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Enquire About AvailabilitySlow Stitch, Mindful and Contemplative Textiles

Saturday 17-24 August 2019with Claire Wellesley-Smith and Selvedge Magazine

About the Workshop

You'll find yourself completley immersed and fully engaged on this workshop with British textile artist Claire Wellesley-Smith.  A sense of place is crucial to her work and for this week of mindful stitching you'll use the landscape around Chateau Dumas for your artistic inspiration.

The workshop begins with a walk to observe the beautiful rolling countryside around the Chateau and note its "marks and mending". Claire will help you to understand how these details communicate the histories of industry and making in the area.  You'll start  a stitch journal, a peaceful daily textile practice that offers space for thinking and reflection.  Journaling will form the beginning of each day's teaching at the Chateau and it will become a useful creative resource.

You'll discover sources of local colour, use natural ingredients to make your own dyes and explore the potential of other traditional dyes. Using your palette of natural colours you'll hand-dye threads and mordant pastes to produce prints before moving onto block printing on natural fabric.   Next you'll settle down to creating your layered and stitched piece.  Sitting in the company of others,  and using single stitches to embellish your work, you'll find the repetitive nature of your craft encourages mindful and contemplative reflections. 

Mid-week we'll enjoy a day of dyeing with woad, the original blue dye from the woad plant grown in the Toulouse area since medieval times. You can dye thread to incorporate in your work, bring things to dye from home, pick items up at local markets or buy natural fabric from Chateau Dumas. 

During the week there will also be a visit to the nearby atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and will include time spent both inside and outside the studio.

Claire Wellesley-Smith

Claire Wellesley-Smith is a British artist, writer and researcher drawn to slow craft practices and engagement with personal and community heritage. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants.

Dyes and stitches on reclaimed cloth are used in slow processes that allow time for consideration of methods of production and narratives of use. Claire uses archival research as the starting point for her work, looking at locations and community stories. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place. 

www.clairewellesleysmith.co.uk

Denise Lambert

Denise Lambert is a  regular at Chateau Dumas, Denise has been dyeing with woad (Isatis Tinctoria) since 1994 and has made the study its remarkable dyeing properties her life's work. Working with a farming cooperative who manages the crops, her company produces woad pigment, makes paints, decorative accessories, artworks and dyes clothes for the fashion industry.

Another extraordinary and marvellous and memorable week at Chateau Dumas. Thank you so much! Elizabeth B, Egypt

Read more testimonials here


Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • Single occupancy ensuite bedroom from: 2475E: Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2825E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom: 2675E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom from: 1975E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 1400E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of three hundred pounds is required to secure your place with the balance payable in Euros 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport
  • We require you to take out insurance before travelling to Chateau Dumas in case of unforeseen circumstances that may require you to cancel your attendance
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 7 participants

Workshop:
Slow Stitch, Mindful and Contemplative Textiles SOLD OUT

Starts on:
17 August 2019

Length:
5 Days

Prices From: 1975 Euro

Non-Participating Partner Price: 1400 Euro


Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • Single occupancy ensuite bedroom from: 2475E: Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2825E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom: 2675E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom from: 1975E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 1400E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of three hundred pounds is required to secure your place with the balance payable in Euros 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport
  • We require you to take out insurance before travelling to Chateau Dumas in case of unforeseen circumstances that may require you to cancel your attendance
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 7 participants

Because of nature of our workshops, and the small number of places available, we will need to manage orders personally. If you are interested joining us on this workshop, please fill in the details below and we will get in touch shortly.