The Dual Works is a design studio located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter established in 2015 by designer makers Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell.
This dynamic duo are highly skilled designer makers who have over 50 years of combined expertise across a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They enjoy the making process from the initial idea through to the production and installation of a wide variety of design projects.
The studio specialises in bespoke design solutions and one-off fabrication including the design and manufacture of products, furniture, interiors as well as artist fabrication. Everything we do is bespoke; therefore, we tailor our services to our client’s specific design brief. We undertake commissions, enjoy working collaboratively and pride ourselves in providing a personalized design service to develop strong working relationship with our clients. Our clients include architects, artists, interior designers, galleries, theatres, museums and private clients.
Alongside these bespoke commissions we also design and manufacture our very own product range. Quarter.haus is a unique collection of beautifully handcrafted products designed for the home and available to purchase in our showroom or via our online shop. We are passionate about sharing our expertise so have also created a range of courses to teach you the skills to undertake your own projects. These include ‘Girls with Power Tools’ and our design and make ‘I made It’ workshops.
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
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. 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 realization 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 design and making skills in various Art Colleges and Universities across the UK. Currently she divides her time between The Dual Works and lecturing at the world renowned School of Jewellery where she has been residence for the past 10 years.
Her artistic 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 http://www.zoerobertson.co.uk and for her latest solo show see flockOmania