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Shirley Frost

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designGAP

HQ Phone:  +44 121 242 0242

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designGAP

120 Vyse Street

Birmingham, West Midlands,B18 6NF

United Kingdom

Company Description

designGAP is under the umbrella of CreativeGAPS Ltd, a not-for-profit organization, which assists creatives with the promotion of their work made in the UK. All designGAP members are listed on www.creativegaps.co.uk along with members of artGAP, craftGAP, inte... more

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www.giftwarereview.net

Shirley Frost, founder of DesignGAP, definitely has design running through her veins, and it shows with her passion for its contemporary and innovative members.
DesignGAP is primarily a platform for fledgling artists, designers and creators to spread their wings into trades shows and events to get their products out in the public eye, but caters for established designer makers too. A recent merge with the Giftware Association will allow DesignGAP members access to all the services and benefits the GA members receive. Shirley has lived design all her life, training in ceramics at the Royal College of Arts, exploring the world on travelling scholarships, before settling into teaching herself, at the Birmingham College of Art where it became apparent the lack of outlets for creatives. Shirley states "the hardest part of the year was at the end of the academic year, I could see there were very few jobs out there for exceptionally talented students" She continues about the state of the country at the time "The UK was a very different place, with very few trade shows, few craft fairs or craft shops to showcase designer makers products, and it was an extremely daunting task setting up your own business" This led Shirley to voluntarily set up DesignGAP in 1980 as a 'not for profit' to act as a facilitator, not as an agent, for innovative, contemporary UK artist makers and designers with the intention of showcasing their work in the best light possible. To this day DesignGAP has not received a grant or any outside funding to keep it running. The Design Council had worked with Shirley exhibiting her work for several years and offered her a stand at the 1981 Spring Fair under their umbrella, where she co-ordinated 16 other designer makers using her eye for design, as well as including her own mixed media jewellery. From this very first and very successful Spring Fair, Shirley has helped in excess of 3000 members. "Some would start out on DesignGAP stand and then as we grew into a DesignGAP area, they would occupy nearby spaces and have their own successful stand at shows" she says "at the height of its success we had 49 members stands at a trade show at one time". Shirley also launched the first incarnation of the DesignGAP's website in 1997 featuring about 200 members, which coincided with the first of several printed directories. A successful 2005 saw DesignGAP celebrate 25 years, the very same year Shirley received 'The Honorary Achievement Award' from The Giftware Association as a recognition for her innovative work promoting designer makers, she was also awarded a Doctorate of Science from University of Birmingham, also for her innovative work with mini micro creative businesses. Unfortunately Shirley has experienced ill health over the past few years, with admin work building up and further developments being hampered. Sarah states "It's been a pleasure to work with Shirley and to work on the transition of our members; it also means the DesignGAP members get a host of benefits which will enable them to prosper more. Shirley has created a great organisation, inspiring creatives and designers and we hope to continue on the success of DesignGAP in the future". DesignGAP will be showing at Spring Fair in February Hall 6, and The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate in April.


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SHIRLEY FROST | designGAP
designGAP | Members SHIRLEY FROST


giftsandgreetingsreview.com

Another new development is the sheltering of British designer-maker collective, Design Gap, under the GA umbrella, to be undertaken with the collaboration of Design Gap founder, Shirley Frost.


designgap.co.uk

SHIRLEY FROST
designGAP | Members SHIRLEY FROST


www.lauren-elizabeth.co.uk [cached]

For me, New Designers was a great opportunity to network with other like-minded people, meet people in the Jewellery trade - including Gordon Hamme, publisher of the Goldsmiths Magazine, and Shirley Frost, founder of designGAP, obtain valuable public feedback and see what other talent is being displayed.


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