Mandy Nash

Mandy Nash
Model House Craft and Design Centre
Bull Ring
CF72 8EB
07803 342538
Designer maker, Mandy Nash, set up her workshop in 1983 directly after leaving the Royal College of Art. She discovered anodised aluminium when studying jewellery and silversmithing at Birmingham Polytechnic and has been working with it ever since; its lightness enables her to make large, bold pieces which are wearable and affordable. Most importantly, by anodising it, she can achieve bright and brilliant colour effects.
Her three passions are colour, pattern and technique and much of her inspiration comes from her travels around the world. She loves making things and exploring the possibilities of different materials. Although trained as a jeweller, her work has been heavily influenced by both traditional and contemporary textiles. Much of her recent work has evolved from looking back at her creative ancestry - how her grandmothers initiated her fascination with making objects by passing on their traditional textile skills and starting her passion in creating anything from colourful materials. Over the last fifteen years she has also been developing work in felt, combining this with her jewellery practice, creating both functional and non functional work. In 2010, She received an Arts Council of Wales grant to help purchase a laser cutter enabling her to develop new work in taffeta, acrylic, cardboard and wood.
She is regional co-ordinator and vice chair of the International Feltmakers Association, a member of the Makers Guild in Wales, the Association of Contemporary Jewellery, MaP, a textile group and Seven:14, a mixed media group. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Japan, USA and Canada.
She finds being creative addictive and considers herself extremely lucky to have survived (more or less!) by selling her own work.

2013: “Horizons”, Walford Mill Arts Centre, Wimborne; “Investigations into Laser Cutting”, Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran: “Wood You”, The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-upon-Trent; “Material Connections”, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff; “Summer Show”, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff; Craft Showcase, Wrexham Arts Centre; “Winter in the Valley”, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe; “Drift”, Lagom Felt Studio, Crieff; ‘Darkness Descends’, Cursley and Bond, Folkestone;

2014: "Muscat Festival", Oman; "Contemporary Textiles Fair", Teddington; "IFA Educational Exhibition for Black Sheep", National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford; "Icons", ACJ exhibition, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford; "Pinnies from Heaven", Craft in the Bay, Cardiff; “Fabulous Felt”, Silures Gallery, Porthcawl; “Cywrain”, Galeri, Caernarfon; “Member’s Showcase”, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff; “Treat and Be Treated”, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe; “Inspire”, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne

2015: “Makers XChange”, Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester; "Pinnies from Heaven", Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran; “Beginnings”, Seven:14, Y Galeri, Caerphilly; “Intrinsic” (a touring exhibition also curated by Mandy Nash), Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Nicola Hurst Gallery, Plymouth, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, Cursley and Bond Gallery, Folkestone; “British Gardens”, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby de la Zouche; “Linen Futures”, R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, N Ireland; “Made”, Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey; “Christmas Shows”, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Oriel y Parc, St Davids; ‘Arts Vend’, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham:

2016: “Intrinsic” (a touring exhibition also curated by Mandy Nash), Aspex, Portsmouth; “Made With Love”, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds; “Linen Futures”, Ulster Museum, Belfast; “Celebrate”, Seven:14, Oriel CRIC, Crickhowell; “Weave”, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff;


1975-76: Canterbury College of Art - Foundation Course
1976-79: Birmingham Polytechnic - BA(HONS) Jewellery Design
1980-83: Royal College of Art - MA(RCA) Jewellery Design


2005: Wales Arts International Opportunities Fund grant research visit to Japan
2006: selected to design and make the Menter a Busnes Awards presented at the National Eisteddfod
2009: artist in residence, Cultural Olympiad Cauldrons and Furnaces Project, Blaenavon
2009: featured in "Non-Precious Jewellery" by Kathie Murphy
2010: Arts Council of Wales Special Project grant to purchase a laser cutting and engraving machine to develop new work
2011: featured in “Anodised” by Claire Styles
2014: Wales Arts International Opportunities Fund grant research visit to Oman
2016: featured in “Worldwide Colours of Felt”


SIAD; London College of Furniture; Trowbridge Art College; Sydney College of the Arts; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Canberra School of Art; South Australia College of Art; North East Wales Institute; Cardiff Institute of Higher Education; Various Adult Education Institutes; Various Comprehensive and Primary Schools; UWIC; various Art and Craft Centres; Bournville College; Craft Angels Network mentor; Cultural Enterprise Service mentor; Dynamo Role Model
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Linen Futures triangle earrings
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Linen Futures pebble necklace
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Linen Futures ring