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"Makers' Retreats: Experimental Botanical Embroidery with Lora Avedian"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join textile artist Lora Avedian for a week of playful experimentation with textiles and hand embroidery, learning how to draw with stitch. We will look at a variety of classic hand embroidery and embellishment techniques, and will learn how to play with scale and materials to create different qualities of line, 3D relief and texture. You will learn how to combine this with three-dimensional fabric flowers using Lora’s fabric pleater. This will be an intensive and experimental week where you can learn Lora’s trade tips and tricks to create an original and dynamic mixed-media textile design of your own. This will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to explore what can be done with this very traditional craft.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lora Avedian
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £445 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Untamed Improvisation with Sheila Frampton-Cooper"
June 1-8, 2024
 

Come, share your passion for quilting & painting on fabric with like-minded enthusiasts against the backdrop of France’s serene landscapes, vivacious culture, and historical charm. Join us as we explore inspiring landscapes and captivating landmarks, gathering creative inspiration for your fiber art masterpieces. These instructive and invigorating journeys will enhance not only your understanding of motifs but also your ability to integrate and juxtapose elements within your fiber art compositions. One of the course’s key aspects is the development of your personalized idea book - a valuable resource for organizing and archiving your artistic vision. We will discuss its creation and utility, ensuring that your book successfully captures your observations and serves as a vital tool for future artistic endeavors.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sheila Frampton-Cooper
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $1,100 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Conversations between Drawing and Thread with Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock"
June 22-29, 2024
 

This workshop brings together two artists, Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock, in an immersive week of drawing and textile making. Inspired by the gardens and landscape of Clos Mirabel in South West France, you will be encouraged to develop your individual style with the support and guidance of these skilled and generous practitioner/tutors. Chloe will share her enthusiasm for drawing and love of colour and Angela will share many textile making techniques, including embroidery stitches, couching, applique and trapunto quilting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £450 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Creating Hooked Textiles Inspired by the French Pyrenees with Graham Hollick"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Join Graham Hollick in the French Pyrenees for an immersive journey into the art of rug hooking. Whether you’re hooking your first thread or you’re seasoned in the craft, Graham will lead you through every step of the creative process. Throughout the week, you’ll have the chance to embark on inspiring excursions to the Pyrenees National Park, explore the historical tapestries at the Château de Pau, or take leisurely walks in the picturesque Clos Mirabel park, infusing your work with the magic of the surroundings. Acquire simple yet highly effective techniques such as collage, plein-air sketching, color matching, textiles analysis, and the use of textiles from recycled materials.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Graham Hollick
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 400€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: An Embroidered Journey with Sam Hunter"
October 19-26, 2024
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Piece Flow Joy: Quilting From The Heart with Sherri Lynn Wood"
August 30 - September 6, 2025
 

Join Sherri Lynn Wood for a restorative week of abstract piecing at the beautiful Atelier Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrénées, designed to get you out of your head and into your hands and heart. Nurture a receptive approach to freestyle quilting where you become the conduit through which creativity and patterns flow and are expressed. Learn ruler-free piecing techniques and how to harness your rhythm of attention and emotional energy into shape, colour and pattern to tell the unfolding story of being you!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sherri Lynn Wood
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $750 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: From Photo to Embroidery with Sam Hunter"
September 27 - October 4, 2025
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


 

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