Essential to the atmosphere of our workshops is the compatibility of the members of Les Soeurs Anglaises team, based on an enthusiastic outlook on life, common values, and an ability to work and play hard. We embrace the opportunity of welcoming new and familiar faces from all over the world and are always excited to introduce participants to our superb venue and hand-picked workshop leaders. Be prepared…..there is always a lot of laughter…… Here are a few words on our provenance.
The name Les Soeurs Anglaises was first used in 2000 when Katie Elliott Armitage and her sister, Susie, had a business sourcing and selling vintage French linen. In 2002, Katie moved permanently to France with her husband, Mike, and after completing the renovation of their Maison de Maitre, it was decided to use the name Les Soeurs Anglaises for the next project, a creative workshop retreat, with the express intention of providing guests with memorable, life-affirming experiences in their chosen creative subjects. Katie’s training was initially as a Graphic Designer, but she has also worked as an interior designer and paper conservationist whilst still collecting and selling vintage French linens. Textile collage (in fact everything textile) is her passion and her eclectic style can been seen throughout the property.
Susie Bolton Nash has spent most of her working life in the film business as a PA and continues to work part-time in Central London where she is based. As a result, long hours and an attention to detail are de rigeur and her involvement in the general preparation and organisation of the workshops is an essential ingredient to the smooth running of the events.
Carol Temple, has lived in S W France for ten years. Her ready smile, infectious laugh, level head and outgoing personality are a delightful addition to the atmosphere and organization of Les Soeurs Anglaises’ workshops, before during and after. Formally a deputy headmistress, she lives “around the corner” from Les Soeurs Anglaises venue with her husband, Dave, a Blues musician who, together with his trio, plays regularly at workshop evenings.
Whilst continuing to run her successful business, Red Hot PR from her London offices, Liz Bolton is responsible for the creative marketing and PR of the workshops. In the past, her clients have ranged from Perrier to Levi Straus and her vast and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the fashion and art worlds keeps Les Soeurs on their toes when looking at new workshop possibilities.