Art & Textile Workshops

ART & TEXTILE WORKSHOPS

For 2021 we look forward to welcoming our 3rd year of Art and Textile Workshops here at Kerledan. We are delighted to welcome back the very talented Jessie Chorley and Caroline Nixon with whom we have had so much fun and creativity in 2019. Our new tutors for 2021 are Mirjam Gielen, taking us all on a journey exploring organic embroidery and Cas Holmes, painting on cloth.

Registration is now open. We very much look forward to hearing from you and welcoming back those of you who have attended previous courses!

Organic Embroidery

Organic Embroidery
with Mirjam Gielen
7-13 May 2021

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Painting With Cloth - Cas Holmes

A Sense of Place – Painting With Cloth
with Cas Holmes
26 June-3 July 2021

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Advanced Ecoprint

Eco-Print With Natural Dye
with Caroline Nixon
24-31 Aug 2021

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Eco-Print

Advanced Ecoprint Retreat
with Caroline Nixon
4-11 Sept 2021

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Embroidery - Jess Chorley

Stories in Stitch
with Jessie Chorley
16-22 Sept 2021

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ORGANIC EMBROIDERY – with Mirjam Gielen
Nature’s story in stitch

7 – 13 May 2021  (5 days, 6 nights)

Summary

Join Mirjam to discover how Organic Embroidery can tell the story of nature in stitch. It is a style of embroidery that is inspired by patterns, colours and textures found in nature. An eco printed background offers immediate inspiration and the possibility to interact with the colours and shapes of the fabric, giving a head start in this free and intuitive style.

About The Workshop

Participants will learn how to translate the inspiration they find in nature into an individual style of stitching. There will be room for experimenting in a relaxed atmosphere. We will look at several phenomena in nature and how they can be applied to textile art. These will be combined with basic stitches and techniques.
After exploring the possibilities through sample making, the participants will make a piece of their own design. Both beginners and more experienced stitchers, with a wish to develop a personal repertoire and style, will find this workshop inspiring.

We will go outside to look for inspiration in the colours, shapes and textures of leaves, mosses, lichens, branches, tree bark, stones etc. The participants can gather materials, take pictures and/or make sketches in the sketchbook that accompanies this workshop.

There will also be a textbook with explanations of the stitches and room for notes.

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 – Travel day with welcome supper on arrival.

Day 2

Morning:

  • Getting to know each other, short introduction to organic embroidery, handing out sketchbooks and fabrics.
  • Line patterns in nature
  • Inspiration time. Going outside and/or looking on the Internet. Photographing, sketching, gathering.
  • Running stitch and backstitch.
  • Studio time. Making samples with the running stitch and backstitch.

Afternoon:

  • Studio time.
  • Copying drawings onto fabric with baking paper and backstitch.


Day 3

Morning:

  • Group- and migration patterns.
  • Inspiration time
  • French knots and seed stitch
  • Studio time. Making samples.

Afternoon:

  • Seasons and colour theory.
  • Satin stitch.
  • Studio time. Making samples.


Day 4

Morning:

  • Fractals, roots, branches, golden ratio and growth patterns
  • Inspiration time
  • Blanket stitch
  • Studio time. Making samples.

Afternoon: excursion


Day 5

Morning:

  • Layers, background and foreground
  • Finishing samples and discussing them with each other. Explanation about appliqué optional.

Afternoon:

  • Choosing fabric and designing a (small) piece with combined techniques.
  • Studio time. Working on individual pieces.

 

Day 6

Morning:

  • Studio time. Working on individual pieces

Afternoon:

  • Finishing individual pieces and showing them to each other, together with samples and gathered materials.


Day 7

Departure after breakfast

 

The Workshop Includes:

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

Not included: Transport to and from Kerledan, lunch out on day of guided trip and materials at 50€

Materials provided for this workshop will include:
– Eco printed fabrics for sample making and for the final piece.
– Eco-dyed embroidery threads.
– An eco-printed sketchbook
– A textbook with stitch explanations with room for notes.

