Published: 16th April 2008
MMU is giving its art students a helping hand by selling their art online.
The university, which is home to the prestigious Manchester School of Art, is opening an online shop featuring work from past and present students.
The webshop, believed to be the first of its kind at a UK university, offers a range of gifts and cards, created by students and alumni.
Work includes a silver and acrylic necklace by first-class honours graduate Polly Glass, a pewter vase by third-year student Emma Stopford and exquisite greetings cards by illustrator and painter Liz Evans.
A polished pewter bowl by James 'Larry' Gott, of the Manchester band James, designed when he was studying Three-Dimensional Design at MMU (1997-2000) is also on sale.
Gifts in 'MMU Originals' range from £10 to £100, with the greetings cards available for £6.
Anisha Tailor, 22, from Bradford, who is taking MMU's business course for art graduates – the Graduate Diploma Creative Business Development – aims to go into business as a textiles, cards and packaging designer.
Her work is inspired from Indian decorative and architectural designs, from the repetition seen in the ornamentation of architecture, newsprint, henna patterns, paisleys and decorative artefacts.
Rachel Charnock, alumni officer at MMU said: "There are some wonderfully desirable items created by our students - jewellery, ceramics, paintings, fabrics and more. Anyone who has visited our annual Art and Design Show in June will know the quality of student work here is as good as any in the country.
"We have selected some beautiful examples and are making them available to people who are looking for something different in a gift.
"We think MMU Originals will appeal to visitors and people with university connections, but also to the wider public and collectors."
Visit www.mmu.ac.uk/mmuoriginals for more information.