Lino cutting workshop with Cate Gibson


Sale Arts Trail Pop Up Shop, 21 The Mall, Sale. M33 7XZ.

Linocutting workshop with Cate Gibson £30

Come and join Cate Gibson in the Sale Arts Trail Pop Up Shop on Saturday 29th June and learn the art of linocutting.

From image to design, to cutting, then printing onto a quality paper with help and guidance from Cate. We think you will catch the printmaking bug!!

All you need to bring is a drawing, photo or pattern measuring15cm x 10cms and an apron.

Refreshments provided!

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Pop Up Shop now open

Sale Arts Trail has a POP UP Shop at 21 The Mall in Sale Town Centre for a whole month leading up to the  trail.

The space is a showcase of art and craft available on the trail weekend.

Come and see some of the artists working from the space #ArtHotDesking and watch this space for upcoming events.





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Pop Up Shop



We are pleased to announce from Sale Art Trail HQ that we will be opening our Pop Up Shop. The shop is located at 21 The Mall in Sale Town Centre and will be opening this Sunday 16th June to coincide with Sale’s very first Makers Market.

There will be a selection of work in our artists gallery and find out what we will be up to in the shop for the month prior to the Sale Arts Trail.

We will be open from 11-4. Drop in, say hello and collect your Sale Arts Trail leaflet.


Sale Arts Trail 2019 Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July


image Tracy Birchwood jewellery

SALE ARTS TRAIL 2019 Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July

Sale Arts Trail returns this summer with open studios, exhibitions, a pop up shop and an artist takeover of Minikin. Walk the trail and stop at work places of artists producing ceramics, paintings, jewellery, photography, sculpture, print and glass.

We also have a special treat for you this year! A trail within a trail! Discover ‘whibbets’ on the ‘Whibbets Trail’ over the weekend. What are whibbets? They are stop motion dogs made from random bits and bobs (nuts, bolts, bike chain, corks etc etc). More information about that soon!

Each stop on the trail will have a display of current work for visitors to view and to purchase. Should you wish to commission an exclusive piece – just ask as all the makers will be present.

A full list of exhibitors and participating venues will be available very soon. There will also be talks and demonstrations during the trail.

If you decide to make a full day (or two) to visit everyone on the trail weekend, there are plenty of super independent cafes and restaurants. We look forward to seeing you.

Save the date!


Q&A New Graduate ceramicist Grace Igoe

A little bird tells us you a new graduate, where & what did you study?

I completed a BA Honours in Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017 with a first class degree.

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

When it comes to expressing my narratives, my passion for design comes through in my ideas with clay. I find clay as a medium limitless and unpredictable at the same time, it  encourages me to push its boundaries in a variety of methods, using techniques such as; hand-forming, texturing, press-moulding and casting, with final applications of coloured slips, body stains and glazes.

 In my current practice I use heads in my work because facial features are a vehicle for expression; the face tells us the most about an individual’s mood, personality and state of mind.

Through this I explore common traits and behaviours, such as difficulty expressing emotion, struggling managing changes and a strong sense of not fitting within self or society. These issues are expressed through ideas of fragmentation, fracturing and dilemmas associated with touch and handling.

We all might recognise some of these characteristics, so although coming from an autistic perspective I aim to challenge perceptions, leading towards a better understanding of the autistic condition translating visually, physically, and emotionally through engagement with my work.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Tactile, Unique, reflective, abstract, Colourful.

What are your plans now you have graduated?

My aim is to be a high end practitioner exhibiting here and abroad

 Do you have any design heroes?

My design heroes are those that still chose to push themselves and fight the system, to pursue their goals or dreams, having experienced any disabling condition.

Where is your studio?

As well as working from home. I am part of Artist in Residence at Manchester College, where I enjoy influencing new upcoming artists, by providing workshops, tutorials and talks, whist sharing their facilities and furthering my practise in ceramics.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Morning Coffee, reflect, Research, design, experiment, plan, create, tidy mess.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work? 

I am currently exploring in large scale with white porcelain clay. Towards my new serious of work to be exhibited next year. To see my development and any upcoming exhibitions you can follow me on Instagram: igoedesigns or on my website:

 What will you be selling at YULEDO? Anything new?

