Belper Arts Trail Event 5/6th May 2019

What an event! This was my first time exhibiting on an arts trail and what a joyous experience it turned out to be. Attic Batik was venue number 5, snuggled up in the middle of the old former White Swan pub on Belper’s Market Place. Our space was shared by artist Karen Logan displaying some fine lino cut prints and by mixed media painter Neil Hunt showcasing his rather lovely local landscapes. Neighbouring businesses RedFox Beauty and Emerald Beauty also loaned space to young and super hardworking animal painter Natasha Lowe and creative landscape photographer Valerie Dalling showing her beautiful painterly looking photos.

This 2 day event was extremely well attended by folks from near and far and it was heartwarming to meet so many lovely people and share batik. It was an honour to show the craft to those who had never seen it done before and to see the intrigue and curious expressions on the faces of people young and old for whom this craft was unknown. For plenty of others who could smell the hot wax on their approach up the stairs it brought back nostalgic memories of having tried batik when they were either at school or at University. One lady said the smell was highly evocative and reminded her of when she used to work in a ski shop where she waxed skis – first prize for the most unexpected and original story! It was also a pleasure to meet fellow batik and textile artists and to compare techniques, tools and swap information.

Thank you to every body who came out to visit, peruse and to purchase work and big thanks to the team of organisers at https://www.belperarts.org for all their hard work. I can’t wait to do it all again next year now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Making window light catchers
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Now an Airbnb Experience Host

Are you travelling to pretty Derbyshire for a holiday? Or even staying a while in the lovely little shopping and heritage town of Belper? There is so much to do and see around here and you’ll be received with a warm welcome.

Approved by Airbnb

Attic Batik on the Belper Market Place has just been approved as an Airbnb Experience Host. We now offer classes to holiday makers to enhance your visit and for you to come and create lasting special memories as part of your stay in the county.

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Belper Arts Trail Application Accepted

I’m very excited to announce that Attic Batik will be on the Belper Arts Trail this year! The trail runs over the May Bank Holiday (5/6th May) as part of the ever popular annual Belper Arts Festival. The studio will be hosting two further artist/makers and our building The White Swan on the Market Place will be open for you to visit and see what we have on offer. Other businesses in the house will also be providing temporary spaces for artists and their work so it’s set to be a hive of creativity. We are just one tiny part of this massive not-to-be-missed event and I am very much looking forward to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

More info at:
https://www.belperarts.org
http://www.belperartsfestival.org/about-us.html

Late Night Studio Openings until Christmas

Make a unique batik Christmas card for someone you love ……… If youโ€™re in Belper on Thursday evenings doing your late night Christmas shopping ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ„we at The White Swan on the Market Place are open too! Please feel free to pop in and see us for a complimentary mince pie and little bit of batik brilliance!! Open till 8pm (for age 16+ only).ย 

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Trial Run Class

Hello!! We had a trial run of the studio on Saturday to test out the work space and the delivery of the “Initial Class”. ย It was a super day that unbeknown to me coincided with the Belper Halloween Pumpkin Trail event. It was great to have the door open and meet so many of the passing townspeople all eager to see what Attic Batik is about, though some of you looked pretty scary to be honest!

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Ready for Action

After a very long week and and a mad dash to get everything ready for our first trial batik class on Saturday, the studio is now ready! Itโ€™s both beautiful and functional and Iโ€™m looking forward to spending many wonderful hours in here batiking with everybody. Iโ€™m sure the place will never look so clean again so I am posting these photos for posterity. ๐Ÿ˜

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