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Botanical & Mandala Workshop in Leek, Staffordshire

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a group of 10 ladies from the Leek & District Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers. This was my first time presenting this new themed class to such a large and established group of textile artists with diverse skill sets, so I accepted the challenge with a mix of excitement and apprehension.

Fortunately, my worries were unfounded. The workshop turned out to be a wonderfully creative, relaxed and productive experience. I set the day rolling with a demonstration of the techniques, explaining the methods and showing how to use the various tools. This hands-on approach allowed everyone to get comfortable with using a tjanting or kistka — many had never tried batik before.

The group was a mix of talented textile aficionados. On one side of the hall, I and several guild members worked away on our batik projects, whilst on the opposite side, others were engrossed in their current spinning, embroidery, and handicraft projects.

The guild only holds a few joint workshops each year, making it a special privilege to be invited to be the facilitator of this event. It was a fantastic team-building exercise, and everyone left feeling proud of their achievements. Leading this workshop was a joy, and I cherish the happy memories we created together.

I look forward to future opportunities to teach and inspire more textile enthusiasts — either as groups or individuals!

New Classes Now Available

Attic Batik is pleased to announce 2 new themed classes to choose from. I have added ‘Botanical Batik’ & ‘Mandala Art’ to the list of options, with more to come later in the year. Both of these classes are a little more challenging than our ‘Initial Class’ which I consider to be a foundation class in batik with a little room for experimentation. These classes are more precise but they are none-the-less suitable for a confident beginner or someone with a little prior experience of batiking. If you have experience of painting and drawing, then I would guess these two new classes might be a good fit for you, particularly if you are quite a detailed artist. That said, my 4 most recent students on this class didn’t consider themselves to be artists at all, and they handled it beautifully. Here are close-up shots of their work:

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 with and share batik with so many lovely people. It was especially pleasing to see and hear the curious expressions of young and old who had never seen this craft before. 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 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! It was also a nice surprise to meet fellow batik artists (we are a rare-breed in the UK) and to compare tools, techniques 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! 🙂

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 to 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 all 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. 🙂

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