my work is all made from pallets, all my works are created on re-cycled wood, I even try to re use the nails where possible, I have a facebook ...

Manor Crafts

Manor Crafts

Birmingham, West Midlands

Manor Crafts offers a range of bespoke crafts made to order for a special present and a craft for every occasion. These include a wide ...

Peebs portraits

Peebs portraits

Brierley Hill, West Midlands

Successfully sold many pet and family portraits..working from photographs...using acrylic and pencils....onto canvas or traditional frame... ...

Love Kiki designs

Love Kiki designs

Birmingham, West Midlands

Iím a maker and designer of clay earrings. Each earring is made to the highest quality. I love experimenting with different colours and ...

Beautiful Creations

Beautiful Creations

Coventry, West Midlands

Hi, my name is Stacey. My passion is the Art of Decoupage. I use Decoupage to transform old and unwanted items into something unique and ...

Love Menu Art

Love Menu Art

Birmingham, West Midlands

We rescue vintage menu art. We seek out menus from restaurants, bars and saloons, cafes, diners, drive-ins, nightclubs and hotels that ...

Freddy Rowley

Freddy Rowley

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Painting, for me, is a passion, and has been since childhood. I specialize in subjects related primarily to nature, with animal subjects ...

mands upcycled glass and furniture

mands upcycled glass and furniture

Birmingham, West Midlands

I decorate bottles for gifts or special events , for table centres at weddings and parties , to display flowers or to weigh down balloons ...

Mindful Crafts

Mindful Crafts

Solihull, West Midlands

We stock Decopatch, Avenue Mandarine, Maildor and Clairefontaine products, all with typically French flair! The products include decoupage, ...

KN Crafts

KN Crafts

Birmingham, West Midlands

Handmade and hand finished cards, gift tags and small gifts. Cards for any occassion, birthdays, moving home, thank you, childrens, men, ...

Lauras Florals

Lauras Florals

Solihull, West Midlands

My name is Laura, and I individually design and make faux flower wreaths and floral displays for around the home. My unique designs are ...

Kaarina

Kaarina

Coventry, West Midlands

I have always made my own Christmas decorations. I was often told I should exhibit them as people found them different and reminded them ...

The Urban Gent ltd

The Urban Gent ltd

Erdington, West Midlands

At The Urban Gent we make handmade beard oils, balms and waxes. Based in Birmingham our range is made for the discerning Gent. All are ...

Pelsall Keepsake Pens

Pelsall Keepsake Pens

Walsall, West Midlands

I turn unique, high quality keepsake from a variety of materials, from scrap wood to luxury gem stone composite. Every pen has its own ...

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Oldbury, West Midlands

Handmade Gold and Silver jewellery and toiletries bath bombs, scented candles, scenred wax melts, scented soap and Scented sugar scrub ...

Pretty Useful Gifts

Pretty Useful Gifts

Birmingham, West Midlands

At Pretty Useful Gifts we make beautiful pieces of jewellery that we know you will be proud to wear. We take time to source a range of ...

Robert Foster

Robert Foster

Birmingham, West Midlands

I make gifts, utensils and ornaments, out of wood, on a lathe. I do a range of items from bowls, lidded boxes, spatulas, seasonal ornaments, ...

Cat bed

Cat bed

Stourbridge, West Midlands

Handknitted then felted cosy cat bed. Latest item available. Cosy, warm, hard wearing. I made this for a cat named cupcake.

Hello

Hello

Dudley, West Midlands

I will be honest, I am completely new to this. I have recently stopped working to focus on my art and start my own business! My work ...

Susan Garner Abstract Art

Susan Garner Abstract Art

Halesowen, West Midlands

Hi I visited Hanbury Hall Venue today what a beautiful place the setting was amazing So much to see my objective was to see the layout ...

New member seeking advice

New member seeking advice

Halesowen, West Midlands

Hi my name is Susan Garner I have just joined today so would like to say Hi. I work with acylic and am an abstract artist my painting are ...

Hard to come bye

Hard to come bye

Sandwell, West Midlands

I recently looked around the local high streets and what I saw was mass production of the same style Jewellery on the shelves going for ...

First attempt at organising a Craft event.

First attempt at organising a Craft event.

Coventry, West Midlands

After 3 years of making my own craft items and going to craft events and festivals, it dawned on me that the place I work full time has ...

