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Charity to unveil ‘fruits of their labour’
Saturday 15th April 2017 @ 08:00 by Adam Higgins

If bosses of a charity are struggling for cash, they could always look at the drapes for inspiration!

High Peak Community Arts’ Project eARTh will be unveiling its ‘Orchard Textiles’ later this month.

The range of colourful prints will be turned into curtains for the charity’s High Lees Hall base.

Community arts Alison Bowry said: “We are really looking forward to having them. They are so bright and colourful, and will really cheer us up when we are in the office, struggling with funding bids.”

Project eARTh (environmental arts and health) is a programme for adults experiencing mental distress or other long term conditions.

Members worked on the project with artist Amanda Whewell, learning about pattern design.

Inspired by New Mills Community Orchard, they have been hand printing, using appliqué and embroidery, to create fabric pieces featuring apples, pears and plums.

Alison added: “This has been a wonderful project. People have really enjoyed learning about pattern making, and the different techniques we have used. Amanda has really inspired people, and everyone’s art work is of a very high standard.

“We are really looking forward to having them. The curtains will also liven up the meeting room, and will be enjoyed by groups that meet there, such as ‘Peakabout Arts’, many of whom are also in Project eARTh, so they will be able to enjoy the ‘fruits’ of their own labour.”

Orchard Textiles will be unveiled at Spring Bank Arts Centre in New Mills on Thursday, April 27, at a celebration which takes place from 11am to 1pm.

It’s free and open to everyone, with visitors able to see the finished textiles, alongside participants’ sketch books of design and experimentation, and a large photographic display of the project.

There will also be tea, coffee and cake!

Project eARTh is a partnership between High Peak Community Arts, High Peak Community Mental Health Team, High Peak Mental Health Project and High Peak CVS.

It runs two groups per week in New Mills and Buxton for people across the High Peak, providing transport for those who need it.

A minibus from Glossop to New Mill runs each week.

Participants work with professional artists to create art works for the community.

Funded by the National Lottery, it is in its seventh year.


Main picture:

Colourful creation: One of the artistic patterns for the curtains

By David Jones