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.


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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