EMBROIDERY AND MENDING WORKSHOP
with Celia Pym & Richard McVetis
21-29 SEPTEMBER 2017 (7 DAYS - 8 NIGHTS)
This unique workshop will bring together Richard McVetis and Celia Pym for the first time. Both Celia and Richard are superlative artists and workshop leaders and for this workshop they will be drawing on their shared love of stitching, paying special attention to time, labour, care and repair to develop a week of stitching and mending.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The aim of the workshop is to explore a combination of hand embroidery techniques with an emphasis on textile repair and mending, how it was worked traditionally and, equally important, why. Instead of throwing away a torn or damaged piece of clothing participants will be shown how a flaw offers instead the perfect opportunity to enhance its beauty. Repairing textiles has become much more than a necessity; it adds surface design, pattern, texture and embellishment as illustrated in Japanese Boro. There will be careful and tender attention to the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark making, emphasizing the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching and the sheer pleasure of having time to make and mend.
The sessions will be shared between the two artists, sections led individually but at times together. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own garments and objects for repair, but relevant materials will also be provided on which to practice specialized embroidery, patching and repairs.
ABOUT CELIA & RICHARD
Celia Pym studied Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard and Textiles at the Royal College of Art and is now based in London. She is also a qualified nurse and teacher and works part time as Visiting Lecturer in textiles at the RCA and University of the Creative Arts, Farnham. She has exhibited across the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Japan and USA and some of her work is in the collection of the Crafts Council and various private collections.
Richard McVetis studied constructed textiles at the Royal College of Art, London. He is a member of the renowned 62 Group of Textile Artists and is celebrated for his meticulously embroidered drawings and objects. His artistic practice centres on his training as an embroiderer through the use of traditional hand-stitch and mark-making using wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses exploring the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric.
Celia and Richard have been friends since studying textiles at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Both live and work in London.
To help you further unwind and release your creativity, our regular Iyengar influenced Yogateacher, Liz Bolton, will be leading asana and relaxation sessions first thing in the morning and again in the early evening, every day. The choice of what you do, how much and when, will be entirely yours and we’ll actively encourage you to go at your own pace. Let us help you make this a special and memorable week to enjoy what you love amongst like-minded people.
THE WORKSHOP INCLUDES:
Breakfasts, lunches (excluding free day**) and dinners
1 dinner at a local French restaurant
Snacks and beverages throughout
6 days of studio workshop with Celia and Richard
One on one time and general help from Celia and Richard
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
**Free day to visit brocantes or marchés, relax by the pool or continue work unsupervised in the studio
This workshop is limited to 12 people.
Travel day - you will be sent information regarding transportation to Les Soeurs Anglaises but pick-ups are generally later afternoon from Angouleme train station and Bergerac airport. Welcome Meet + Greet dinner at the house.
Optional yoga before breakfast. Introduction to Studio, materials and equipment with Celia or Richard. Ongoing discussions throughout the day to help with launching participants’ personal projects. Optional yoga before dinner.
Optional yoga before breakfast. Continued work in the Studio with Celia and Richard. Optional yoga before dinner.
Day off to visit local brocantes or marchés, relax or continue work unsupervised in the Studio.
CHANGE OVER day. Yoga before breakfast (optional). Morning visit to local vide grenier (optional). Continued work in the Studio with Richard or Celia. Yoga before dinner (optional).
Yoga before breakfast (optional). Continued work in the Studio with Celia and Richard. Evening meal at local French restaurant.
Yoga before breakfast (optional). Finishing projects in Studio with Celia and Richard. ‘Show and Tell’ of participants’ work.
Brunch followed by departure of participants.
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 7 night/8 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) : £2780
B: Luxury double bedroom en suite (shared occupancy): £2032
C: Standard twin bedroom with shared bathroom (single occupancy): £2373
D: Standard twin bedroom with shared bathroom (shared occupancy): £1751
E: Le Mezzanine/dormitory (available only for 4 people sharing): £1124 per person