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 a southern French village to take a workshop on batik under the tutelage of Mary Edna Fraser. All skill levels are welcome. Instruction over 4 hours for 5 days will take you from design to a finished batik artwork.
Learn the basics of batik on silk with techniques developed over four 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 in the village of Durfort on the River Sor, 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. 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
My recent class “Mapping Your Personal Landscape Two-Day Batik Workshop” at the Textile Museum in Washington DC was a success. There are still openings for the SPIN workshop in Florida this weekend.
SPIN (SILK PAINTERS INTERNATIONAL), TALLAHASSEE, FL—August 9-11, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts. Instructors include Mary Edna Fraser, Jan Janas, Diane Tuckman, Diane Lawrence, Deborah Younglao, Suzanne Punch and Marcia Ferris. See festival website to register for the master classes.
On view until March 25, 2012 is Thread of Life at the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee. Featuring the pioneers of textile art who reclaimed craft media as fine art beginning during second-wave feminism, as well as younger conceptual artists, the exhibition presents “works that address civil rights and imprisonment, the sweat shops, natural disasters and man-made ones, and the human narrative from birth to poetic elegy,” according to the exhibition catalog.
Mary Edna found her niche outside of the fine arts world early on. Although painterly with an abstraction of landscape that embodies a sense of place, her greatest accolades have come from her collaboration with scientists and large-scale installations at academic institutions. Seen below, her batik on silk Yukon Delta, Alaska is exhibited alongside Judith Poxson Fawkes’ Neighborhood Afloat, showing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The pieces together depict the fragile and powerful waterways that lives are built upon, fabric itself embodying this dichotomy.
(Mary Edna Fraser, Yukon Delta, Alaska, 2006, batik on silk, 44″ x 44″; Judith Poxson Fawkes, Neighborhood Afloat, 2007, linen, inlay tapestry, 53″ x 53″)
The historical context of textile art shows the path that Mary Edna has followed alongside her contemporaries: “Textile art, prior to the 1960s, was barely thinkable as a concept in the United States. Art critics and historians categorized textiles as craft. In the 1960s the concept of textiles as art received impetus from a few artists and curators. During the past fifty years the boundaries continued shifting and the category acquired every more practicing adherents, often women. In the 1970s, three feminists women whose work appears in Thread of Life, intensified and effected change in the art world attitude toward textiles. The work of Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, and Judy Chicago, as well as the textile work of many who followed, are now unambiguously recognized as art.”
(From left to right: Tim Harding, Autumn Orange Canopy, 2011, reverse applique, silk, 35″ x 42″ & Koi # 18, 2010, reverse applique, silk, 45.5″ x 38″; Judith Content, arashi-shibori dyed, discharged, pieced, quilted, and appliqued; Stephanie Liner, Detail of Her Orb, mixed media, 20″ diameter; Miriam Schapiro, Miriam’s Life with Dolls, 2006, acrylic, fabric, and collage on paper, 30.25″ x 60″; Mary Edna Fraser, Charleston Airborne Flooded, SC, 2010, batik on silk, 97″ x 35″ & Sinking Colombian Shores, South America, 1998, batik on silk, 34″ x 63″)
The exhibition includes: Harriet Bell, Lanny Bergner, Laura Breitman, Jenny Campbell, Judy Chicago, Judith Content, Hagar Cygler, Judith Poxson Fawkes, Linda Pigman Fifield, Susan Etcoff Fraerman, Mary Edna Fraser, Gee’s Bend/Mary Ann Pettway, Valerie S. Goodwin, Tim Harding, Cindy Hickok, Samara Kaufman, Stephanie Liner, Christine LoFaso, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Nancy Scheinman, Laura Splan, Laura Strand, and Karen Reese Tunnell.
Thread of Life is located in the Upper Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Spring Semester Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Sat. & Sun 1 – 4pm
Closed March 3 – 11 except by arrangement.
Florida State University
530 W Call Street
250 Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, Fl 32306-1140