Batik Retreat at La Cascade in Durfort, France

July 21st, 2014

Instructor: Mary Edna Fraser, Master Dyer, Fine Artist
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Batik Retreat at La Cascade in Durfort, France
La Cascade, 27 Rue des Martineurs, Dufort, France 81540/Tarn
September 1st-8th, 2014
Open for 8 participants

Stay in a 17th century house in the southern French village of Durfort to take a workshop on batik under the tutelage of Mary Edna Fraser. All skill levels are welcome. 20 hours instructions over 5 days will take you from design to a finished batik artwork.

Learn the basics of batik on silk with techniques developed over 4 decades by a master dyer. Mary Edna teaches the ancient art form using vibrant Procion MX dyes and heated wax applied in layers to silk stretched on a frame. We will work on 22” x 22” squares of silk charmeuse to begin, then move to larger rectangles or squares. The dye-resist process uses Tjanting tools, brushwork, fabuki, and other methods. Batik is just plain fun and Fraser’s adventurous spirit will energize her students and inspire individual experimentation. Mornings will be spent in the well-equipped studio. We will take excursions to the surrounding countryside in the afternoon.

You will reside at a beautifully restored house on the River Sor in Durfort, one hour east of Toulouse. The rooms are tasteful and comfortable. Meals are cooked fresh each day by chef Nese Pelt with local ingredients, paired with wine in the evening.

Field trips may include the Saturday market in Revel, the nearby monastery En Calcat with its outstanding art bookstore, and Toulouse-Lautrec Musee. From the medieval village you can walk into the mountains or drive up to St Ferreol, a world heritage site, for swimming and quiet time. All activities are optional and the group will decide their itinerary.

Our hosts speak fluent English and make the entire visit delightful. Mary Edna is a world traveler from Charleston, South Carolina with international recognition as an artist.

$2,500 includes all equipment, supplies, meals, and lodging. Cost for anyone wanting to attend and not take the workshop is $1,000 for board and shared room. Travel to Toulouse airport, trip insurance, and shuttle or rental car to the location are not included. Travel insurance is required. For Mary Edna, this is about $30. For everything else you want to know about workshops at La Cascade, click here.

Cost: $2,500 price includes
*Charming and comfortable double occupancy room (7 nights)
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners
*Four hours daily workshop instruction & 24-hour open studio access
*All materials
*Local excursions




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