Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend an event that was being held in Media City,at the very exclusive private members club on the 7th floor in the building known as The Landing.It was one for the ladies as there was lots going on, and a few companies were there just to indulge and pamper all the lovely ladies who attended.
As well as all the usual treatments available there was also a very tasteful collection of arts and crafts from the Ordsall Art Collective which attracted quite a bit of attention. There was a collection of art from Ronnie Crowther who specialises in fan art, portraits and portrait drawings where he explained that a regular pencil portrait can take up to 10 hours as it’s all in the detail.
Another artist showing off some of his collection was David Lowther,whose inspiration is taken sometimes from buildings in and around Manchester.Not the nice glossy facade at the front but going around the back where it might be a bit derelict and maybe a place that homeless people use.As well as watercolours he sometimes works with acrylic or pen and ink.
Alongside David was Greg Haden, a talented young man who’s degree in fashion and textiles enables him to work with unusual materials to produce some stunning t-shirts, small prints of design and illustration (which were very popular) and hand made books,to name just a few.
Amber Sanchez was also there who is a full time artist based in Ordsall who is multi talented,her work ranges from making a life like bust of famous people to making keyrings. She’s also involved with making merchandise for Salford Lads Club. I’m almost certain that there is nothing that Amber can’t turn her hand to.
With Amber was Yasmin Stephens,also a full time artist based in Ordsall who’s speciality is textiles and colour,which is shown off to it’s best advantage using fleece.
If anyone likes mannequin art Ross McCormack is the man to go to (if he’s not busy acting) his lamps have to be seen to be believed and as well as mannequins he likes to use materials that people have usually thrown away.
Ian McKay is an artist who as well as screen printing likes to paint abstract life drawings, which were brought along for everyone to enjoy.
If you like lithography and etching Banija Sivanandam is your girl.She has a BA (Hons) in fine art and had a couple of stunning prints on display.
Finally we have Vincent who’s painting style can be described as Cassidy or modern art.
If you’re not into arts and craft there was plenty for the ladies to be involved in. Canary Pink is a collection of good quality sample clothes such as Next and DKNY aimed at the 25-30 year old.The company is based in Manchester and run by the lovely Katy who is used to attending events with her samples in Worsley, Hale and Northwich.
Stella & Dot are an American company that sell jewellery which involves having jewellery parties in people’s houses.It’s an online business that sells very versatile pieces (most necklaces can be worn long or short) and have a major collection launch twice a year.
If you’re into candles there was the fabulous A Life With A View that had their best selling candles on offer.With a name like that it was obvious they were going to be a bit special,but Brenda Deane was on hand to explain the different fragrances.
Fancy your hair done? Hairdressers from Trevor Sorbie were kept busy making some of the ladies looking gorgeous that night.As were Molton Brown, there was an endless queue of ladies waiting to have a hand and arm massage.If you go into the Lowry outlet to the Molton Brown shop they are offering a package which although costing £15 it includes a glass of champagne,hand and arm massage and a gift set that includes a £10 gift card.What more could you ask?
City Spa Escapes were also kept extremely busy,offering massages to all the ladies who were waiting to release the tension after a long day at work.
All in all a great evening and the fact that the sun was shining meant everyone could enjoy the stunning views over the water. Rumour has it there might even be another event in August as this one was so popular.
Next time I won’t forget my goody bag….