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Saturday 5-12 August 2017with Donya Coward and Selvedge Magazine

About the Workshop

No animals are harmed in the making of Donya Coward’s animal trophies we promise!  Donya is a ‘textile taxidermist’ whose three dimensional animal sculptures are wittily crafted from recycled fabrics, sequins and oddments. Her work is fun and fresh and guaranteed to bring on a smile and a cheer to any interior.

Her work is as much about embroidery skills as animal imagery as her pieces are heavily adorned with beads, jewels and all kinds of decorative stitches including couching and appliqué.   On this week with Donya you’ll choose to create either a pigeon or a crow (wings closed) and our first stop will be to a local fleamarket where you’ll be on a mission to find fabrics, lace and other bits and pieces to incorporate in your bird project.

Once in the studio you’ll begin with exercises in mark-making and Donya will encourage you to leave your preconceived ideas behind to allow for ‘happy accidents’ to enter into your work.  This preparatory work is playful and experimental and you’ll be rewarded for your risk-taking as you collage, draw with sticks, cut paper and threads, rub away paint before working back into these with layering techniques and processes.

Once you’ve edited your ideas and translated your design onto fabric you’ll be ready to apply them to your bird mould using a template. You’ll find your ideas evolve as you sculpt, often taking you in unplanned and exciting directions.  You’ll marvel as your artwork turns from an empty mould to a fully-fledged bird with a presence and personality of its own.

We take a day out from our ‘veggie taxidermy’ to 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 bring things to dye from home, pick items up at local markets or buy natural fabric to dye from Chateau Dumas. 

During the week there is 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.

Donya Coward

Donya Coward is a textile artist both inspired and obsessed by thread, cloth, haberdashery and all the possibilities that can come from experimenting with these materials.  She uses historical and classical embroideries and textiles for inspiration and to develop ideas for working with contemporary materials. Donya is always on the look out for second hand or vintage materials to use in her work and she upcycles lace, embroidered motifs and clothing found in charity shops and clothes swaps.   Her eye is caught by  atterns and textures that lend themselves to mimicking animal qualities. She uses a lot of stitch techniques in her work including beading, couching, stitching and appliqué to marry the pieces together. 

www.donyacoward.co.uk

Denise Lambert

Dyeing with woad is a regular activity at Chateau Dumas and Denise Lambert 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.

Thanks for the best experience ever! I've had a ball! Rosie C, Australia

Read more testimonials here


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 foundation materials are included.  You will be asked to bring some scraps of fabric with you and you may like to buy additional items at the fleamarket

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:
Textile Taxidermy with Donya Coward and Selvedge magazine

Starts on:
05 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 foundation materials are included.  You will be asked to bring some scraps of fabric with you and you may like to buy additional items at the fleamarket

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.