Moroccan Textiles Retreat - October 2019

Having just returned from my first Slow Textiles Retreat in Morocco for 2019, I am delighted to share the details of the next one, which will be held 12-22 October. Once again the retreat is based in three locations, offering time in the city, coast and countryside of this wonderful country. Book online

Saturday 12 October
fly to Marrakech (Ryanair from Stansted or via Amsterdam from Norwich)
You will be met at the airport and driven by private taxi to your home in the heart of Essaouira (3 hr transfer)
Welcome drinks and traditional Moroccan dinner in the house.
Sunday 13 October
We start the day with an early morning visit to the local Sunday flea market ‘Joutiya’ and visit Naif artists’ studios, then return to the Medina for an orientation walk while we shop for dyes and locally spun wool. Enjoy a lazy afternoon exploring the winding streets, meeting artisans and being inspired by the colour and energy of the old town
Evening beach walk and sunset dinner at beach cafe
Monday 14 October
Morning - drawing and photography - inspiration in the medina.
Afternoon - fabric block print workshop at a rooftop studio
Dinner at a local restaurant
Tuesday 15 October
Transfer to Lalla Abouch, an organic Argan farm 20km south of Essaouira
Natural Dye Workshop 1 - dyeing hand spun wool with local plant dyes to create a palette of ‘colours of the sun’ for your weave workshop on Friday.
Wednesday 16 October
Natural Dye Workshop 2 - dyeing with indigo - learn how to create pattern in cloth with resist techniques and over dye the colours from yesterday to make secondary shades
Thursday 17 October
Visit the local village to buy produce at the weekly souk, then return to the farm for your Berber cookery class where you will learn how to grind barley from the farm to bake bread and make couscous to accompany the delicious Tajine you will enjoy for lunch.
Friday 18 October
After an introduction to using a simple loom, spend a leisurely day weaving a unique textile using the wool you have dyed.
Saturday 19 October
A day to relax, swim, explore the local countryside or book a trip to the nearby coast with a hike to a waterfall
Sunday 20 October
Transfer to Marrakech by private taxi, check into your beautiful riad Dar Attajmil , and enjoy a delicious sunset dinner on the roof terrace
Monday 21 October
In the morning your local guide will show you round the vibrant medina of Marrakech, visiting the souks, Secret Garden and a private collection of stunning textiles and objet d’art from North Africa. Afternoon is yours to explore further or enjoy a pampering session with hamman and massage back at the riad. Optional evening local music concert followed by dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Tuesday 22 October
transfer by private taxi to Marrakech Airport to fly back to the UK

Strips, Stripes & Satins - exploring 18th Century Norwich Textiles

I spent most of 2018 working on my research project for the Geoffrey Squire Bursary from the Costume & Textile Association, recreating some of the amazing colours and weaves from the 18th century Norwich Pattern books. I presented the work at a talk held at the Castle museum on Saturday 13 October. The accompanying booklet can be purchased here.

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thank you to all of you who have supported me through a challenging year… 2019 promises to be a year of exciting new projects, renewed creative energy and a chance to share stories and skills.

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