Teaching in Italy

How would you like to join me in Italy on an Exploring Place workshop? I have been invited to teach a 5-day course in October 2020 at the stunning 18th century Masseria della Zingara in Puglia, Italy.

The masseria at dawn

The masseria, sits in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves and I’m very much looking forward to walking, exploring, noticing, documenting and making in this beautiful environment and sunny climate. I hope some of you would like to join me!

sketchbookSmall, handmade, coptic bound sketchbook

Each morning will start with a walk where the emphasis will be on paying attention and documenting our experiences in sketchbooks that we will make ourselves. Using all of our senses we will explore the contours of the landscape, objects, materials, and the effect that air, wind, light and sound have on the environment.

detail from soundmark bookSoundwalk concertina book

Back in the studio we will draw, and make and sew; feeling our way into the landscape and finding ways of documenting our own personal experience of this place. I expect to  experiment with new materials, found objects and natural phenomena such as shadows, light and the wind.

ropeObject made from found rope

The photos are examples of the type of things we will be doing. You can find more information about the workshop on the Committed to Cloth website and more information about the Masseria della Zingara here.


4 thoughts on “Teaching in Italy

  1. Alison Tribe

    Hi Debbie

    I would absolutely love to do your course but I have decided not to fly any more because of the climate emergency and the train journey is very complicated and expensive. Is there any chance of you doing the course in the UK ? I know that this location in Italy has built up a good reputation for its courses – it looks amazing – but as your work brilliantly evidences, we don’t need to look far beyond our on shores for inspiration.

    Best wishes


  2. nantwo

    Will this workshop be rescheduled or cancelled due to these uncertain times. I am registered but am not comfortable traveling at this moment and I fear October will still see this emergency.

    1. debbielyddon Post author

      Hello, I’m afraid that at the moment I don’t know what is going to happen with the course. I presume that a final decision won’t be made until we have a clearer picture of how things are going to proceed but please get in contact with Committed to Cloth who you booked through. Non of us want to travel if it is unsafe and I’m sure a sensible decision will be taken. Debbie


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