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HELEN'S DRESS - Textile Art, Story Telling, Mythology, Performance

Intensive 7-day workshop + residency + public presentation for visual, multimedia and interdisciplinary artists & jewelry and fashion designers in Leonidio/Arcadia-Greece

The Helen’s Dress workshop from 30 March to 5 April 2020 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, Greece) 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

Disciplines:  Artists working with performance, visual and interdisciplinary art, multimedia art, jewelry or fashion design are encouraged to apply.
The Helen’s Dress workshop also addresses writers or culture/art historians/theorist with a strong interest in a contemporary interpretation of Greek mythology, narrative, ancient performance, embroidery language, textile art, ceremony and ritual.

Accommodation/studio:  Shared accommodation (2 persons per room / shared bathroom and cooking facility) and workspace are included in the workshop.

Support:  FaveLAB supports the artist with communication, practical advice and assistance during the workshop and the preparation of the presentation. FaveLAB may support grant applications by the artist with a letter of invitation (upon request).

Artist Fee:  760,- Euros paid 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).

Application requirements:  E-mail your application with cover letter to including a short introduction of yourself and a statement (each max. 200 words, CV, website link, 4 to 6 images of your work) stating your incentive to participate in the Helen’s dress workshop.
Please apply only if you are 30+ years old.

Maximum number of participants:  4

Workshop date:  Due to the Corona virus pandemic, Helen's Dress workshop has been postponed !

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