8-15 August 2020, Julia Griffiths Jones, From Textile To Metal: A closer look at Folk Art

Chateau Dumas, week-long workshop, prices from €1975 

Hosted by Julia Griffiths Jones

Brought up in Aberaeron, Cardiganshire, Julia was educated at Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she won a travel bursary which took her to Slovakia to study folk art and culture. Julia’s work is inspired and influenced by the textiles created by women alongside their domestic duties. Her work translates textile techniques such as embroidery, stitching, weaving into a wire and metal form, thus changing its original nature and function, but retaining its meaning. In 2017 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Craft and Design at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. Her work has recently been purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Museum of Wales.

Course outline: 

Day 1

Julia will begin the afternoon by introducing you to her work. Later you will be learning decorative wire techniques and will be given a welded steel motif to attach your wire patterns onto.

Day 2

During the morning you will be learning how to use a spot welder and hand tools for shaping wire.Spot welding facilitates the forming of shapes fairly rapidly and is an easy and safe method to form wire into stable structures. In the afternoon you will be encouraged to experiment with ways of combining decorative techniques and spot welding.

Day 3

Today will be spent drawing and researching into Folk Art, so that you can build up ideas for your final wire pieces. Plenty of Folk Art reference will be on hand for you to look at as well as Julia’s personal collection of textiles from Eastern Europe.You will be shown different methods of drawing and how to use appropriate mediums to achieve good qualities of line, texture and surface.

Day 4 and 5

The next two days will be spent designing and making your final piece. A variety of garment shapes will be available to you to select from and then the morning will be spent infilling those  shapes with all your favourite ideas from earlier research.You will be shown how to expand your drawings by tesselating and repeating imagery, giving you added potential to create a unique piece of work. As soon as you are happy with your design you will use the drawn lines as guidance to begin forming the wire design and welding it together.

Day 6

We will spend the last day making an accordion folded book containing all the drawings and designs from the workshop which will be a lovely document of your progress through the week. There will also be time to finish any earlier samples you made and your final piece.

Students should bring the following: A scalpel, a 30cm ruler, pencils and coloured pencils, fine liner pens, a pair of short nosed pliers and a pair of wire cutters. 

Chateau DumasLieu dit Dumas,  82220 Auty,  France

Before you pay your deposit you must have confirmation that there is a place available for you on this workshop. Please email to check there is availability.  Once your place is confirmed the team at Chateau Dumas will instruct you how to pay your non-refundable £300 deposit. You will be able to purchase multiple deposits if you are booking for more than 1 person. The balance is payable in Euros 12 weeks before the start of the workshop. Chateau Dumas will be in touch to remind you when the balance is due.

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