I will be showcasing and selling work from my collection ‘Experimentation from it’s Rawest to Design’. A range of unique ceramic heads individually depicting the traits and features from each of my exhibited pieces. From wall-hangings with secret departments, container heads used to store something precious inside. And pocket heads made to be handled by the individual to release stress and anxiety.

 If you won £100 which artists work would you buy at YULE DO?   

That’s a hard one! Would have to say Helen Tiffany’s glass.

 Tell us something we don’t know

I like to reinforce the idea of imperfections, by exaggerating the surface cracks, dripping glazing, using patterns that appear fractured, with deep vibrant colours exploding within the forms. All to create impact to challenge the expectation of what is seen as an imperfection, where it becomes something more engaging and beautiful, to the point where it is no longer an imperfection.

Q&A Jewellery designer Tea Party at the Zoo

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I’m Hannah Lago and I run jewellery brand Tea Party at the Zoo. All designs are sketched by me and inspired by animals and vintage nostalgia. I then digitally format my designs so they can be laser cut onto acrylic perspex and plywood. Both materials are great for statement jewellery as they are lightweight which allows me to be adventurous with scale. I also create hair combs!

What 5 words best describe your work?

Playful, colourful, happy, fun, free

Do you have any design heroes?
I’m amazed by the sculpture and installations of Yayoi Kusama and Niki De Saint Phalle. I also admire them for their authenticity and breaking through a male dominated art world.

Emilio Pucci, Age of Reason and Karen Mabon for detailed, illustrative accessories. Sophie Cochevelou for challenging what materials can be used to make jewellery. Iris Apfel is my ultimate style icon.

Where is your studio?

My studio is called Marketplace Studios based in Stockport town centre. There are cobbled streets leading to the studio and it is  opposite the beautiful historic market. The studios were opened by MMU to encourage art graduates to set up their own businesses.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Drawing, glueing, painting, sanding, linking, connecting, polishing, typing, chatting, brewing

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work? 

I’m focusing on my festive designs and plan to release them on to a new Etsy shop I am working on for Christmas

What will you be selling at YULEDO? Anything new?

My favourite product are my new fox earrings, they come in orange and fluorescent orange and are an odd pair – head and tail motifs! I will be also selling my Christmas range colourful everyday range…I believe bright accessories should be worn all year round!

If you won £100 which artists work would you buy at YULE DO?   

Beautiful glassware by Catherine Mahe. I would save them for dessert!

Tell us something we don’t know
I graduated in Textiles but probably only touched a sewing machine once at university! Thankfully my course was very open but I would love to experiment with 3D courses such as ceramics, silver smithing and 3D printing.

Q&A Textile designer Natalie Laura Ellen

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I am a Surface Pattern Designer creating prints inspired by nature, stories and moments across a range of home textiles, gifts and stationery.
Much of the inspiration for my prints comes from exploring the flora and fauna of our British countryside. The plants that grow on my balcony garden and the wildlife they attract also have a big influence on my work.
My prints often start with sketched ideas, which I then develop using lots of different disciplines including hand drawn illustrations, painting and traditional techniques such as lino printing. Once my designs are ready I work them into repeat patterns digitally for a range of products.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Nature, wildlife, cosy, characterful, colourful
Do you have any design heroes?
Lucienne Day, William Morris, Josef Frank and many more including the amazing bunch of designer makers I have been lucky enough to meet since starting my small business.
Where is your studio?
I currently work between my spare room and dining room table, so I am quickly running out of space and constantly juggling boxes and falling over things. I dream of having a ‘proper’ studio one day (hopefully with slightly more space!)


Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
List making, designing, photography, editing, admin, social media, shop updates
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I have recently started putting together ideas for Spring / Summer 2019 using inspirations I have collected throughout the last year. I’m also excited to work on some bespoke orders including custom lampshades and wedding stationery.

What will you be selling at YULEDO? Anything new?
I will be bringing my new ‘Into the Forest’ collection of homewares along with lots of Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gifts – also hopefully some new wooden laser cut christmas decorations if they’re finished in time!
If you won £100 which artists work would you buy at YULE DO?   
I would buy a big plant pot and candle from the lovely Rebecca at White Light Ceramics.
Tell us something we don’t know
I have a small balcony garden in central Manchester where I grow lots of wildflowers, nasturtiums and edibles which attract bees, butterflies, birds and even the odd cricket in the summer months…