.... motion possible.....
We thought we would open this newsletter with a quote from one of the guests at our recently completed Motion Impossible workshop.
"Just returned from an idyllic week at Les Soeurs Anglaises Motion Impossible workshops in France. I was part of the important support team of thirteen magicians who made things jiggle, ding and go thunk including Tim, Katie, Robin, Sabrina, Helen, Ursula, Ove, Robert M and Dave with #RobertRace as the head of operations. The animatronic sculptures ran on a mixture of wind, solar and water power. There were some rather clever people there, but who cares about them, it was the support team who kept them moving. Fabulous week, amazing experience. Thanks Les Soeurs Anglaises!"
Says it all, really.
Our next two workshops - Julie Arkel's "The Museum of the Kind & Curious"; and Chris Manning's "Slow Stitchery" - are full to capacity but there are still have a few places remaining for Åsa Tricosa's "Knitting Im-Mercerie" and Celia Pym & Richard McVetis' "Embroidery & Mending" events, both this September, a particularly beautiful time of year down here in S W France. Generally still warm enough to swim but not too hot to sit outside to knit, sew or simply listen to the birds..
Åsa Sōderman has knitted her way from Sweden to Germany via New York and Boston and Singapore, and Sussex; and whilst she's never been interested in knitting academia as such she's seriously attracted by clever knitting solutions (mostly top-down) and her Ravelry followers are legion. She will be bringing with her some of her favourite Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarns for participants to try over the five-days of stitching. We can't wait.
Master mender, Celia Pym, returns to Les Soeurs Anglaises for a week of traditional embroidery and mending techniques, this time accompanied by much-lauded fellow embroiderer, Richard McVetis. Richard is celebrated for his meticulously worked wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses, which explore the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric . His beautiful commissioned pieces often explore how objects, materials and places, through the action of hands, bear witness to the passing of time. Celia and Richard's week-long event offer the opportunity to engage the mind and lift the spirits before the arrival of quieter autumnal and winter months ahead. Morning and evening yoga sessions with Liz Bolton of Silver Yoga will be offered and are included in the price.
On a different note, betwixt and between June and September this year we will be hosting our second Blues & Boogie Weekend to raise funds for the much-needed charity, Medécins sans Frontières. Why not join us and you can knit or sew along to the great music?
The three concerts between the 21st and 24th July will feature top International blues, jazz and boogie woogie pianists, Silvan Zingg, Deanna Bogart and the fab Luca Sestak. Thoughout the weekend, food will be prepared and served by Sven-Hanson Britt (Masterchef, The Professtionals finalist) and his team of top chefs. There will be jive demos (and a class for those with surplus energy) and an opportunity to enjoy our wonderful venue with like-minded enthusiasts. Join us for the individual concerts, or for the whole weekend (we have one double en suite bedroom still available!) and help an important charity.