Art & Textile Workshops

ART & TEXTILE WORKSHOPS

For 2018, we are starting a new chapter in the evolution of Kerledan with the introduction of residential art & textile workshops. We are very excited and proud to welcome the following tutors who have agreed to help launch this new phase.

Julie Arkell - Folk ArtistFolk Artist
with Julie Arkell
10-15 May 2018

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Textile Translations - Liz ClayTextile Translations
with Liz Clay
21-25 May 2018

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Indigo DyingIndigo Dying
with Jane Callender
2-8 Sept 2018

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Embroidery - Jess ChorleyEmbroidery
with Jessie Chorley
18-24 Sept 2018

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FOLK ARTIST – Julie Arkell

11 – 15 May 2018  (4 days 5 nights)

Summary

Join Julie Arkell for a 4 day workshop to create your own papier mâché , vintage fabrics and embroidery magical creatures.

About the Workshop

Firstly, I would like to say how excited Peter and I are about a future collaboration with one of UK’s best known contemporary Folk Artists, Julie Arkell, who has agreed to give her first workshop here in May 2018, which will be the start of a new chapter for us here at Kerledan.

People come from all over the world to discover Julie’s unique folk artwork and now we are lucky enough to have her here in Brittany!


The Workshop Includes:

– 5 nights
– 4 days workshop with Julie
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments
– Guided trips to a local market and Valley of the Saints

Not included: transport to and from Kerledan


Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival
Day 2 – Introduction to Julie and her world of papier-maché and magical creatures, start of individual projects
Day 3 – Visit to a local market, al fresco lunch afternoon in the studio with Julie
Day 4 –Morning in the studio followed by lunch and then a trip out to the ‘Valley of the Saints’- a fascinating project to sculpt, out of monumental pieces of rock, the 1000 saints of Brittany.
Day 5 – Finishing projects in the studio followed by a round up of the work achieved with a farewell dinner
Day 6 – Brunch with departure before midday


Pricing For This Workshop
(per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with ensuite facilities (shared occupancy) – £870

1 double bedroom with ensuite facilities (single occupancy) – £995

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 7


Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of £400 will be requested 8 weeks in advance, to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT JULIE ARKELL

Julie Arkell

Julie works with papier mâché , vintage fabrics and embroidery to create her own distinctive magical creatures.

She lives in London and has exhibited at the Crafts Council of Great Britain and the Contemporary Applied Arts, with 2 published books, HOME and AWAY, by Ruthin Craft Centre, to her name.

TEXTILE TRANSLATIONS WORKSHOP – with Liz Clay

21 – 25 May 2018  (5 days, 6 nights)

Summary

Layers, patterns and mark making with nuno felt and stencilling. Explore two of the oldest art techniques known to man to produce dynamic design and surface effects with contemporary hand felting techniques. Working with nature and the man-made landscape, create your own patterns to inspire distinctive surface design for interior projects and decorative accessories.

This is an imaginative and stimulating journey within a wide creative context.

About The Workshop

On this workshop you will learn the techniques for creating an art piece inspired by natural forms or the manmade environment. Personalise your work with guidance and learn how to design and make stencils from your own drawings or photographs and use these to produce dynamic surface effects with contemporary hand felting techniques.

Personalise the two dimensional surface and develop a theme with your stencil designs and photographs. Narratives that explore repetition, pattern, texture and mark making.

The aim is to help you discover your creative approach to working with materials experimentally within the medium of felt-making and gain the maximum creative outcome offered by such a small and intimate group structure.

Enjoy the creative satisfaction of developing your subject matter to make a collection of pieces within a theme or focus on one statement piece. You will be encouraged to interpret marks, shape and texture whilst sampling techniques and materials throughout the course. Through sampling and learning as you go, this is an opportunity to be experimental and gain confidence with materials whilst trying new methods and processes.

Instruction is given in stencil design, colour blending with fibres, subtle use of pre-felts, laminating and cutwork, collage, stitch work, colour blending, overlaying of materials and keen observation of form and design. Working with found objects and fascinating techniques such as eco-print using plants from the surrounding landscape to incorporate into your work, creating a link to the local environment and special memories of your week at Manoir de Kerledan.

