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Art For Textiles

NEW FOR 2021! An essential new course that will appeal to anyone who enjoys working with textiles. If you are looking for fresh artistic inspiration that you can apply to textiles, then this course is for you. Join our talented and ever popular tutor Ewa Kuniczak to explore and discover an exciting range of artistic ideas that you can translate and adapt into a wide range of original textile techniques. Ewa has extensive experience of teaching art, design and creative textiles. She will guide you as you investigate art materials and design concepts. No previous experience is required; you will be amazed at what you can create.

This 5-night course takes place at historic Gartmore House, located in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It is suitable for all abilities and will appeal to friends as well as those travelling on their own – make new friends and discover renewed artistic flair and design ideas that you can translate to textiles such as felting, silk printing, wool, patchwork and quilting.

Dates and prices 2021

Sunday 14th – Friday 19th March – £725 per person (5 nights) – CALL TO BOOK

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

How to book

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?

Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00 for 5 night breaks, or at 16:00 for 2-night breaks).

Sunday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

Weekend Course
Friday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge 
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor 
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Saturday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Sunday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your own way home

 

All materials and equipment for your course will be provided by your tutor.

Tutor Ewa Kuniczak

Your tutor is the vibrant Ewa Kuniczak, Co-founder of the International Feltmakers Association.

Polish-born Ewa now lives and works in Scotland. She is an author, as well as a freelance lecturer and tutor in Art & Design and Creative Textiles (specialising in felting techniques). Ewa continues to produce her own work for exhibitions and high-profile fairs. She has travelled widely, studying costume, textile and felting methods, and continues to participate in international conferences, exhibitions and leading community projects. Ewa exhibits widely through the UK, USA and Europe on a regular basis, and is recipient of several awards, including Best in Show at the Royal Highland Show, and Innovation & Design. Find out more about Ewa on her website http://www.ewakuniczak.co.uk/about-me.html

 

‘Look forward to returning. Many thanks.’ Tricia, Felting Course, May 2019

‘Had an amazing time. Loved being here. Good luck with the renovation.’ Lisa, Felting Course, May 2019

‘I’ve really enjoyed my stay. Thank you very much’. Linday, Felting Course, April 2019

‘Had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the staff’. Gillian, Felting Course, April 2019

‘I cannot express how much my husband and I enjoyed being at Gartmore, your staff could not have made us feel more welcome and I loved being taught by Ewa who is a remarkable tutor. Ewa has a wealth of experience and is most generous with her skills/knowledge. The red piece of Nuno felt I made was transformed into a shawl/cowl and the large grey/white/black and red piece I turned into a reversible top/tunic. I will certainly be coming back to Gartmore either in May or September next year to attend another 5 day workshop’. Lorraine & Steve, Felting Course, August 2018
Read student Lorraine’s blog post about her Nuno Felting course with Ewa.

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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