Heanor artists gearing up for festival weekend

Artist Louise West is set to display her wares at an upcoming Derby arts festival.
Artist Louise West is set to display her wares at an upcoming Derby arts festival.

Heanor artists are preparing to display their wares at the growing Derbyshire Open Arts Festival at the end of May.

A total of 15 talented folk will be showcasing their work to the public at the Banks Mill studios in Derby, including fine art, photography, illustration, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and fashion design.

Among them is Heanor resident Louise West, who makes and designs silver jewellery from silver clay. She is also a traditional bobbin lace maker.

There will also be Llinos Hobson, who runs Textile Deli from home in Heanor. Llinos hand makes felt from fine wools and other natural materials which she then turns into iPad and tablet sleeves as well as covers for notebooks and albums.

She said: “As a child, I loved visiting art galleries but had to hold my hands behind my back to restrain the overwhelming impulse to touch the craggy oil paintings and run my hands along the smooth sculptures; now I have the pleasure of working with my hands to create work that people can both look at and touch. My aim is to make practical items that are sumptuous to hold, great to look at and a pleasure to use.”

The Derbyshire Open Arts Festival is set for The Spring Bank Holiday, Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27, between 11am and 5pm. Banks Mill is on Bridge Street in Derby and is a studio space managed by the University of Derby.