Chateau Dumas: Textiles as Animals with Donya Coward, 5-12 August 2017


5-12 August 2017, Course and board from €1,935

With Donya Coward

Textile artist Donya Coward's work is as much about embroidery skills as animal imagery as her pieces are heavily adorned with beads, jewels and all kinds of decorative stitches including couching and appliqué. On this week with Donya students will choose to create either a pigeon or a crow (wings closed) and our first stop will be to a local fleamarket to find fabrics, lace and other bits and pieces to incorporate in your bird project. 

The first few days of the workshop will be about working quickly through mark-making and mixed media processes and techniques. Students will be collaging, drawing with sticks, rubbing away paint/paper, cutting into the paper, gluing cut threads, piercing. We will then work back into these with layering techniques and processes.

Working in the same way we will translate these ideas into fabric, developing A6 size responses. These few days will be the best as we will be experimenting, risk taking, playful and expressive. Mid week we edit our ideas and begin applying them to your bird mould.

Students will be provided with either a Pigeon or crow mould (feet and wing template applied, as we have only a week, the wings will be closed). As you begin to sculpt the bird you will find that your ideas will continue to develop during the making process.

We take a break from the course mid-week to enjoy a day of dyeing with woad, the original blue dye from the woad plant grown in the Toulouse area since medieval times. You can bring things to dye from home, pick items up at local markets or buy natural fabric from Chateau Dumas. 

During the week there is a visit to the nearby, atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed.

Chateau Dumas, Chateau d'Auty, Nr Toulouse, 82220 Auty

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