SUITABLE FOR ALL:  A subject focused course that is delivered to suit any level of experience from beginner to advanced practitioner.  A structured start is followed by guided independent practice.


The Workshop Includes:

– 6 nights
– 5 days workshop with Liz
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments
– Guided trip to the ancient forests of Huelgoat

Not included: transport to and from Kerledan


Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival
Day 2– Introduction to Liz and her world of felt-making , start of individual projects
Day 3– In the studio with Liz
Day 4 –Morning in the studio followed by lunch and then a trip out to the ancient forests of Huelgoat and prehistoric Menhirs
Day 5 – In the studio with Liz
Day 6 – Finishing projects in the studio followed by a round up of the work achieved with a farewell dinner
Day 7 – Brunch with departure before midday

 

Pricing For This Workshop (per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with ensuite facilities (shared occupancy) – £1140

1 double bedroom with ensuite facilities (single occupancy) – £1290

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 7

 

Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of £400 will be requested 8 weeks in advance, to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT LIZ CLAY

Liz Clay

Textile artist Liz Clay lives in rural Somerset, England. From her studio near Wells, Liz makes hand felted textiles for haute couture and one off pieces to commission.

Liz studied textiles at Bath School of Art and Design in the late 90s. Since then her professional career has focused entirely on felt making process and research development of fine felt fabrics. Her PhD investigates the creative potential of British ‘waste’ wool for fine craft felt making.

Liz’s influences are as diverse as the work she produces; experimental in her approach and nudging the boundaries of an ancient craft towards new and unexpected directions in contemporary practice.

Experienced tutor and author of ‘Nuno Felt’, Liz teaches internationally and exhibits regularly in Britain, Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Work is held in the collections of Givenchy, Balenciaga, Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney

INDIGO DYEING WITH SHIBORI TECHNIQUES – with Jane Callender

2 – 8 Sept 2018  (5 days, 6 nights)

Summary

During the course the participants will be taught the basics of shibori before venturing on to more complex methods.

About The Workshop

This workshop will include a close look at stitching techniques, ideal for beginners and a chance for the more experienced to refine their skills. Stitching  opens up many opportunities for combination methods particularly with binding, as in ‘maki-age’ shibori and capping, ‘boshi’ methods.

Itajime, (fabric folded and placed between boards) will also be practiced affording us a wonderful introduction into the dynamics of repeat pattern making and careful instruction will be given on folding methods. In contrast, cylinder wrapping, both ‘bo maki’ and ‘arashi’ variants, give an altogether different kind of resisted mark.

Combination techniques will also be encouraged as will making full use of the different vats available such as synthetic, natural chemical and organic. Participants can fully experience the capabilities of indigo’s remarkable tonal range which expands the use of technique, process, pattern and design options. A wonderful collection of indigo dyed natural fabrics will be the result with the possibility of other complimentary dyes being introduced.

The course starts off with a structured approached but as participants begin to gain skills, confidence and develop ideas they are encouraged to explore pattern and design from a personal perspective.

 

The Workshop Includes:

 6 nights
– 5 days workshop with Jane
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments except for 1 lunch at a creperie
– Guided trip to a local brocante and a visit from a local artist who specializes in collecting French linens and textiles
– Evening walks along the Nantes Brest canal

Not included: transport to and from Kerledan, or lunch at a local creperie

 

Workshop Itinerary 

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival

Day 2 – Introduction to Jane and her world of shibori. Discussing fabrics to work with; getting organised, beginning to stitch; simple pattern making; building a vat together. The first dip in the indigo vat.

Day 3 – In the studio with Jane – continuing with stitching and dyeing, the introduction of binding and capping techniques, combining stitching with cylinder wrapping. The introduction of other dye baths, such as iron rust.

Day 4 –Morning in the studio followed by lunch at a creperie and a visit to a local brocante – Further work with cylinders. Continuing with stitched projects.

