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8-15 August 2020, Mandy Pattullo, Recycle, Repair and Reconsider

Chateau Dumas, week-long workshop, prices from €1,975 

Selvedge is delighted to host all-inclusive residential craft workshops at Chateau Dumas, a private estate with 18th century interiors, a pool and glorious panoramic views - set amongst rolling hills in the peaceful, scenic countryside just north of Toulouse international airport. The Chateau is a place where you can relax, unwind and be creative.  

The price shown includes your catered accommodation  for the duration of your stay as well as the workshop itself.

Hosted by Mandy Pattullo

Mandy Pattullo trained as a surface designer and teacher and now works from a studio based at The Hearth Arts Centre, a converted manse in the Northumberland countryside. Mandy makes textile collages which bring together old and often disintegrating fabrics, which she patches together and embellishes with hand stitching. These collages can be stand alone pieces, applied to garments, or collected within the pages of an artist’s book.

For the last ten years Mandy has developed a practice referencing historical textiles and traditional techniques. Through preserving discarded and overlooked textiles and refashioning these in to new patchworks, she asks the viewer to re-examine fabrics that have become flawed through wear and tear, and to find in them a new beauty.

Course outline: 
Mandy Pattullo returns to Chateau Dumas this summer to share her new approaches to textile collaging with historical textiles and techniques. Join Mandy for a week of relaxed hand stitching where you will build beautiful art works using locally sourced finds. She will share her latest passion for combining cross stitch patterns taken from old samplers with the unpickings of old quilts. Her technique of making drawings from early American needlework patterns will help you to develop your expertise in using embroidery imaginatively, and sometimes combining it with appliqué.

During the week Mandy will show you how to display and use fragments of antique lace within the format of an artist’s book. There will also be a woad dyeing day and you are encouraged to bring a garment, or purchase one from a local market, that you can dye and use as a surface for experimentation. Mandy will demonstrate how to work the garment using less structured stitching, as well as patching and darning techniques inspired by Boro textiles to develop a unique visual language using time-worn textiles.

Students should bring: a garment that can be embellished and customised. This should be pure cotton or linen so that it can be woad dyed on the Wednesday. Some garments should be available to purchase from Lizzie or Fabienne. The garment could be for a child.

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 bookings@chateaudumas.net to check there is availability. Once your place is confirmed the team at Chateau Dumas will instruct you how to pay your non-refundable £350 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.

For more information please contact Catherine Harris, foundation@selvedge.org. 


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