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Manchester School of Art
Paper Store

Material Stores

Art materials, fabrics and consumables can be purchased from the stores on the first floor of the Chatham building.

"A4 & More" Store

The "A4 & More" Store is located on the Chatham First Floor and stocks a large range of paper types, paint, computer and video consumables and other art materials. A book binding service is also available.

Items sold include:

  • Many different types and sizes of paper and card.
  • Sketch books.
  • Student quality oil and acrylic paint
  • Various primers and mediums
  • Glue, pens, pencils and masking tape.
  • Wire-o and comb binders
  • Computer storage media (CD-R, CD-RW and DVD-R Discs)
  • VHS and Mini-DV video tapes

We also have a range of Manchester School of Art branded merchandise available, including T-shirts, water bottles, iPhone covers, bottle openers, rulers and memory sticks.

Locker keys are also loaned from the "A4 & More" Store.

In the Finishing Area the following facilities are also available:

  • Tables for cutting and mounting.
  • Mounting and laminating equipment.

Fabric Store

The Fabric Store is a resource for all students to buy fabrics, haberdashery and related products. We are located on the Chatham First Floor adjacent to the "A4 & More" Store.

We aim to source affordable fabrics from suppliers so that the costs are as low as possible without sacrificing the quality. The Store is a very valuable resource both for convenience and value for money

We have a sample board outside the Store with all of our products listed together with prices. Please come to view the board to get an idea of the extensive range offered.


We stock a range of wools, silks, linens and cottons which we buy mainly from Whaleys Ltd. These fabrics are of good quality and can be dyed or printed onto, some used in processes such as Devore. We are able to re-order these fabrics or you can order yourself directly from Whaleys. This is a list of some of the fabrics in our range:

• Heavy Wool Flannel • Wool Crepe • Silk Viscose Velvet (devore) • Noil Silk • Habotai Silk • Silk/Cotton mix • Silk Organza • Jarpur Silk • Holland Linen • Flax Canvas • Linen Scrim • Jute Hessian • Cotton Satin • Cotton Voile • Furnishing Cotton • Peasant Cotton

We also stock a range of light to heavy Calico as well as cotton canvas. Our recommended buy is the bundle of 5m calico, ideal for producing toiles or samples.

9 ½ oz cotton duck painting canvas is also available from the Fabric Store.

Non-Repeatable Fabrics

Non-Repeatable fabric is the term that we use when we get end of line fabrics, and we are therefore unable to re-order them. These fabrics tend to be vibrant and interesting and also very reasonably priced - but there may only be small pieces available, or it may sell out very quickly, and usually it comes without a content description. These fabrics are often exciting but be aware if you are beginning a project using a non-repeatable fabric, we recommend you get more than enough to avoid disappointment if it runs out.


Our range of haberdashery includes dressmaking pins, hand sew needles, eyelets, elastic, Velcro, various fastenings, boning, buttons and cord. It is very handy for all those bits and pieces you may have lost or forgotten such as stitch un-pickers or tailors chalk!


We stock Cotton Perle Hand Embroidery threads in a variety of colours and thicknesses, as well as Linen threads, Cotton a Broder and Soft Cottons. We also stock a small quantity of polyester machine thread.


If there is anything specific you would like to order we may be able to help either by pointing you in the right direction or ordering it for you. This is not always possible but do ask.


The Stores do not accept cash.

Materials are purchased using the MMU Print payment system.

Opening Times

Monday – Friday (Term Time)
9am – 6pm


Darren Gamble
Technical Team Leader

Paul Buckle
Assistant Technical Officer

Jenny Broadhurst

Helen Mather

Mandy Tolley