Dead Chickens & The Dark Peak Corset

I’m not too sure what I’m writing about here as Erika’s new work has yet to be unveiled but the one view I have had (which I share with you below) suggests we can expect something different in her exhibition at the Studios during the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. But the layering and textural finish remains so it’s maybe not too different…


On the corset front (pun clearly intended!) Ella has been busy hand painting and embroidering…here are  glimpses of the work in progress to tempt you…




Ella’s Sewing Cafe

We had some fabulous coverage in the Glossop Advertiser this week as Ella became a page 3 girl.  Ella talked to Sue about her work as a costume designer on Pirates of the Carribean 2 and the time she ironed Orlando Blooms trousers! Such glamour – it’s almost too much! Anyway, Ella’s Sewing Cafe is open Tuesday evenings and is a space for sewists of all experiences and none to get together. Our sewing machines can be hired or you can bring your own, there is space to ‘cut out’, ironing boards and of course tea and cake.








The talented Ella is also one of our featured artists during the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. Ella has designed a corset inspired by the hills of the Peak District. Titled the ‘Dark Peak Corset’ the corset will featured hand painted panels, beading and a full skirt. Here’s Ella in the early stages fitting the corset, I’ll bring more pictures as the project develops.