Workshop + residency + public presentation in Leonidio (Arcadia)
The Helen’s Dress workshop offers a maximum of 4 artists the opportunity to broaden their practice in textile art and embroidery, enrich their knowledge on the compatibility of Greek mythology to give valuable answers to contemporary dilemmas, discover the beauty of symbols and visual language of Greece’s embroidery motifs, deal with the concept of faith, love, betrayal, improvise of their own version of Helen’s myth.
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The Helen’s Dress workshop in the 19th century town Leonidio (Arcadia/Peloponnese) focuses on the trinity embroidery – narrative – participative performance. It includes accommodation and breakfast, embroidery, narrative, mythology and Greek textile workshops, a guided visit in a traditional embroiderer’s workshop plus guided walks in the archaic region of Arcadia – home of Dionysus, the nymphs and satyrs. The experience of participating in an old Greek textile bonding ritual still practiced in Greece will be part of the workshop.
The workshop participants will experiment with traditional Greek textile techniques, develop a narrative and a concept of their work, test the potential of traditional textile practice to highlight women’s social role, design the perfect outfit for a 2020’s female role model and learn fascinating Greek embroidery techniques.
A presentation of the works created during the workshop will take place at a local venue at the end of the week.
• 7-day (6-night) residency including shared accommodation in Leonidio, Arcadia. Breakfast is included in the price
• Guided visits to Leonidio’s ancient and medieval monuments (Pyrgos Tsikalioti, Cave of Dionysus) and the town’s museum. Two guided walks in the area (3 hours)
• Introduction to the meaning of ancient community rituals. Participation in a narrative and stitching group performance (2 hours)
• Greek textile art, soft sculpture and embroidery workshop; history + semiotics + practice (20 hours).
• Visit of a local embroiderer’s workshop and studying of 19th century and early 20th century works (2 hours)
• Story telling workshop (3 hours).
• Customized consulting regarding the individual artist’s concept and practice (3 hours)
• Curated public event presenting the workshop participants’ new work in a Leonidio venue including PR, networking, Press and Social media promotion and documentation on the website and in the Social Media
Duration of residency
The workshop starts on Monday, 30 March at midday and ends on Sunday, 5 April at midday.
Participants who arrive / depart the day before the start / the day after the end of the workshop may extend their accommodation upon request.
Shared accommodation (2 persons per room / shared bathroom and cooking facility) and workspace are included in the workshop.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Artists working with textile, crafts, embroidery, jewellery, design, fashion, performance, costume making are invited to apply. We also welcome applications from writers and graphic novelists.
No special equipment required. Basic tools and working equipment is available in the studio. Individual tools and materials should be discussed with the organizers.
Studio / Workspace
Two studios (one large / one medium) and open air workspace are available during the whole workshop week.
Fees and support
760,- Euros paid in two installments by each participant.
The fee does not include transport, travel fares, food, museum or site tickets. Each participant is asked to deposit a deposit of 50 Euros upon arrival (to be returned on departure).
Expectations towards the artist
Artists/designers are expected to work on a professional level with a clear goal to develop and improve their personal practice and to be open for new theoretical and practical approaches.
Artists will present their works created during the workshop week.