Textile Art Summer School 2018 : Abruzzo, Central Italy with Dionne Swift
Location: La Vecchia Scuola, Colle Case 15, Torrareccio, CH 66046
Sunday arrival – you’ll be collected from Pescara [the UK flight arrives at 5/6pm.] Its a 1 hour transfer to Atessa and your hotel, once you have freshened up everyone is invited to a welcome meal at the hotel.
Return back to the airport the following Saturday for the afternoon flight home.
This 5 day summer school provides you with the opportunity to explore drawing, design, textiles print and stitch in an inspiring atmosphere with a highly experienced tutor. You’ll leave with a bundle of experiments and ideas which will inspire and full further projects for many moons to come…not to mention great memories of a fantastic creative adventure in this wonderful region of Italy.
28th May – 1st June 2018: [Whit week] This workshop will be specifically directed towards sketchbook development and playful experimentation to explore design ideas on paper and on cloth. Plenty of drawing, collage, sketchbook making & mark making using the local area as our inspiration.
18th June – 22nd June 2018: This workshop will have a colouring of cloth bias – observing colours and marks, recording them and responding with dyes and print back in the studio. I’m interested in considering a broad range of experimental print techniques in combination with each other: there will be Devore, discharge, painting and printing with procion dyes…you’ll create a great collection of cloths with wonderful effects…each one perfect as a scarf!!
10th September – 14th September 2018: This week focussed on drawing and mark making: observing and responding, being bold and taking a risk. I couldn’t create any of my stitched pieces without drawing a composition first: this workshop is the backbone of all of the rest of the creative processes & should be your first port of call. I know drawing can be a dirty word to some, but I make accessible, understandable, enjoyable and totally achievable 🙂
24th September – 28th Septemeber 2018: [only 1 place left!] This workshop will have a strong stitch bias running alongside location based research and information gathering. You’ll discover experimental approaches to Free Machine Embroidery and discover tips and tricks to help your sewing always run smoothly!
Each day of the workshop I will pick you up at 9.30am at Hotel Al Duca and return you there for 5.30pm after a full day of creativity! Evenings are free time for you to enjoy…
Morning – Researching and collecting visual information. The Abrussese coast line is dotted with spectacular ‘Trabocchi’ [wooden fishing platforms] – they are a truly special feature of the Abruzzo region & perfect visual stimuli! We shall enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near the beach.
Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola I shall introduce a technique to help you develop the images collected that morning.
Morning – Researching and collecting visual information. We shall venture into the mountains and work ‘en plein air’ to capture the amazing vistas and landscapes of the Appeninnes: followed by a traditional mountain lunch at a local Agriturismo.
Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola, I’ll demonstrate another new technique useful for developing that mornings images and incorporate yesterdays ideas and techniques.
Evening- Enjoy an aperitif at La Vecchio Scuola whilst listening to an informative talk about my work and career.
Morning – Tornareccio, the nearest village, is known for its honey and its mosaics – we shall spend the morning investigating the latter through the small alleys, streets and piazzas of this pleasant hillside village: then its lunch at the local restaurant: Meditteraneo
Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola we shall look at incorporating further techniques into your new repertoire and discuss how you might move forward with your work.
Morning – Its market day in Atessa…. we shall make a late start so you can absorb the sights and sounds of the local town: There are numerous amazing Baroque churches, beautiful cobble streets and ancient arches & doorways to explore: you can enjoy lunch in one of the numerous restaurants and bars of Atessa
Afternoon – Time for some individual development and 1:1 discussion to help clarify your ideas
Morning – Developing and resolving images and ideas…
Afternoon – This is a great time to consider different methods of finishing/mounting/presentation pieces. You’ll have time to complete your work as well as review and evaluate [individually and with the group]…sadly its time to say goodbye….
Saturday departure. We can collect you from the hotel in the afternoon for a departure from Pescara airport returning to Stansted
What workshop supplies will you need to bring?
A hardback sketchbook – ideally ring bound A4 [or larger if you prefer]…something to draw in and collect information in when we are out and about.
Drawing/sketching media – pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal – whatever your prefer.
Something water-soluble would be most beneficial – coloured Caran D’ache type pastels are ideal.
Small water container &/or refillable brush
Some means to carry the above whilst we are out and about.
Bear in mind it may be very warm – you may like a hat & suncream…
What supplies/materials/equipment will be provided for you at La Vecchio Scuola?
Sewing machines [suitable for free machine embroidery]
Threads and embroidery hoops
Silk Screens, dyes and supplies
Basic range of fabrics for print and stitch
Basic auxiliary fabrics [ e.g. water soluble]
The nearest airport is Pescara https://www.ryanair.com there are regular flights from Stansted, UK. Arrive on the Sunday afternoon flight, depart on the Saturday evening flight [to coincide with transfers/pick ups] or extend you stay in this wonderful region.
Some students find it easier to fly to Rome – there is a bus that connects from right outside the terminal [of both the Roman airports] to Pescara [approx 2.5 hours €27 bookable online] Prontobus http://www.prontobusitalia.it If you aim to arrive to coincide with airport collections/drop offs, I can whizz by the bus station to collect you as well 🙂
Rooms 201, 202 & 203 have balconies and view across the town to the sea in the distance. 302/303/304/402 also have views but no balcony. 403 has mountain views.
Agriturismo Montagnola has a cottage to rent – it would be ideal for families or couples…you would definitely need a car!
Casa Pietra is delightful self catering Farmhouse in a beautiful spot: there are 4 double ensuite rooms in the main house and the Casetta sleeps 2 to 4 guests. Robert, the English speaking owner can help you get out an about and will even cook for you if you would like a night off!
La Fontana Tornareccio : A boutique B&B in the local village – you would need a car to get about.
Independent travellers may wish to hire a car – Abruzzo is a rural area, the roads aren’t as busy as in other Italian locations, but a Sat Nav or Google Maps is extremely useful.
Car hire is available form the Airport and the Railway station: we often use Firefly [car hire can be booked via Ryanair when purchasing flights]
We can collect students from Pescara Airport on Sunday afternoon and return the following weekend in time for the Saturday afternoon flight back to Stansted [please let me know if you would like to be collected/returned from/to the airport = 50 euros] – transfer of this nature is only feasible if your are staying at Al Duca in Atessa our suggested accommodation.
We will collect students daily from Al Duca for the workshop excursions: Al Duca is well placed in the centre of Atessa where there are a range of bars and restaurants all in strolling distance.
Non participating guests and partners are welcome to join in on meals and ‘extras’ yet would need to make their own transport arrangements. [Advance notice and payment would be appreciated]
We can suggest a range of activities and excursions to suit their interests: mountain walks and cycling are very popular…yet also a quick search in Trip Advisor for activities in the area will highlight many opportunities.
Please get in touch if you have any queries.