Quartermasters

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Deborette Clarke - Leather

Deborette Clarke - Leather

Kirsty Hilliyer - Laser cut jewellery

Kirsty Hilliyer - Laser cut jewellery

Tina Francis - Tapestry

Tina Francis - Tapestry

Biography

Quartermasters are 3 makers based within the heart of making in Birmingham, the Jewellery Quarter. We are Tina, a tapestry maker, Kirsty, a laser-cut jewellery maker and Deborette, a leatherworker.

As makers we work together to champion locally made and independently bought goods, creating opportunities to showcase the work of our creative peers through self-initiated pop-ups, trade shows, maker markets and festival collaborations.

Maker led events centres around the needs of local creative first, as we believe that craft builds community.

Independently we each run our own maker businesses alongside hosting workshops, running community art projects, supporting creative in their business development and organising an annual maker market.

We want to be an open door for artists and makers across the West Midlands elevating the profile of locally made and independently designed goods as they become embedded and valued as part of the fabric and culture of the region.

inspiration

Tina is inspired by a variety of tapestry needlepoint. More recently Bargello, Tina has resurrected this style of tapestry making it more modern and fun. She creates hand stitch kits and in 2020 published her first book – Modern Bargello.

Kirsty’s inspiration comes from movies, art, design and architecture. It's all about being playful, not just the way she expresses herself through dress and accessories but also the process of making jewellery.

Inspiration for Deborette’s work comes from a variety of sources, be it historical applications and practices, contemporary art and street art to our interaction and needs of everyday items. She treats leather like a blank canvas and applies a variety of surface techniques.

medium

Tina uses stitch in her work, so basically a needle and thread. She will use a variety of canvases such as interlock and canvas. Stitches are sewn to create a variety of pattern’s, colour is key – some fade, some clash.

Kirsty uses acrylic with a laser cutter to create shapes that she then forms into statement jewellery such as earrings, necklaces and broaches. Traditional jewellery findings are used such as earring backs and chains.

Deborette experiments and adds surface decoration to the leather, experiments and developments to date include marbling, airbrush, screen printing and splashed paint to its surface. Most products are sewn on a sewing machine and finished with edge paint.