Our Team

Jennie Merriman

Website and Brochure Officer, Acting Chair

Jennie comes from an embroidery background and now works as a mixed media textile artist and printmaker. She is a member of textile and printmaking groups in Derbyshire and Sheffield, exhibiting and running workshops with them. Her creative work focuses on stitch, print and constructed 3D pieces.

Ann Robson

Secretary and Editor

Ann is a weaver. One strand of her current work is tapestry. The other is handwoven textiles of a more practical kind.

She has a B.A. Hons in Textile Design and a P.G.C.E. She has been an adult tutor and a primary school teacher.

Olinda Everett

MailChimp Secretary

Olinda is a potter who works in Ashover  making boxes and sculpture She draws on Middle Eastern and Southern European ceramic styles. Olinda is a member of the Northern Potters Association and Holymoorside Arts Festival.

Adrian Holt

Committee

Adrian is a ceramics artist based in Glossop. He joined the team in 2011 having exhibited as an artist for the last six Open Arts events. Adrian aims to promote the arts in the north of the county and recognises the important role that the Derbyshire Open Arts plays in this.

Andrea Joseph

Social Media

Andrea Joseph is an illustrator from South Wales, now living and drawing in the high peak. Her illustration work has taken her around the world, working on book, documentary illustration and urban sketching. She teaches online for Sketchbook Skool and runs her own workshops in Derbyshire including the popular Drink and Draw events. In 2012 a book was published about Andrea's work.

Emma Jane Hough

Committee

Emma is an abstract painter who graduated from Central St. Martins in 2012 and then spent 7 years living and working in London. In January 2018, Emma moved back to Derbyshire and extablished herself as a full time artist.

Tracey Coverley

Social Media

Living in Whaley Bridge for over 25 years now, trained in fine art at Loughborough then lived a life on the railway. 3 years ago I set up 'Handmade in Horwich End' and basically create what I want, largely working as a textile artist producing both 2D & 3D work. 2 main workstreams - fabric figures and reverse appique & machine embroidered portraits to commission.

Liz Marriott

Committee

Having lived in Derbyshire for the last 14 years Liz finds it inspiring to invoke this within her craft work of soft furnishings including hand beaded bedspreads, hearts bags and collage pictures.