Black Country Type photo walks – book your ticket

WALK 1: Black Country Type Photo walk of Dudley Town Centre
Saturday 15th June
Meet 10am at Gather, 65 High Street

Join Tom Hicks of Black Country Type on a photo walk around Dudley town centre for an opportunity to try your hand at urban photography and hear more about Tom’s work.

Black Country Type is an ongoing photographic project. In this series of images he applies his unique aesthetic to the region, focusing on words, typography, handmade lettering and signs. He also photographs ‘types’ of architectural features, objects and the post-industrial landscape of the area.

Smartphones with cameras are preferred but feel free to bring a digital camera.

The best images from the walk will be compiled in to a mini zine which will be launched on the 29th June at Gather as part of our PAINT DUDLEY event. You are invited to join us from 5pm for our ‘Paint Dudley – pop-up exhibition in a day’ launch and see your work exhibited. Tom’s favourite image taken during the day will receive a prize.

Book your ticket here

WALK 2: Black Country Type at the Paint Dudley pop-up in a day exhibition 
Saturday 29th June

Meet 10am at Gather, 65 High Street

Join Tom Hicks of Black Country Type on a photo walk around Dudley town centre for an opportunity to try your hand at urban photography and hear more about Tom’s work.

Black Country Type is an ongoing photographic project. In this series of images he applies his unique aesthetic to the region, focusing on words, typography, handmade lettering and signs. He also photographs ‘types’ of architectural features, objects and the post-industrial landscape of the area.

Smartphones with cameras are preferred but feel free to bring a digital camera.

If you have taken a photo we’ll print it for you (if you can send it via WiFi / Bluetooth) and it will be included in our PAINT DUDLEY pop-up exhibition. You are invited to join us from 5pm for our ‘Paint Dudley – pop-up exhibition in a day’ launch and see your work exhibited.

Book your ticket here

Paint Dudley

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Eye Candy Pop Up pics

The Eye Candy Pop Up store and workshop space has now become a Whisky Shop, but we have our fond memories of the 11 days we were there along with these gorgeous pics from the Appear Here team to remind us of our oasis of illustration in the heart of Birmingham city centre…

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Eye Candy pops up at the Winter Makers Market 2-4 December

For those that missed our beautiful pop up at Great Western Arcade in Birmingham during October then we are selling more artist items (prints, tees, badges, books, homewares and more) at the Winter Makers Market from the 2-4 December at the stunning Municipal Bank on Broad Street, Birmingham.

Free to attend they’ll be LOADS of ace makers, artists and designers selling their wares – including some of our lovely Eye Candy workshop hosts and illustration & art fair sellers. So we need you to save up your pennies, forget about the boring old High Street and join us, the Birmingham Originals team and Frilly Industries to buy ALL of your xmas gifts. They’ll be plenty of inspiration we promise!

We’ll be selling works from:
Brumhaus
Jenny Haytch
Ben Javens
Alternative Aesthetics
Brennan & Burch
Nick Taylor Illustration
Roberta Fedora
Jeremyville
We Are Dorothy
Miss Led

We’ve heard that there might also be some fun workshops to take part in too. Spread the word!

Ben Javens Eye Candy Commission

We commissioned Birmingham artist and illustrator Ben Javens to produce a new installation for Eye Candy this year.

The new wall piece has been produced on wood, hand cut by Ben and painted in Cyan, Magenta, Black and White then assembled on a wall in Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre in the Southside district of the city.

“We’ve wanted to commission a piece with Ben ever since Eye Candy started four years ago,” comments Kerry O’Coy, one of the curator’s of the annual event. “We are always looking for the right spaces to match with the right artist. Getting the fit can take some time but on this occasion it worked perfectly. Ben’s signature style has been installed in large-scale and it’s had a great response from the Arcadian’s owners”.

You can go and see the piece on the ground floor of the Arcadian outside of Ladbrokes.

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MISS LED Masterclass – this Saturday at Eye Candy.

We are DELIGHTED to announce a special masterclass with the brilliant Miss Led which will be taking place THIS SATURDAY at the Eye Candy pop up.

So past Eye Candy visitors will know that we LOVE Miss Led’s stunning illustrations and have asked her to do several wall pieces for us in the past so when she said she fancied a trip to Birmingham again we were more than happy to accommodate.

To celebrate her new online fashion illustration tutorials Miss Led will be giving a FREE 2 hour live version of her tutorial for up to 16 lucky people in the pop up store.

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It all starts at 1pm at Unit 9, Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham from 1pm. To book a space you MUST email kerry[@]fusedmagazine.com with your full name.

Bring a drawing pad and some pens and pencils with you.

*You can read and exclusive interview with her in the new edition of Fused Magazine which you can also pick up in store.

Jenny Haytch and the Badge-O-Tron at Eye Candy

We love Jenny Haytch’s sense of humour and hand drawn loveliness, so much so that we’ve invited her to share some of her fun at Eye Candy. Jenny will be hosting badge making workshops and bringing the ‘Badge-o-Tron’ to the illustration & art fair on Saturday.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Wobbly. Sweary. Cheeky. Naïve. Fun.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Glory inspires me to keep going. Seeing my stuff in a shop.  Being part of a group show in which the other illustrators and exhibitors are a million times better than me, yet my stuff somehow fits in. That feeling of accomplishment keeps me going. Also, I have no other skills. So the only other thing that keeps me fully motivated is the blackhole of nothingness I would achieve if I stop doing it. Read more

Come to a Stitches & Hos Pom Pom Party

We going POM POM crazy with Stitches & Hos on Friday 7th October.

Finish off the working week with the pom pom party and create beautiful pompoms using a variety of designs to produce flowers, fruit and geometric designs.

Instruction sheets will also be provided with basic details. This workshop is suitable for ages 6 upwards. Some dexterity in hands is required.

Date: 7th October, 1-3pm & 6-8pm
Venue: Eye Candy Pop Up Store, Unit 9 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham

Free workshop –  just drop in to join in!