Please bring: Sewing needles, scissors and pins and if desired an embroidery hoop or canvas stretcher bars for finishing work.

 

Pricing For This Workshop (per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with en-suite facilities (shared occupancy) – €1290

Double bedroom with en-suite facilities (single occupancy) – €1620

Double bedroom with 1 participating and 1 non-participating member – €2160 per couple

Minimum number 5 with a maximum number of guests 8

 

Workshop Payment Conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of €250 will be requested on booking to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 6 weeks before the start of the course.

 

Requirements List For All Participants:

You will be provided with a kit at the start of the workshop but please also bring the following items advised by Mirjam with you:

– A sharp pair of scissors
– Sewing needles
– Scissors and pins
– (optional) Embroidery hoop or canvas stretcher bars for finishing work

ABOUT MIRJAM GIELEN

Mirjab Gielen

Mirjam is a textile artist creating organic embroidery. She is inspired by nature, especially by its patterns, colours and textures. She uses eco printed and eco dyed fabrics as a natural environment for her stitches to feel at home.

She started her career as a textile artist while writing books for children and young adults. Making ‘wordless’ art with threads and fabrics turned out to be the ideal way to refresh her brain in between chapters and double her creativity. Over the years this practice grew into something more serious.

Sharing her process, knowledge and experience with others, is what makes Mirjab happy. She has given several workshops at her home in the Netherlands and is also active as a creator on Patreon with an online course.

Visit Mirjam Online:

– instagram.com/mirjamtextiles
patreon.com/mirjamtextiles
– facebook.com/mirjamtextiles

A SENSE OF PLACE – with Cas Holmes

26 June – 3 July 2021 (6 days 7 nights)

Summary

Join Cas Holmes for a week experimenting with different media and techniques, including some simple mark-making and paint methods on fabric: The use of stitch as a ‘line’ or mark and texture, and different approaches to assembling textile collage.

About the Workshop

In this workshop you will experiment with different media and techniques, including some simple mark-making and paint methods on fabric: The use of stitch as a ‘line’ or mark and texture, and different approaches to assembling textile collage.

– Combining textiles with found materials, (lace, paper, string etc.)
– Mark making with drawing media
– Investigation of dye and painting techniques with cloth
– Developing design process and own creative approach
– Layering, bonding and piecing methods.
– Use of stitch in design, involving a series of exercises to help you to sketch and mark with stitch.
(A technician at West Dean college where she regularly teaches in England described her work as ‘Extreme Stitching’)

All of Cas’ courses encourage individual development as well as group teaching and exchange of ideas. Please feel free to work from personal images, ideas and other materials you have collected for inspiration. The remit is inventive use of materials. This is intended as a guide but feel free to bring any favoured media you like to work with and be prepared to swap and exchange some items.

The Workshop Includes:

 7 nights
– 6 days workshop with Cas
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments taken at Kerledan
– Guided trip

Not included: Transport to and from Kerledan, lunch out on day of guided trip and materials at 50€


Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival.
Days 2-6 – In the studio with Cas or out and about exploring the gardens and local area for inspiration
Day 7 – On the last day in the studio with Cas finishing  projects and preparing a small display of work achieved during the workshop.
Day 8 – Departure after breakfast.

 

Student Preparation for Course:

Please note, this list is a guide, feel free to bring any favoured materials or equipment from your stash, be imaginative.  (no more than a small cloth/carrier bag full!) We can share and swap.


Materials:

– Small pieces of old sheeting/cotton,  pre-stitched textiles, your own pieces or discards and/or found fabric with seams and edges such as shirt sleeve, an old cotton dress, a handkerchief, napkin a piece of embroidery.
– Old clothing patterns, interesting papers etc.
– Larger pieces of neutral colour  vintage line/cotton fabric as your base for your work and as to use as a ‘dropcloth’


Tools:

– Camera and sketchbook for recording progress
– 1 waterproof soft-tipped pen
– Scalpel/X-acto knife (optional)
– Scissors (please place any sharps in your hold luggage)

