a quiet adventure
Julie Arkell and Celia Pym
29th May to 4th June 2019
5 days / 6 nights
We are delighted and excited that good friends, Julie Arkell and Celia Pym - both celebrated artist/crafters - will be collaborating for the very first time at this uniquely insightful and creative workshop which will combine their knitting, stitching, repair, drawing, and darning techniques as well as much more ( though please note however, not papier maché).
Through a series of mini-projects, Julie and Celia will explore with participants the beauty and relevance of slightly damaged, neglected, and often forgotten domestic items, as well as found objects, gathered and collected during the event from local markets and the surrounding countryside. Each workshop day will be jointly structured by these two immensely experienced artists and teachers in a safe and supportive atmosphere that will lead participants through a gentle, personal journey of play and creativity, learning practical and useful skills along the way. Essentially a joyful “recycling” experience which may, occasionally, touch on feelings of déjà vu or melancholy, this event is hoped to be the first part of a series of collaborative workshops between Julie and Celia at Les Soeurs Anglaises.
Max. 12 participants
Julie Arkell needs little in the way of an introduction: she is one of the UK's best recognized contemporary folk artists using stitch, knit, paper, ephemera and vintage fabric in her own distinctly personal style. The results are always magically appealing and unique. Based in London, her work has been exhibited at the Crafts Council of Great Britain and the Contemporary Applied Arts and is collected both in the UK, the USA and Internationally. Her 2 bestselling books Home and Away, published by the Ruthin Craft Centre.
Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London. In 2018 she completed a commission, the Flying Gold Cape, for the Noveau Museé National de Monaco. She has been exploring mending since 2007 with extensive experience of repairing small everyday holes as well as more dramatic damage, from water damage, animal nesting and moths issues.Most recently her work was included in exhibitions at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Center and Pump House Gallery, London. She was shortlisted for the inaugural Loewe Craft Prize, COAM, Madrid, Chamber Gallery, NY and 21_21 Gallery, Tokyo and Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum in 2017. She was awarded the Penalnd UK Craft Fellowship 2018. She is currently a visiting lecturer in Textiles at the Royal College of Art. 2014-2016 she was one of five makers selected for the Crafts Council’s Parallel Practices project at Kings College London. Partnered with Dr Richard Wingate they explored mending and the study of anatomy. Celia was the ‘darner in residence’ in KCL’s Dissecting Room.
the workshop includes:
5 days of L'Espace studio workshop with Julie
All breakfasts, lunches (except 1 on local market am), dinners and refreshments
Snacks and beverages throughout your stay
Pick-up and drop-off at arrival airport Bergerac / train station Angouleme (at allocated times)*
*Air and train fares to and from collection points in France are not included.
Travel day - you will be sent information regarding transportation to Les Soeurs Anglaises (pick-ups are generally late afternoon) from Angoulemetrain station and Bergerac airport. Welcome, Meet + Greet dinner at the house.
Introduction to L'Espace Studio and project with Julie and Celia. Ongoing discussions throughout the day to help with launching participants’ individual "stories."
Optional visit to local brocante in the morning. Continued work in the studio.
Continued work in L'Espace studio and dinner at a local French restaurant or a Gourmet Dinner at the Maison de Maître.
Finishing projects in the studio with Julie and Celia. "Show and Tell" of participants' work.
Brunch followed by departures before lunch.
Please note: THIS IS A PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. IT IS SUBJECT TO MODEST MODIFICATIONS, DEPENDENT ON LOCAL WEATHER, NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND THE WISHES OF THE WORKSHOP LEADER
Pricing for this 5 night/6 day workshop varies depending on your choice of accommodation. Please see prices below or click here to see our accommodation photo gallery.
A: Luxury double bedroom en suite (single occupancy) : 3088€
B: Luxury double bedroom en suite (shared occupancy): 2500€
C: Standard twin bedroom with shared bathroom (single occupancy): 2500€
D: Standard twin bedroom with shared bathroom (shared occupancy): 2100€
We require a 560€ non-refundable deposit to secure a booking, the full balance being payable two months prior to the start of the workshop.