Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Wirksworth Arts Trail

Last weekend was spent in the lovely Derbyshire town of Wirksworth, taking part in the opening weekend of their annual Arts Festival. There was loads going on with artists and makers dotted around the town in homes, shops and other venues as part of an Arts Trail.

Work ranged from beautifully crafted objects like these giant ceramic and paper flowers

To more conceptual pieces like this shop window "Bland" supporting independent shops.

Do you like BLAND?

I have to say that whilst there was a wonderful atmosphere in the town, and a real sense of life and energy about that festival - sales weren't good. Times are hard for all, but if the energy created by artists and makers is to continue to bring life then sales need to be made!

Buy handmade and support British makers
 or live with the Bland!

Ok, campaigning over with! Back to the trail and my experience at Trail Venue 23 - Totley Antiques
Hosted by George and John of Totley Antiques on the main street, I was upstairs along with artist Louise Jannetta, who loves trees and paints and creates collagraphs. We also had one of those "it's a small world" moments, as we had exhibited in Buxton at past fairs in the Pavilion Gardens.

Totley Antiques from the lovely courtyard garden
The shop is an old tudor house, which means that it's quite "cosy", and I was "nestled" amongst antiques and paintings! I also had work in a cabinet too.

Good job I'm not claustrophobic!

Next weekend more of my work will be in another unusual venue. More on that in my next post!

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