We will work with the colour found in your materials but you are welcome to bring a small palette of colour if you want to use it, (such as koh-i noor.watercolour, acrylic paints such as Golden Fluid or Rowney ) paints/crayons/pencils/pens/, inks, whatever you have plus appropriate brushes)

Basic Sewing Equipment:

– Half -1 inch brush suitable for paste
– Scissors* straight pins/needles
– Assorted threads of your choice for hand stitching


Pricing For This Workshop 
(per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with en-suite facilities (shared occupancy) – €1550

Double bedroom with en-suite facilities (single occupancy) – €1950

Double bedroom with 1 participating and 1 non-participating member – €2500 per couple

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 8

 

Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of €250 will be requested at the time of booking to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 6 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT CAS HOLMES

Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes is an author of several books and articles including the most recently published ‘Textile Landscape’ as well as the seminal Found Object in Textile Art.

Her approach is hands on, experimental with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes as part of the exploration of developing a ‘creative language’.


Visit Cas online:

Website: casholmes.co.uk

ECO-PRINT WITH NATURAL DYE – with Caroline Nixon

24 – 31 August 2021  (6 days, 7 nights)

Summary

Caroline Nixon is renowned for her clear vibrant prints and innovative techniques. Join her for an exploratory masterclass, combining  ecoprint and natural dyes ,using new techniques that really push the boundaries

About The Workshop

Caroline is renowned for her clear crisp vibrant eco-prints, made using just the pigments from the leaves themselves.

In this intimate small group retreat, she will share her eco-print secrets. You will learn how to prepare and mordant your cloth, how to bundle for clear prints every time, how to choose leaves that print well, and how to make natural dye baths to combine with ecoprint.

Progressing from samples to clothing or yardage, you will return home with lots of beautiful work, and the knowledge and skills to continue this fascinating art at home.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners, but if you are an experienced printer there will be plenty to challenge you and develop your skills

 

The Workshop Includes:

 7 nights
– 6 days workshop with Caroline
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments taken at Kerledan
– Guided trip

Not included: Transport to and from Kerledan, lunch out on day of guided trip and materials at 50€

 

Workshop Itinerary 

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival.

Day 2 – Our eco-print adventure begins. Beginners will learn how to achieve crisp colourful prints, making samples with a variety of leaves and techniques. More experienced printers will refine their foundation skills, for clearer more vibrant prints, and start to sample local vegetation and tannins, producing samples ready to overdye with  natural dyes. In the early afternoon we will mordant fabrics to use in the following days. In the late afternoon there will be a ‘pop up shop’ where you will have the chance to buy vintage textiles to work with during the week;

Day 3 – Our adventure with colour begins, you will start combining your ecoprint with dyes, using a variety of dyes, and a variety of  different techniques

Day 4  – Putting your newfound skills into practice, you will print scarves and yardage, and learn how to use the same techniques to print clothing

Day 5 – We will spend the day in the studio, and start to plan larger projects of your choice. Perhaps you would like to print yardage to make into garments, upcycle charity shop or vintage garments, or print a panel that could be  made into a wall hanging or cushions

Day 6 – Morning  in the  studio, then lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will have an outing to a local brocante to search for vintage  textile bargains and  follow this with a visit to a local place of interest: a garden, abbey or the valley of the Saints where huge images of the Breton saints are carved into the landscape

Day 7 – Our last day will be spent in the studio finishing our projects. In the mid afternoon we will  display our work, review what we have  learned,  and plan how you can continue to develop

Day 8 – Departure after breakfast.

 

Pricing For This Workshop (per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with en-suite facilities (shared occupancy) – €1550

Double bedroom with en-suite facilities (single occupancy) – €1950

Double bedroom with 1 participating and 1 non-participating member – €2500 per couple

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 8


Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of €250 will be requested at the time of booking to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 6 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT CAROLINE NIXON

Caroline Nixon

Having worked with textiles all her life, Caroline discovered natural dyes and ecoprint in 2013, and has never looked back.

Caroline is constantly experimenting to explore the possibilities and push the boundaries with this relatively new art form. She makes garments and wall art from ecoprinted cloth and also upcycles preloved garments, selling through galleries and on commission. Her most interesting commission to date has been a costume for ‘Miss Earth’ 2017!

Caroline teaches and exhibits widely in the UK and abroad. She is based in the Cotswolds, working from a log cabin studio in her garden, and growing many of her dyeplants herself.


Visit Caroline’s Website:
handmadetextilesbycaroline.co.uk

ADVANCED ECOPRINT RETREAT – Caroline Nixon

5 – 12 September 2021 (6 days, 7 nights)

Summary

Join Caroline Nixon for a magical week of botanical contact print and natural dyeing..Learn how to use leaves, flowers and natural dyes to pattern cloth.

About The Workshop

Crisp clear prints – nailed !

Challenging natural dyes – tamed !

Carrier cloths – but not as you know them

Layering multiple natural dyes to extend your colour palette

Detailed knowledge of how leaves and natural dyes actually work, and how they interact with each other

New mordants, new ways of applying them

Gain control of your results, without losing the magic and the mystery !

This class is for experienced ecoprinters. You will already be confident about producing clear prints, understand mordants, and already have experience of combining ecoprint with natural dye. The previous week’s course will hold plenty of challenge for intermediate printers. If in doubt, please contact Caroline to discuss which week will best meet your needs

 

The Workshop Includes:

 7 nights
– 6 days workshop with Caroline
– All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments taken at Kerledan
– Guided trip

Not included: Transport to and from Kerledan, lunch out on day of guided trip and materials at 50€ (dyes, mordants, studio consumables, and a pack of premordanted fabric for the first day)

 

Workshop Itinerary 

Day 1 – Travel day with a welcome supper on arrival.

Day 2 – Sample day. Taking a less commonly used dye as an example, we will sample the local leaves, using different techniques and mordant combinations.  We will talk about leaves and dyes – how do they work? How do they interact?

Day 3 – Building complexity. Layering ecoprint with natural dyes, tannins and mordants

Day 4 –  Indigo demystified. How to make a vat, how to rebalance it, how to combine ecoprint with indigo. How to combine indigo with natural dyes

Day 5 – We will spend the day in the studio, and start to plan larger projects of your choice. Complex garments? Large pieces? A wallhanging?

Day 6 – Morning  in the  studio, then lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will have an outing to a local brocante to search for vintage  textile bargains and  follow this with a visit to a local point of interest.

Day 7 – Our last day will be spent in the studio finishing our projects. In the mid afternoon we will display our work, review what we have  learned,  and plan how you can continue to develop your work

Day 8 – Departure after breakfast.

 

Pricing For This Workshop (per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with en-suite facilities (shared occupancy) – €1550

Double bedroom with en-suite facilities (single occupancy) – €1950

Double bedroom with 1 participating and 1 non-participating member – €2500 per couple

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 8

 

Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of €250 will be requested at the time of booking to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 6 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT CAROLINE NIXON

Caroline Nixon

Having worked with textiles all her life, Caroline discovered natural dyes and ecoprint in 2013, and has never looked back.

Caroline is constantly experimenting to explore the possibilities and push the boundaries with this relatively new art form. She makes garments and wall art from ecoprinted cloth and also upcycles preloved garments, selling through galleries and on commission. Her most interesting commission to date has been a costume for ‘Miss Earth’ 2017!

Caroline teaches and exhibits widely in the UK and abroad. She is based in the Cotswolds, working from a log cabin studio in her garden, and growing many of her dyeplants herself.


Visit Caroline’s Website:
handmadetextilesbycaroline.co.uk

STORIES IN STITCH – with Jessie Chorley

16-22 September 2020 (5 days 6 nights)

Summary

East London textile artist Jessie Chorley will be re-visiting  Manoir de Kerledan after the success of her embroidery workshop autumn 2018. This second workshop will focus on Jessie’s signature handmade altered journals and memory books:

“Made within the body of a vintage and found hardback book my Journals and Albums become beautiful objects within themselves, containing messages and reminders, envelopes and stitched pockets to keep safe important information and memories”

About the Workshop

This workshop will focus on Jessie’s signature hand embroidered illustrations incorporating embroidered lettering and appliqué techniques.

This workshop will start with a simple talk by Jessie showing you her original art works. She will then go on to direct you as a group and individually over the days ahead as she helps you to create your own story in her signature style of stitch and appliqué.

You will be working on white vintage linen fabric as your base, which will have been hand sourced for you in advance of this workshop by Jessie & Penny from a local Brittany Brocante. This beautiful soft and worn fabric will be your canvas for the duration of this workshop to let your personal story unfold on and into. You can work on one large embroidery panel or Jessie will also show you how to create a fabric book. You will be shown by Jessie various favourite stitch techniques including her signature style of couching, running, stem and back stitch plus simple needle turned appliqué to create your own stitched stories and imagines directly in and on to your base cloth.

As this is a residential workshop Jessie will also have several small side projects to share with you during your time in the studio, including simple lino cutting, creating one of her signature stitched fabric bows, creating covered buttons and making fabric
 envelopes.

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 and a guided visit in the afternoon
Day 4 – Studio with Jessie
Day 5 – Visit to local market and afternoon 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 – Breakfast with departure before midday

 

A note for all participants:

You will be given a kit created by Jessie at the start of this workshop.

Please bring with you:

  • your own sewing tools, embroidery threads and any favourite fabric scraps that you may like to incorporate, these can be small scraps in soft whites or various colours and patterns.
  • small paper scraps such as old postcards, letters, book pages.
  • odd charms, buttons and other personal ephemera are also good to bring as they may become stitched in to your story during this workshop.

You can think in advance of a story, scene or memory to work with, otherwise Jessie suggests bringing the materials above and enjoy being inspired by her original art work and the kit she will provide you with.


Pricing For This Workshop 
(per person):

Twin bedded bedroom with en-suite facilities (shared occupancy) – €1360

Double bedroom with en-suite facilities (single occupancy) – €1690

Double bedroom with 1 participating and 1 non-participating member – €2230 per couple

Minimum number 6 with a maximum number of guests 8

 

Workshop payment conditions:

A non-refundable deposit of €250 will be requested at the time of booking to confirm each course reservation.
The remainder will be due 6 weeks before the start of the course.

ABOUT JESSIE CHORLEY

Jessie Chorley

Jessie Chorley is an East London based designer, maker, tutor, author and shop owner specialising in hand Embroidery Collage and Applique. At the heart of her work is hand stitching, and traditional embroidery combined with needle turned appliqué techniques. She combines her passion for collecting ware possible in to her embroidered stories and small detailed patchworks.

 “I use my needle and thread to both secure items in place as well as for creating line and detail.
My needle and thread are mydrawing tools that allow me to create my scenes and stories directly in and on to my chosen fabrics and papers.
I use various embroidery flosses combined with favourite vintage threads to illustrate my chosen imagery and words directly on to and in to my selected and usually pre-used fabrics, papers and found objects”

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

“Clothing and fabric cut directly from pre-worn clothing is my most frequently used material “

 Jessie’s art work explores narrative and story telling through the use of simple and traditional textile techniques combined with the use of found and re-worked objects and items of interest. She creates her work from an assortment of different objects and items that she continues to collect. Jessie then re-works these items with the emphasis on them once again becoming usable and functional.

 “I find beauty and inspiration in things that have been discarded or put to one side”

 The most familiar objects that Jessie works with are book’s, items of pre-worn clothing and found paper sometimes combining all three to create a one of piece or small series of work

“I am passionate about giving life and a new beginning back to a forgotten object. To see someone using something that I have re-created is like a completion to the story. I use carefully chosen words familiar quotes and imagery, combined with hand embroidery and the placing of found fragments to create scenes and narrative experiences for an array of different works that can be for interior spaces as well as items to be worn and cherished”

Jessie lives and works in Hackney, East London where she runs:

Jessie Chorley
The Shop & Workshop
158a Columbia Rd
London E2 7RG


Visit Jessie online:

Website: jessiechorley.com
Instagram: @jessiechorley