Tours and Workshops

Travel with us in 2017 !  Ireland's Western Seaboard

We are very excited to announce several upcoming tours and workshops.  What makes our tours unique is the emphasis on authenticity, looking deeper and making connections, and attention to detail that creates a tapestry of meaningful, life-enhancing interactions.   We guarantee a truly memorable, life-changing experience!

Upcoming tours and workshops in 2017:

Fiber Art in Ireland with Nicola Brown :The Art of Eco Printing                                                September 10-16, 2017

Join us for an Irish experience and art retreat with textile artist Nicola Brown in County Carlow, Ireland! An accomplished felt maker, Nicola has also researched and developed a beautiful line of “eco printed” textiles and clothing, using natural materials from the hedgerow, kitchen, gardens and woods surrounding her home. Once gathered, this vegetation is bundled in silk, wool or handmade felt and processed in well water to extract beautiful colour and prints.  Participants will discover techniques, tips and processing methods, and can expect to create a variety of pieces during the week. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning the methods Nicola uses to achieve consistent and substantive prints on protein based fabric using a selection of local or easy to find natural vegetation (while enjoying the Irish countryside, food and culture!). These prints will be achieved in a simple and environmentally friendly way. Nicola is a renowned teacher, and has taught extensively on several continents. To learn more about her, and to see her at work, click on this video link: http://www.nicolabrown.ie/the-studio  Learn more about Nicola, read her blog, and view her artwork at http://www.nicolabrown.ie  Expect an amazing workshop!

  Download the brochure here  fiber-art-and-ecoprinting-tour-2017

Watch and follow the website and/or our Facebook page for our summer workshops on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior! they will be posted soon…

Check out Joan’s “Felting the Landscape” workshop at John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina in October, 2017

To get a taste of what we offer see the following information from past tours!

“Cave Art, Castles and Cuisine” Exploring the Ancient Past and Lively Present in Southwestern France”  September 18-26, 2016

We will also be offering this tour in 2018…let us know if you are interested!
Spectacular prehistoric art, fascinating history, and great food and wine form the perfect combination for a memorable trip! Join us on a tour of the Dordogne and the Lot regions, where we will explore the cave paintings of people living 40,000 years ago, and see their art in its original setting. We will probe deeply into the meaning of the images, and learn about the geology and archaeology of the caves. Our days will be filled with visits to these stunning prehistoric sites, along with tours of picturesque castles that will bring medieval history alive. Every day we will enjoy culinary delights as we sample the unique and delicious foods and wines of the Perigord region. The prehistoric art is stunning, and you can also expect unique activities such as a river trip in a traditional gabarre boat as you gaze up at fortified castles, wandering markets meeting local people, watching a farmer and his dog find truffles, and experiencing the workings of a family run vineyard.
See the full brochure here cave-art-castles-and-cuisine-may-2017

“Fiber Arts in Ireland: A Wooly Trail Along the Wild Atlantic Coast

DSC_0860The Irish landscape beckons to be interpreted in art: from the lush green fields to the rugged coastlines, the inspiration is endless. Join us for this fiber art tour along the western coast known as the Wild Atlantic Way, as we explore the landscape, craft traditions in wool, and our creativity. We will be creating tapestry weavings and learning to make “pictorial” felt landscapes, and will learn about sheep and wool processes, and watch demonstrations of spinning, sheepherding, dyeing and knitting. We will watch tweed
weavers work magic at their looms, and Irish artists create with hand-dyed fleece. Interspersed will be visits to craft villages, galleries and ancient prehistoric and Celtic sites, and days of immersion creat
ing our own art with the luscious Irish yarns and fleeces.

The tour and workshop will include the exploration of out-of-the-way glens and coves, walks along stunning
seascapes, and majestic mountain vistas, where we’ll gather photographs and sketches which will inspire our hands-on workshop days in felt-making and tapestry weaving.  Fiber art tour to Ireland 2016

 For the Fiber Art Tours, we offer a spouse or companion rate for those wishing to join the tour but not the art workshops. Please see the brochure for rates.

 Felting the Southwestern Landscape, Santa Fe, NM   April 17-26,2016  

A  workIMG_0212-001shop and tour in Santa Fe, New Mexico! The landscape of southwestern New Mexico is rich in color, form and ever changing light, and beautifully lends itself to interpretation is art. In this workshop we will explore ancient petroglyphs and pueblos where the past and present merge, learn about the history and culture of Santa Fe and surrounding areas, and experience the rich and vibrant art scene with visits to artists and museums. All of this experience will be brought back to our hands-on felt-making workshop focused on “Felting the Southwestern Landscape”.

 

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