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Children decorated gloves with patterns and designs inspired by a Newark artist’s exhibition this week.

Twelve children, aged five to nine, decorated gloves with pipe cleaners and wire spirals as part of the Diwali Hands workshop, the last of the Young at Art sessions held at Newark Town Hall.

Diwali hands are an Indian art form, where people decorate their hands in patterns using henna.

The session, on Wednesday, was led by Hannah Sawtell, a freelance artist who first got the children to draw their patterns on a paper hand before transferring them to a glove that they could take home.

The children made their designs based on paintings by Dr Ranjan Chowdhary that are on show in the town council chamber.

Ashley Hubbard (8) said that he had enjoyed looking at Dr Chowdhary’s paintings and making his own gloves based on them.

James Wilson (10) said: “It is fun, I like art.

“I will make lots of my own patterns as well as use some of the paintings.”

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