Get to the art of Derbyshire’s crafts people

Karen Herrick of Harlequin Arts will be exhibiting during Derbyshire Open Arts weekend.
Karen Herrick of Harlequin Arts will be exhibiting during Derbyshire Open Arts weekend.
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Creative people will open their studios and workshops to the public to mark the tenth anniversary of Derbyshire Open Arts.

Nearly 300 artisans in 71 venues across the county will be demonstrating their skills and showcasing their work this weekend.

Students from Chesterfield College will showcase painting, print, illustration, ceramics, silver work, fashion and textile products in the town’s West Studios.

Over at Holymoorside Village Hall, Karen Herrick will display textile wall art inspired by the seasons, nature, faith stories and colour. She uses photography, scribbles and sketches, paper collage and research to prepare layered textile art pieces from hand coloured or printed fabrics.

Karen, of Harlequin Arts, said: “Most of my work tells a story and is a reflection of myself. This has enabled me to inspire creativity in primary education, health settings, community art, adult education and creative retreats.”

Eddie Hallam’s life size sculptures of British birds and wildlife cast in bronze will take pride of place at Riber Art Gallery, adjacent to Greenways Farm, Riber, Matlock.

The event will feature 112 artists using glass, fabric, stone, yarn, metal, glaze, acrylics, wool, ceramics, film, textiles, paint and charcoal to interpret the industrial and natural beauty of Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Open Arts founder Ally Roberts said: “For our visitors this is a chance to find out what inspires real artists, to interact with how they go about their work and find out why they do what they do!

“For our artists it is a fantastic opportunity to promote their work, share their enthusiasm and meet potentialclients. With the ever growing global interest in all forms of art and design, both commercially and domestically, this is a very important event.

“We hope that we can build on the great fortune we have encountered over the last ten years and we look forward to welcoming visitors at our interesting and educational event over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.”

To find out more visit www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk