Sandra Brownlee : Tactile Notebooks in ITALY 2019

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Sandra Brownlee : Tactile Notebooks in ITALY 2019


Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word

This workshop will help you to find your own living language through the creation of a vibrant notebook practice. Motivated by ‘haptic’ considerations we will use the sense of touch to stimulate and awaken perception to guide the making process, and to revive sensitivity to the way we communicate both visually and verbally.

Dates: 19 - 25 May 2019

Booking Fee: £50

Venue: Puglia, Southern Italy at the Masseria della Zingara

The course is a 5 day course and the fee varies, based on your accommodation, arrival date and departure date. More pricing information below. This can be arranged and the deposit paid by contacting Jan at 

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Sandra Brownlee is an artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she pursues her ongoing interests in weaving, tactile notebook keeping, and teaching.


She has exhibited her work extensively throughout North America in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1970’s. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto, GGVMA Award exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, and Innovators and Legends, Generations in Textiles and Fibers, organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art.


Sandra Brownlee has earned her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Governor General Visual and Media Arts Saidye Bronfman Award, a Canada Council B Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.


Throughout her career, Sandra has taught textile and interdisciplinary arts at numerous universities and art schools in Canada, the United States, and India. She has taught her Tactile Notebook & the Written Word workshop at many venues including Committed to Cloth and Bigcat Textiles (UK), Fibres West, Geelong Forum Textile Retreat, and Big Pond Studio (Australia), Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Contemporary Textiles Studio, and MAIWA Textile Symposium (Canada), and Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Shakerag Workshop, and Long Ridge Farm (USA).  

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Artist Statement

Since 1971, I have been active as a weaver and have felt comfortable with the limitations and possibilities of the medium, embracing the intimate and intuitive experience of improvising at the loom, building up marks, lines, and figures slowly and cumulatively.

In the mid-1990’s, I began keeping tactile notebooks, inspired by my work as an art teacher of young children. A place to play, invent, reflect, and respond, my notebooks are treasured objects that feel good to hold and provide a multi-sensory outlet for my imagination.

Parallel to my notebook practice, I started stitching my thoughts onto cloth as a way of overcoming the writing block I have had all my life- love letters, grant reports, and personal manifestos have all emerged from my needle and thread as a result.

Another important component of my studio practice is to start the day with a meditative drawing or mark-making exercise. Gertrude Stein said “repeating is the whole of living and by repeating comes understanding, and understanding is to some the most important part of living.” I couldn’t agree more.

Whether weaving, working in my notebook, stitching words onto cloth or creating a meditative drawing, the slow, tactile component of making is very grounding and enables me to trust in my capacity to imagine, relate, transform and know.

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Collection from airport Bari or Brindisi and return to airport.
(free of charge from designated flight. If we collect you from a different flight or from the train station there will be a charge.)

Breakfast, a light lunch, and dinner including wine, at the Masseria. We all treat the Masseria as our home for the week so there is a clearing up rota after each meal in.

Transport to and from two local visits, leaving you free time to explore!  Dinner is not provided on these two evenings out.
Use of all our facilities, swimming pool, bicycles etc

Room fees are as follows:

£725 twin not ensuite

£775 twin ensuite

£875 single


Meals when not at the Masseria (two)
Entry fees to monuments (if any)
Drinks whilst out of the Masseria

Supplies provided for use in the Studio. There will be a fee for materials provided