about us

The Dual Works,with Zoe Robertson + Steve Snell, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

The Dual Works is a design studio in the Jewellery Quarter established in 2015 by Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell. This duo are established designer makers and together they work on their own design projects, undertake commissions and enjoy working collaboratively. They have over 50 yrs. of combined making experience, across various industries, techniques and materials.

Our studio ethos is

I MAKE – we work on our individual artistic projects

WE MAKE – we work to clients briefs creating bespoke commissions

YOU MAKE – we teach you the skills to undertake your own project

We enjoy the making process from the initial idea through to design, production, realisation and installation. We specialize in one-off fabrication and undertake commissions to clients’ specification, including the design and manufacture of products, furniture and interiors as well as specialist artist fabrication.

Steve’s skills span carpentry, metalsmithing and plastic techniques and  these skills have been acquired though a lifetime’s passion for taking things apart, and learning how objects are made, then remaking into something new!  Alongside this he has been employed as a 3D specialist in various Universities and Companies managing workshops dedicated to wood, metal and plastic processes, helping students bring their ideas to fruition where in-depth problem solving is fundamental to the realisation of products.

Additionally Steve is one half of Sellotape Cinema with Steven Chamberlain a duo who use found visual footage, field recordings and audio traces to provide a visual and aural canvas. Analogue technologies are utilized in the construction of artist manufactured equipment in which the duo create film worked directly onto sticky tape.  These are played through specially adapted projectors alongside ‘drawing drums’ and ‘sonic machines’ that draw and produce sound.

Zoe is an award winning designer maker who skills span a breadth of materials and processes. She enjoys the making process and describes herself as a ‘Blue Peter Girl’ where she was introduced to making things via this cult children’s television show back in the 1980’s! She has acquired over 20 yrs. of educational experience, teaching students 3D skills in various Art Colleges and Universities across the UK. Currently she divides her time between being a practicing jewellery artist and lecturing at the world renowned School of Jewellery where she has been residence for the past 10 years.

Her current studio practice explores themes relating to jewellery within performance whereby she creates theatrically sized jewellery and experiments on the edges of the discipline. The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of her works moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, and dance. This approach enables her to create experiential and immersive environments which invite audience interaction and participation. Her work is exhibited within an international arena and images of her work are published extensively which you can see on her website www.zoerobertson.co.uk  and for her latest solo show see flockOmania