About Jane
Graphic Designer & Illustrator. Creator and Curator of Women in Print. Milk no sugar.
http://www.bowyerjane.co.uk
Current city: Manchester
Other cities: ValenciaLisbon
Graphic Designer & Illustrator. Creator and Curator of Women in Print. Milk no sugar.
 
My new favourite theatre in Manchester. This fledgeling theatre only opened its doors in 2015 but has become a big player in Manchester' arts and culture scene putting on incredible musicals, shows by local playwrights, cabarets and other typers of performances. The theatre is situated in a Grade II listed building in Ancoats — just a short tram ride, a skip and a hop away from Piccadilly Train Station.
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This hidden gem in Salford is home to lots of Manchester's artists, designers, illustrators and makers — and I include myself in that bunch of creative folk. There are frequent exhibitions, workshops and other events taking place inside this old cotton mill. It's also one of the supporting venues for one of the city's biggest musical festivals Sounds From The Other City.
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If you're ever in Manchester and stuck for art materials or a birthday card or fancy doing some laser cutter or risograph printing then Fred Aldous is the place for you. The shop has been open since 1886 with a man called Fred — a man with a bright idea and a cracking beard — decided to open a shop selling cane for baskets to carry cotton. Craft and community are at the very heart of the business. Look out for their amazing window displays designed by their amazing in-house team or local designers and makers.
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A welcome retreat from the bustle of the city. I really enjoyed spending the afternoon walking around the botanical gardens, taking pictures. It's home to thousands of species of plants and nearly as many cats.
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Great spot for lunch or Almuerzos in the middle of the Alameda garden. It's a small kiosk with both indoor and outdoor seating. La Pergola has become a classic destination, serving sandwiches for over 30 years — the bombón is their star sandwich. I will never forget the joy on my boyfriend's face when his sandwich arrived with chips INSIDE the sandwich and then the look of delight when he took his first bite.
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An independent shop in the historic centre of the Barrio del Carmen that feels like a cross between a curiosity shop and an art gallery. It's filled with old posters, photographs and trinkets from yesteryear as well as some contemporary graphic design pieces.
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You can't go to Lisbon and not try pastel de nata and this was probably the best place we found to get your mitts on the delicious egg pastries. Grab a couple with a cup of coffee. Happy days.
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A small letterpress shop/studio in the Bairro Alto district. Great place to pick up a souvenir for your type-geek, designer friends.
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One of my favourite things to do on my travels is finding a good bookshop. Ler Devagar (meaning ' read slowly' in English) did not disappoint. Built inside an old printing factory you can find this bookshop in the trendy LX factory in Alcântara. Books fill the walls from floor to ceiling and in the middle of the shop is a large flying bicycle. Need I say more.
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Rick Banks, is a graphic designer, typographer, publisher and proud northerner. Working under the moniker of Face37 he has helped create some of the world's most loved brands, including EE, Triumph Motorcycles, AXA, British Heart Foundation and adidas. Specialising in brand, book and type design, his work has won numerous awards, including a yellow pencil from D&AD and a TDC from the Type Directors Club in Tokyo. He has been featured in the Creative Review Annual, as well as receiving recognition from the respected Creative Circle, Communication Arts, TDC (NY) and ISTD. His work has been published internationally, and exhibited in the London Design Museum and Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo. His products, such as Type Trumps, have sold worldwide and can be found in respected design retailers around the world, from the Tate Modern in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. And his foundry, F37, has released fonts including Bella and Ginger, licensed by global brands such as Google, Selfridges and PepsiCo, with the foundry’s website winning awards for digital innovation in the process. Rick takes an active role in the design community, lecturing on branding and typography around the world, and judging various awards including the ‘Crafts for Design’ category for the 2017 D&AD awards. Even more important to him though is the role that design can play in bettering the world around him, having donated both his time and publishing proceeds towards worthwhile causes for the likes of the Football Foundation and Horwich St Mary’s.
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Sculptor living and working in Manchester
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Lucie Crewdson is a freelance photographer based in Manchester. 
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