Hand knitted in Noro yarn

Hand knitted in Noro yarn

Stourbridge, West Midlands

This multicoloured long knitted scarf will keep you warm. Muted colours of autumn. Soft natural fibres knitted in double moss stitch

Weaving

Weaving

Stourbridge, West Midlands

My latest weaving project is with wool from Latvia and Portugal. Its a block design and double weave. I am incorporating hard anger using ...

ABOUT LIVEN

ABOUT LIVEN

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

LIVEN, dedicates its products to inspiring vitality, health and energy. Learning from Chinese culture, LIVEN embraces that philosophy by ...

Its been a while since I posted

Its been a while since I posted

Stourbridge, West Midlands

Busy weaving.Here is a double weave scarf in wool and cotton. Block design. I did this weaving whilst in France at The Loom Room. Woven ...

Sea and sky felted picture

Sea and sky felted picture

Stourbridge, West Midlands

I have felted this design using a mixture of different fleece. Merino, silk, alpaca. Wet felted using layers to build up images. Inspired ...

Hello

Hello

Birmingham, West Midlands

Hi all just wanted to say hello to all you crafters . Im new to the site so bare with me . Will be putting pics on asap .

Finding my craft

Finding my craft

Birmingham, West Midlands

Hello there. I have been a crafter all my life. I love sewing and painting, and making items that are useful, such as books and key rings, ...

knitting socks

knitting socks

Stourbridge, West Midlands

Hand knitted socks with home spun wool. Cable pattern. Knitted on 4 double ended pins the old fashioned way. I find it easier than a circular ...

spinning wool

spinning wool

Stourbridge, West Midlands

I have handspun some wool in readiness to knit winter socks. The wool is soft and springy and should be really cosy when worn.

weaving

weaving

Stourbridge, West Midlands

I have just completed a piece of weaving with star pattern in calico. May make this into a lampshade. Let me know what you think?

Hand knitted bag

Hand knitted bag

Stourbridge, West Midlands

This little bag is ideal to keep phone and keys in. Knitted in Noro Kabou yarn which is a beautiful mixture of silk, wool, alpaca, kid ...

My latest handmade bags

My latest handmade bags

Stourbridge, West Midlands

Here are two more bags. Wet Felted chequered bag made from Ryland wool from Whitson and hand knitted bag Noro wool. Small but beautifully ...

Felting at the fashion and stitch exhibition NEC

Felting at the fashion and stitch exhibition NEC

Stourbridge, West Midlands

It was fun to help out at the IFA (International Feltmakers Association held this weekend 17th,18th,19th and 20th March. K07 Stand at the ...

International Feltmakers Association at the NEC

International Feltmakers Association at the NEC

Stourbridge, West Midlands

Today I helped out at the International Feltmakers Association. There is a wonderful display of members work. I enjoyed chatting to like ...

Felt and leather rucksack.

Felt and leather rucksack.

Stourbridge, West Midlands

Unfortunately I didnt get to go Chesterfield Artisan Market as planned. This was due to flu. Instead I spent the time in Premier Inn. ...

Felt and leather rucksack

Felt and leather rucksack

Stourbridge, West Midlands

I was all geared up to attend. Car loaded with sale items. Sadly the flu bug struck so werent able to attend. Oh well must get weaving. ...

Mosaic Felt

Mosaic Felt

Stourbridge, West Midlands

My latest felting project. The weather was bad but our get together still went ahead. We started felting after a chat and catch up and ...

Drying

Drying

Stourbridge, West Midlands

My weaving now has a lovely teal hue after dyeing with indigo. It is hanging out to dry before I remove the ties. Watch this space. ...


Robert Radford Welch

(Born 1929 in Hereford in West Midlands), Silversmith

Welch trained as a silversmith in Birmingham but was influenced by the modernism of Scandinavian designs and created clean and functional designs.

Edward Coley Burne Jones

(Born 1833 in Birmingham in West Midlands), Pottery and ceramics, Jewellery, Painting, Stained glass

Burne-Jones was a major player in the revival of stained glass in Briton, during his time with and as a founder of Morris, Marshal, Faulkner and co.

Benjamin Williams Leader

(Born 1831 in Worcester in West Midlands), Painting

Benjamin Williams Leader, English artist, was known for his landscape paintings.

William Moore

(Born 1790 in Birmingham in West Midlands), Painting

He was a well known portrait painter in his own right and the father of Henry Moore and Albert Joseph Moore. He took up portrait painting in around 1810, when he was about 20 years old. He gained a good reputation and some success in London before moving to York. He worked in oils, pastels and watercolours.