Black-Eyed Pea Festival Artist of the Week

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Ivory Batchan, surrounded by her wares at an outdoor market. Photo taken by Enjoli Sodivine of SodivineWare.com

The Black-Eyed Pea Festival is a celebration of African American tradi­tional music, food and art that emphasizes the cre­ativity of Black people in the United States.

Now in its sixth year, the festival originators in partnerships with the Post News Group will intro­duce you to an artist each week until the festival takes place on Sept. 14.

The vendors are artists, designers, jewelers, pro­ducers of skin care prod­ucts, etc.

Ivory Batchan/Designs by Ivory

Batchan’s Designs By Ivory is a collection of handbags, wallets, fanny packs handcrafted in Afri­can fabrics.

“My signature fanny packs are both unique and stylish,” Batchan said. “They have become a sta­ple in my business.”

Batchan began sewing when she was young and got her start designing and producing three years ago with the encouragement of family and friends.

“Next, I would like to ex­plore expanding my brand internationally. Everyone should have a Designs By IvoryB creation,” she said.

You can find Ivory’s cus­tom handbags online at www.DesignsByIvoryB. com. Follow her social me­dia @DesignsByIvoryB on FB and IG to see where her next pop up shop will be.

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