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Untamed Improvisation with Sheila Frampton-Cooper


Come, share your passion for quilting with like-minded enthusiasts against the backdrop of France’s serene landscapes, vivacious culture, and historical charm. This idyllic setting combined with heart-centered instruction is guaranteed to provide an unforgettable and rewarding experience you will cherish for a lifetime.


About this course:

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of mixed media fiber art in this enriching and inspiring workshop, where we journey through nature’s wonders and human-made marvels to create unique motifs, shapes, and designs. As we delve into the significance of motifs in art and design, you’ll develop a keen understanding of principles such as value, scale, and, most importantly, colour.

Throughout this engaging course, we will embark on several insightful excursions, allowing you to capture photographs and sketches of the striking beauty that surrounds us. Be prepared to bring your camera, smartphone, sketchbook, or tablet as we explore inspiring landscapes and captivating landmarks, gathering creative inspiration for your fiber art masterpieces.

Under my guidance, you will learn how to transform your observations into captivating art pieces; simultaneously enriching your painting skills and expanding your artistic horizons. (And yes, you will be painting the fabric you use in your project!) These instructive and invigorating journeys will enhance not only your understanding of motifs but also your ability to integrate and juxtapose the elements of nature and human-made creations within your fiber art compositions.

One of the course’s key aspects is the development of your personalized idea book─a valuable resource for organizing and archiving your artistic vision. We will discuss its creation and utility, ensuring that your book successfully captures your observations and serves as a vital tool for future artistic endeavors.

Over the course of this unique workshop, you will have the opportunity to choose an array of quilting techniques, such as:

1. Traditional Piecing: Uncover the nuanced art of assembling patchwork blocks, as you cut and sew fabric pieces you have painted to create dynamic and graphic designs.

2. Fusing: Experiment with an innovative, quick, and straightforward approach to quilt composition. With no sewing involved, you can focus on the artistic aspects of merging fabric pieces and unleashing your creative potential.

3. Appli-Piecing: Discover the beautiful amalgamation of piecing and appliqué, as you combine these two techniques to craft intricate and complex patterns.

4. Hand Quilting: Immerse yourself in the meditative experience of stitching by hand. This truly personalized approach lends a unique and irreplaceable touch to your creations, making each piece priceless in its own way. I am not a hand quilter, but if you are, I encourage you to consider this approach.

Sewing machines will be available for those who prefer the efficiency of machine stitching. However, I strongly encourage fusing, hand quilting and appliqué – this will give you more freedom in regards to the shapes you can use.

The workshop will also include demonstrations, guided exercises, and personal consultations to ensure your overall learning experience is enriching and enjoyable. And there will be ample time for sightseeing and indulging in the laid-back French lifestyle!

Programme Outline

Saturday
4.00 – Check-in time from 4pm onwards. Guests arrive, settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
6.30 – Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 1.00 Morning Lecture • External Inspiration • Exercise
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Afternoon Lecture • Colour, Value & Composition. Continue to work on exercise. Discussion about mountain visit the next day.
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Monday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 1.00 Day out working in the mountains to sketch and photograph for the main project. You will receive guidance on what to look for and several options regarding how to photograph the elements that inspire you.
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at local village
2.00 – 4.00 Continue drawing and sketching our ideas for the main project. Discussion about the “size & scale” of your shapes and necessary considerations.
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Tuesday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 1.00 Morning Demo • Painting Your Fabric. Demonstration of how to create texture using textile paint. One on one time spent with each student to develop a plan for your project.
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Afternoon – studio work – Students organize the fabrics for their project. Begin composing design. One on one time spent with each student to develop their personalized plan for the project.
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Wednesday – day off
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
We suggest wine tasting in local vineyard, explore Pau or beyond
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Thursday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 1.00 Studio time • Continuing to work on project
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Studio time • Continuing to work on project
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Friday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 1.00 Studio time • Continuing to work on project
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Opportunity to continue working on your design. Discussion about stitching/quilting.
6.30 – Evening exhibition in the double living room of Clos Mirabel followed by aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Saturday Buffet Breakfast and departure (Check-out 11am)

Non-participating guests: We are more than happy to welcome accompanying partners, family or friends. There are plenty of activities to experience around Clos Mirabel, that will make your holiday unforgettable Click here for more information.

The Art Studio, offers a spacious open plan layout of 75 m2. It is available at all times during your stay. Click here for more information.

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