2017 - Retreats in Italy

More Information about these 6 exciting textile courses arranged for 2017 at the Masseria della Zingara will be coming soon. Please signup to the mailing list and we will keep you posted.


16-20 April 2017



The detail that surrounds us can be fascinating, if we just allow ourselves to take it in. This course aims to open our eyes to what is around us, in this special place finding the potential in the ordinary. 

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3-7 July 2017

Claire Benn 

breakdown and Beyond

This period at the Masseria will provide you with time out in the sunshine to really get to grips with Breakdown Printing, a technique that can produce cloth with a wide variety of ‘styles’, including:

  • Organic, distressed ‘disintegrating’ marks/texture
  • Graphic, bold imagery/marks
  • Letterforms and writing
  • Doodling and sketching

We’ll also be taking a look at how the resulting cloth can be further developed through the use of other surface design techniques, including:

  • Scraping for over-dyeing (the whole cloth, or sections)
  • Line work, sketching or writing with needle nose bottles
  • Mono printing (large and small plates)
  • Screen printing using temporary stencils
  • Resists (masking tape, freezer paper and soya wax)

Claire also offers mentored surface design and or independent study

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25-29 September 2017

Dorothy Caldwell

IN Place

A “Place” can be anywhere from your home to a cherished destination to one square foot of the earth.  In this workshop we will explore, collect, document and express our interpretations of the  ‘Place’ where we find ourselves working together.  Cloth and paper are the documentary tools. Stitching, dyeing, rubbing, photographing and organising collections are the techniques used as ways of knowing “Where is Here?”

We will spend time outdoors through guided projects that include collecting, making photographs and dyeing with local found materials.  Another aspect of the journey is to develop daily rituals for creating work and marking the ideas down. Each participant will develop their own favourite ways of making a map of their experience.

 The diverse ‘fragments’ of ‘Place’ will be brought together in a book or books constructed using simple bookmaking techniques demonstrated in class.

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16-20 October 2017

Christine Chester  


How often do you take photographs of peeling paint, lichen, rusting metal, weathered rock surfaces and neglected buildings? But then what? How do you interpret those beautiful marks on paper and in textiles.

This mixed media course will introduce you to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces based on the inspiration found in your own photographs.

Working first on paper and then on fabric you will experiment with a variety of media including paints, inks, dyes, wax, oil pastel, puff binder, and rusting powder, combined with machine and hand stitch. You will be shown how to create your own mark making tools from found and discarded objects in the landscape whilst producing a series of small paper based studies enabling you to layer experiments quickly, creating an understanding of your materials that you can then take on to work on more considered pieces on fabric.

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