6 – 9 April 2017 | Exploring Place

Logo-TAA_100Have you ever wanted to USE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF PLACE as inspiration for your creative work?

Logo-TAA_100WOULD YOU LIKE TO SLOW DOWN and make time to really absorb your surroundings?

Logo-TAA_100Would you like to use cloth, stitch and paper to evoke WHAT YOU SEE, HEAR AND SENSE IN THE WORLD AROUND YOU?

If you answered YES to one or more questions, then you should definitely sign up for this class.

6 – 9 April 2017

Exploring Place

Debbie Lyddon is known for her work that evokes coastal environments but for this workshop you will join her in the mountain woodlands of Mugena to immerse yourself in a landscape of chestnut trees, light, shadow and birdsong.

Weather permitting, you will spend time outside, both walking and in stillness, paying attention and sensing the world: looking, listening and touching.

Your findings will be documented with drawing, mark-making, sound recording and writing.


Back in the studio your collected material will form a starting point for experiments with paper, cloth, stitch, mark-making, collage and printing to create a unique and personal record of your exploration of this place.

You will each construct a Holding Place to contain your explorations.

images ©Debbie Lyddon

DebbieLyddon_portraitDebbie Lyddon is an artist and maker based in Surrey and Norfolk, UK.

Her creative practice explores landscape and place.

Her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings.

Debbie was originally a classical flautist and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

More recently she received a MA in Contemporary Textiles from the University of Hertfordshire and is an exhibiting member of The 62 Group of Textile Artists and Studio 21.

DebbieLyddon_beach“My interest lies in the perception of natural phenomena that occur in my immediate surroundings and my current practice explores the processes of change that occur in a coastal environment. Air, wind, water, light and sound are forever shifting with continuous and infinitesimal change; my work explores these visible and invisible forces and the transformations they engender on the landscape and the objects in it.

I am not only inspired by things that are seen but also by those that are heard and can be touched and I record objects, happenings, sounds and textures that I have noticed in the environment around me. I make mixed media cloth, sculptures, installations and drawings which originate from thoughts and memories that are a consequence of experiencing place and paying attention.

I walk, notice, stitch, paint, draw, print, write and occasionally make music.

My practice aims to present a multi-sensory interpretation of my surroundings – one that can be seen, touched and heard.”


Here’s what you get when you enroll for a class at TexArtAcademy:

stitchingSeminar 4 days | CHF 960.00

checkmarkworkshop 4 days

checkmarkluminous workshop room

checkmarkconstructive support from tutor and other students

checkmark4 lunches

checkmarkparking space

Accommodation is not included in the package. All accommodations are to be booked via TexArtAcademy (payment at the Hotel, credit cards accepted). Please find information about prices by clicking here

The seminars take place at Hotel Il Castagno, CH-6939 Mugena/TI.

Mugena (Alto Malcantone) is situated at an altitude of 840 m, well away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is particularly suitable for people who are looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay.

The Hotel offers unique rooms. All are well-furnished and airy. The surroundings (there are lots of chestnut trees) invite you for short and longer walks.

The perfect place for a creative, but relaxing holiday.

Ticino is the Sunshine State in southern Switzerland. Mugena is only a few kilometers from Lugano and can be reached

  • by car (autobahn A2 Lucerne-Gotthard-Milan or A13 Chur-San Bernardino-Milan, exit Lugano Nord. From there a 15 minutes drive to Mugena. Lugano-Mugena: 20 minutes. Car parking at the hotel.),
  • by train (via Bellinzona to Lamone, from there short bus ride to Mugena) or even
  • by plane (Lugano Agno airport: Swiss Airlines | Milan Malpensa: easyJet and Brussels Airlines from Amsterdam, London Gatwick, Brussels and many other European cities | from Milan Malpensa shuttle bus to Lugano). Contact me, if you are interested in flying to Milan, I will be happy to help with any queries you have regarding your journey.

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Do I have to stay at one of the Hotels during the workshop?

No, there is no obligation to stay at one of our Hotels. However I have consistently heard that students get much more out of the experience if they eat meals and hang out after dinner with the other participants.

If you live here in Ticino, you can certainly book the workshop only.

But please note that on the first workshop day you should arrive at the hotel at 08:30 at the latest and departure should not be scheduled before 5:30pm on the last workshop day.

For how many nights do I have to book the Hotel?

Arrival is usually scheduled the day before the workshop starts, departure the day after the workshop ends (i.e. 5 nights for a 4 day class).

Check-in time from 2 pm, check-out time until 12 am.

You are invited to a welcome aperitif on the evening before, so be sure to be at the hotel by 5 pm.

Can I prolong or shorten my stay at the Hotel?

Yes. Your stay can be prolonged for a few days at the same rate.

If you’d like to shorten your stay, please note that on the first workshop day you should arrive at the hotel at 08:30 at the latest and departure should not be scheduled before 5:30pm on the last workshop day.

Can I bring my husband/a friend who doesn’t take the class?

Yes. Just book a double room.

Where can I find the Hotel rates and how can I book the hotel?

You can find the rates and all info about booking by clicking here.

Where can I park my car?

There are plenty of free parking spots in front and beside the Hotel.

I travel by train. How do I get to the hotel?

Travel via Bellinzona to Lamone, from there short bus ride to Mugena (sbb.ch).