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Enquire About AvailabilityMake Your Presence Felt: Feltmaking

Saturday 12-19 August 2017with Gladys Paulus and Selvedge Magazine

About the Workshop

These days felt artist Gladys Paulus’ work is more often than not found on film sets and theatre stages as her super-size felted animal masks - a sinister raven a sly old fox and a hare so true to life that its nose almost twitches -   are much in demand for dramatic productions. 

On this workshop with Gladys you’ll learn the techniques for creating the three-dimensional forms for which she has become known. Depending on your experience (total beginners are welcome on this week) you will either make an artpiece based on textures and patterns from the natural world or tackle something more ambitious such as a series of free-standing sculptural forms based on seed pods, buds and plants.

Feltmaking is both deceptively simple and endlessly complex and is thought to date back to Neolithic times long before we had learned to weave cloth.  It is a physical and intimate process during which wool fibres, water and soap are combined to transform into a dense matted fabric which can be shrunk into a tactile form.   As the wool shrinks and dries the shape is stored in the fibre.

Gladys’ aim during the week is to help you discover your creative approach to felt-making and encourage you to develop it.  You’ll create a series of samples, learning as you go about creating a 3D shape using a resist, blending natural colours and creating textural effects.  You’ll learn to stitch and manipulate both during and after the feltmaking process and you’ll get a sense of how you can push the boundaries of this versatile material.

You’ll work during the week with a variety of protein and cellulose fibres including Finn and Blue Faced Leicester mixed with Angora goat mohair sourced from a local farm.   A day of dyeing with woad, which gives a beautiful denim-like blue, will be included in the week and you can dye and incorporate some of these fibres into your work to create a link to the local landscape and remind you of your week at Chateau Dumas.  

Also included is a trip to a local fleamarket as well as to the Sunday morning farmer’s market in medieval St Antonin-Noble- Val. You’ll never have felt better after this workshop at Chateau Dumas.

 

Gladys Paulus

Gladys Paulus is a UK-based artist, working in the medium of hand-made felt textiles.  Born into a Dutch-Indonesian family and raised in the Netherlands, she studied fine art (painting) before moving to the UK in 1995.  Gladys made her first piece of felt in 2005 and wool is the material she has chosen to work with. An honest, protective and nurturing medium, it is subject to the ravages of time as much as we are. 

Gladys is a member of the Crafts Council Directory, International Feltmakers Association and Somerset Art Works. Her work can be found in private collections throughout Europe and the Americas.

www.gladyspaulus.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.

This week has been like a dream. I really don't want to wake up! Thanks for making this place so wonderful. Sveina B, Iceland

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Included:

  • 7 nights Chateau 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:

  • We have bedrooms available at the following prices: Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom : 2435E : Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2285E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2085E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom : 1935E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 975E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 500E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website 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.  A transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas is available at or around 3pm on arrival Saturday at a cost of 40E per person. An afternoon transfer from Montauban station is available at or around 4pm at 25E per person. There are two transfers from the Chateau to the airport on the morning of the departure Saturday. The first of these is at or around 7am and the second at or around 10am. The cost of the transfer from the Chateau to the airport is 40E and to Montauban station it is 25E.  Transfers to and from our local station Caussade T&G are free of charge. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 participants

Workshop:
Make Your Presence Felt: Feltmaking with Gladys Paulus and Selvedge magazine

Starts on:
12 August 2017

Length:
7 Days

Prices From: 1935 Euro

Non-Participating Partner Price: 975 Euro


Included:

  • 7 nights Chateau 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:

  • We have bedrooms available at the following prices: Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom : 2435E : Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2285E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2085E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom : 1935E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 975E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 500E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website 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.  A transfer from the airport to Chateau Dumas is available at or around 3pm on arrival Saturday at a cost of 40E per person. An afternoon transfer from Montauban station is available at or around 4pm at 25E per person. There are two transfers from the Chateau to the airport on the morning of the departure Saturday. The first of these is at or around 7am and the second at or around 10am. The cost of the transfer from the Chateau to the airport is 40E and to Montauban station it is 25E.  Transfers to and from our local station Caussade T&G are free of charge. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 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.