tamar mogendorff’s
contemporary soft sculpture
chateau dumas : workshop details

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, but hand sewing experience suggested
 

 

DAY 1 : AUGUST 31

Arrival Day:
Students are welcomed to the Chateau with aperitifs, a general introduction and an orientation for the week. This day will be spent settling in, meeting the group, acquainting themselves with the beautiful Chateau and enjoying a two-course dinner.


DAY 2 : SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Morning:
A delicious breakfast will be served before a visit to the craft and farmer’s market in medieval St. Antonin-Noble-Val, plus any local pop-up flea market that may be happening that day. Students are invited to search for any treasures, linens and accessories to use in their soft sculpture projects.

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, followed by the afternoon workshop session. Tamar will give a detailed workshop overview, sharing her story and unique approach to her creations. As a warm up exercise, students will make a project of Tamar’s choice, choosing their own materials and slight variation. The meaning behind this exercise is for student’s to walk through the process and each of the steps of turning an idea into a three-dimensional object.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 3 : MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Morning:
Before breakfast, we will begin the day by moving our bodies with a beautiful walk around the rolling hills in the Chateau neighborhood. Following breakfast, the morning workshop session will begin. We will spend the morning finishing up the starter projects and moving into the next phase where you will choose two different paths. One will be using an existing template of Tamar’s, where you will create your own interpretation of a project she has created a template for. The other being an original element you’d like to turn into a soft sculpture. Regardless of the path, students will spend time researching their object, as to learn about some of the wonderful intricacies that will add a special touch to what you’ll make. Time will be spent creating two and three dimensional designs, as well as choosing materials,

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, followed by an afternoon session where we will continue on our chosen paths.

In the late afternoon, Fabienne will pay a visit with a trunk full of fabulous vintage linens to procure for woad dyeing or any other projects you can dream of.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 4 : TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Morning:

Breakfast at the Chateau will be followed by our morning workshop session. We will have a nice start on our projects, as we continue to create our three dimensional sculptures through slow, mindful stitching and by adding delightful details along the way.

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, after which we will continue with the meditative practice of hand stitching and embellishing.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 5 : WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4


Morning:

Following breakfast, the group will take a beautiful (optional) walk to Montpezat. The one-way 6kms/4 mile walk takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Starting from the Chateau, we walk along quiet country roads with beautiful views over the countryside to the “bastide”, a (fortified) hilltop town of Montpezat-de-Quercy.  Montpezat is a pretty town with a 14th century square surrounded by timber houses.  It has a spectacular 12th century church with a rare, recently restored, 16th century tapestry depicting the life of St Martin. We will visit the church and pop into a local bar for refreshments if desired. (guests’ own cost) We will be transported back to the Chateau for a traditional French picnic-style lunch.

Afternoon:
We will spend the afternoon session working on our projects. If students finish their first project, they are welcome to being another.

Evening:
This evening’s dinner will be an outing to the loveliest local restaurant, Les Sens, Puylaroque. (at guest’s cost)


DAY 6 : THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Morning:

Enjoy another Chateau-style breakfast, followed by a workshop session. Students will be deep into their projects, adding special touches details and to bring their projects to life.

Afternoon:
After another delicious lunch, you will head back into the studio for the last official workshop session. Final touches will continue to be added, followed by a photo shoot of all that has been made during this experience.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 7 : FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Morning:

After breakfast at the Chateau, the group will pay a visit to the monthly flea market in Toulouse.

Afternoon:
Enjoy a local lunch in Toulouse and explore the local boutiques. Students will have late afternoon to pack.

Evening:
Celebrate a wonderful week with champagne and show and tell, followed by a fabulous, farewell three-course dinner at the Chateau,


DAY 8 : SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Morning:

After our last breakfast together, we will say our farewells and guests will depart as per their travel schedule.

 
 
 
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TAMAR MOGENDORFF

tamarmogendorff.com

Recognized for her original stitch creations, Tamar Mogendorff is an artist and designer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Tamar’s one-of-a-kind "soft sculptures" have inspired both children and adults for over thirteen years. Tamar’s unique style of reinterpreting natural subjects with an artistic hand gained the attention of collectors, interior designers and boutiques worldwide.

Using thousands and thousands of fabrics and threads to create her ideas in her Brooklyn workshop, Tamar Mogendorff's world is populated with swans, bears and mushrooms carefully made by her fairy fingers. The originality of her creations is in the choice and assembly of the fabrics from gaudy to the precious, the subtle or solid.