Treat yourself to a holiday in sunny Eastbourne and take one of our 3-5 day courses. Courses are organised on the page chronologically.
Scroll down to find courses with exceptional artists and teachers:
This year’s courses are full but 2020 sees the return of Debbie Lyddon in July, and 2004 V&A Artist in Residence Sue Lawty teaching tapestry in April. I am already planning more for 2021, including Sam Jones teaching Eco Printing a very popular option.
These courses will be fun but intense learning experiences and you will leave with plenty of practical knowledge to take into your own textile work. The classes are limited to 8 students, and you will work with a bench buddy on the 2m benches. There is a buffet style lunch – highly recommended by students from previous Re-Treats! And if you are still not sure – read some of the feedback in the comments section at the bottom of the Home page
To book a place on any Re-Treat please use the email form on the Contact Page
For recommendations for accommodation, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
TACTILE SENSIBILITY IN WOVEN TAPESTRY
responses to a richly nuanced coastal environment
11 – 15 JUNE 2021 £525 + materials
1 SPACE HAS BECOME AVAILABLE ON THIS RE-SCHEDULED COURSE
Sea, sand, geology, rock, light, movement, mark, shape, pattern, colour, rhythm, tone, texture, time…. this five day workshop allows space to respond to the stimulus of the richly nuanced coastal environment. During explorations along local beaches participants will collect ideas through visual and written notes and photographs to inform thinking and design.
Back in the studio a beautifully curated selection of materials including natural handspun hemps, raphia, papers, linens and luscious silks, will be available for the weaving of carefully considered samples and small pieces to push ideas forward. Quiet tuition and guidance will help students experiment and investigate structure, colour, materiality and composition, and thus develop a heightened sensitivity to subtle textural nuances and concepts. Participants will leave with purpose and motivation to pursue their own individual enquiry. Teaching is individual, personal and relaxed.
DECORATIVE SURFACES FOR 3D TEXTILES
1 – 4 JULY 2021 £425 + materials
1 SPACE HAS BECOME AVAILABLE FOR THIS RE-SCHEDULED COURSE
An experimental workshop that explores the construction and decoration of 3-dimensional forms.
Using your own source material, you will look at structure with drawing and model making, and experiment with materials such as paint, gesso and wax to stiffen and support cloth to make 3-D forms. Decoration techniques will explore non traditional ways of using these materials and will include: encaustic techniques, stitch and applique. The workshop will include time on the beach collecting and documenting objects for study.
To request a place on any of these courses, please e mail Christine using the e mail form on the contact page Your name will then be added to the list and you will be asked to confirm your place and pay a deposit 6 months in advance of the course starting.
A deposit of £100 is required to secure your place, which is only refundable up to 3 months before the start of the course. At this stage you will be asked to pay the full balance of the course. Any materials fee that is required for the course is based on tutor requirements and studio supplies, and is paid for on the first day of the course itself.
Once the full balance has been paid, your place can only be cancelled and refunded if I am able to fill the place from the waiting list.
There are a couple of small B&B’s about 10 minutes away from the studio along the seafront. Breakers and By The Sea are used by studio regulars and are reasonable and have great breakfasts! There is also a dog friendly B&B just a little further from the studio – Ebor Lodge
We now have a Premier Inn in the centre of Eastbourne about 5-10 minutes walk away .
Several students have stayed in Ravilious Hotel and thoroughly recommended it for its breakfasts, and its cleanliness. It is also only about 10-15 mins walk from the station but now it is about 25 mins from the studio. It does have quite a few stairs, so perhaps not suitable for anyone with knee problems. Another B&B close to the station but about 20-25 mins from studio venue, is The Manse, a stylish house with many arts & crafts original features and great breakfasts!
As this is a holiday town, there are also a wide range of hotels and B&B’s to suit every purse! Watch this space for more recommendations!