Day 5 – In the studio with Jane, Itajime is introduced. Continuing with other projects

Day 6 – Finishing projects in the studio followed by a round up of the work achieved with a farewell dinner

Day 7 – Brunch with departure before midday  

 

Pricing For This Workshop (per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with ensuite facilities (shared occupancy) – £1210

1 double bedroom with ensuite facilities (single occupancy) – £1360

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 7

 

Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of £400 will be requested 8 weeks in advance, to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT JANE CALLENDER

Jane Callender

Jane specializes in stitched shibori using indigo with iron rust and tannins to compliment the distinctive blues.

She takes great pleasure in pattern making especially intricate symmetrical designs and with thirty years of experience and expertise enjoys passing on her in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm to an eclectic mix of students.

Her latest book ‘Stitched Shibori’ (Technique, innovation, pattern, design) was published by Search Press in January 2017.

EMBROIDERY (STITCHED STORIES) – with Jessie Chorley

18 – 24 September 2018  (5 days 6 nights)

Summary

Join designer, maker and shop owner Jessie Chorley for a special 5 day embroidery workshop to create your own hand stitched illustrations, inspired by Jessie’s unique style.

About the Workshop

Join designer, maker and shop owner Jessie Chorley for a special 5 day embroidery workshop to create your own hand stitched illustrations, inspired by Jessie’s unique style. Jessie will show you how she uses her needle and threads as her drawing tools to both illustrate with and also to incorporate and secure found items of interest. As well as a “maker and stitcher” collecting items to incorporate in to her work, is a large part of Jessie’s practice.

You will be working on cotton and linen and using one of Jessie’s hand screen printed templates to create your own illustrated embroidery which can be framed or hung on the wall once complete

Requirements list for all participants:

You will be provided with a kit at the start of the workshop but please also bring theses items outlined by Jessie with you.

*A sharp pair of scissors

*your own sewing tools needs

*Favourite embroidery threads

*Your favourite fabric scraps

*Found memorabilia, ie old buttons, lace, paper scraps thing you may like to incorporate in to your illustrations during this workshop


The Workshop Includes:

– 6 nights
– 5 days workshop with Jessie
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments
– Guided trip

Not included: transport to and from Kerledan


Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival
Day 2 – Introduction to Jessie and her world of stitching , start of individual projects
Day 3 – In the studio with Jessie
Day 4 –Morning in the studio followed by lunch and then a trip to the ceramic museum in Quimper, famous Breton Quimper ware
Day 5 – In the studio with Jessie
Day 6 – Finishing projects in the studio followed by a round up of the work achieved with a farewell dinner
Day 7 – Brunch with departure before midday


Pricing For This Workshop
(per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with ensuite facilities (shared occupancy) – £1020

1 double bedroom with ensuite facilities (single occupancy) – £1140

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 7

 

Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of £400 will be requested 8 weeks in advance, to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 3 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT JESSIE CHORLEY

Jess Chorley

Jessie Chorley is an independent designer, maker, collector tutor, author and shop owner specializing in Embroidery Collage and Applique.

At the heart of her work she uses hand stitching, and traditional embroidery techniques, which she combines with her passion for collecting.

In her own words-

“I use my needle and thread to both secure items in place as well as for detailed illustration and text”

“My needle and thread act as my drawing tool, I use favouite and usually found threads to illustrate chosen imagery and words directly on to and in to my chosen fabrics, books, papers and found items”

Jessie mainly works with paper and fabric all of which are “found” this being her passion, her inspiration and always her starting point.

She lives and works in Hackney, East London where she runs Jessie Chorley ,The Shop & Workshop which is situated in the heart of East London at 158a Columbia Rd flower market, London E2 7RG

Jessie travels world wide to teach her skills, passions and techniques to like-minded others. These travels are a huge part of her inspiration, and part of her journey as an artist and maker. Jessie is widely know on her popular Instagram feed as “The Travelling stitcher” as she daily documents here life as a maker weaving words, phrases and snippets of conversations from her travels in to her work, while out and about or on a train, flight, walking, boat or car journey