It’s not easy being green….

It’s not easy being green….

It’s not easy being green was of course a song from The Muppets where Kermit sang about the difficulties of being a frog. It was also, more relevantly a TV series from about ten years ago about one family’s journey to self-sufficiency. Continue reading

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Guest Post by Alison Kay – An artist working with Nature

I am an artist who works with soley natural or upcycled materials. I use mineral pigments mixed into a hand-made milk paint, found objects, plant dyes, grasses and seeds, pre-used goodies – whatever I can get my hands on! With these, I create intuitively – meaning that I never know what I’m going to create when I start out; instead I follow where my curiosity leads me.   Continue reading

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Meet Jan Brocklehurst Pyrography

A huge welcome to our newest member Jan Brocklehurst. Jan is a pyrography artist based in Little Eaton, Derbyshire. She is self taught, learning as she goes. Those who visited our Time & Tide exhibition may recall her wonderful ‘Happy Tides’ piece. We asked Jan to tell us more… Continue reading

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Feed The Birds – DIY Garden Bird Feeder Ideas

I love watching the birds on our homemade feeders through the kitchen window. We have lots of visitors at the moment to our yogurt pot and pudding bowl creations. I’d love to add some more throughout the garden and so I’ve been looking for ideas, here are some that I’ve found so far…. Continue reading

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Tips For Upcycling Pallets From Simon’s Shed

Pallet Mud Kitchen

If you search for ideas on wood making, you’ll come across many that tell you how to replicate the “old” wood effect from new wood. And this makes me inwardly smile because I spend my time making old wood look new. Well maybe not new but at least trying to change it from something that looks fit for the bonfire into something worth keeping. That’s because I mostly use pallets. This isn’t intended as a “how to” guide, there’s enough of those already. Instead I just want to share a few things I’ve learnt over the last couple of years. Continue reading

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Time & Tide Awards Evening Banksmill Studios Derby

What a fantastic evening, we are thrilled with the turnout, the atmosphere was wonderful, so laid back and friendly. Great to see some new and some familiar faces and to get to meet in person those we regularly speak to online. The award winners are…… Continue reading

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Fire, Water, Air & Earth Virtual Online Eco Exhibition

Our annual exhibition at Banksmill has proved very popular so we have decided to add a virtual exhibition to our calendar. The details are being finalised but we thought we’d get the ball rolling to give everyone plenty of time to get work submitted. Continue reading

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Call for Submissions – Masquerade Eco & Upcycled Art Exhibition

We are very excited to announce the theme for the January 2018 exhibition, if you’d like to be kept up to date about how to submit work for this event please use the form here  Keep Me Updated Continue reading

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Time & Tide Events Updates

We’re getting close now!!! These are the dates for our Time & Tide exhibition events

  • 2nd January exhibition opens
  • 7th January Awards & Networking Night
  • 14th January Felting workshop with finalist Christine Taylor
  • 21st January Demonstrations, Wokshops & January SALE 10am-3pm
  • 27th January – Exhibition closes Continue reading
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January Dates For Your Diary!

We have a very exciting January planned!

Time & Tide Exhibition 2nd – 27th January

It all starts on the 2nd January when our Time & Tide exhibition will open to the public. We will be at Banks Mill between 10am & 3pm 2nd Jan if anyone would like a guided tour of the work. Just buzz studio 1.8! Continue reading

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