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Illuminated Letters ‘Art Nouveau style’ Retreat


Course dates Monday 16th May 2022 – Friday 20th May 2022

  • Goldwork Retreat
  • Held at Foxhill House
  • Beautiful Cheshire countryside
  • Meals, accommodation and tutor time included

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Illuminated Letters ‘Art Nouveau style’ Retreat

Looking for relaxation and to get away from it all with Embroidery added to the mix? Look no further join like-minded company on our Monday-Friday Illuminated Letters ‘Art Nouveau style’ Retreat. No chores, no daily routine to distract you, and the luxury of feeling looked after from lunch on your day of arrival to lunch on departure day.

These stunning Art Nouveau style letters really capture the essence and the style of the era, a wonderful challenge, give yourself the sense of achievement by completing your chosen letter.  You can choose any letter in the alphabet and complete in your chosen colour, you will be provided with the design.

A pack will be available to purchase, you will be able to choose the colours you want to work with, so the cost will be selection dependent.

What is Art Nouveau?

Art Nouveau literally means ‘new art. Art Nouveau is an ornamental style of art. It was very popular between  1890’s and 1910’s throughout Europe and the United States. Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic lines. Examples of Art Nouveau can be seen all around us in  architecture, interior design, jewellery,  posters, and illustrations.
Artists involved in Art Nouveau wanted to create modern art for the modern age. The turn of the century was coming, the world was changing, and the artists, designers and architects who championed Art Nouveau wanted to abandon the rule-laden styles of the past.
Drawing  inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, creating  elegant designs that united flowing, natural forms resembling the stems and blossoms of plants. Concentrating on strong linear contours took precedence over colour, which was usually represented with hues such as muted greens, browns, yellows, and blues.
A famous artist from the Art Nouveau period is Gustav Klimt, he famously said, “Enough of censorship…I refuse every form of support from the state, I’ll do without all of it,” – he said this as he was attacked for his work’s swirling erotic forms, he went on pioneer his Gold Period – which one of the highlights of Art Nouveau. Gustav Klimt’s work is popular within goldwork.
There are many wonderful examples of  Art Nouveau in Architecture including Glasgow School of Art in Scotland where the most famous of their building were designed by Charles Reenie Mackintosh  and Casa Batlló in Barcelona which was designed by Antoni Gaudí who designed many of the buildings in Barcelona,  but there are many more around the world. To identify an Art Nouveau building characteristics are  shapes drawn from nature, like insects, birds, graceful plant forms and especially whiplash curves which are  ribbon-like rays that bend back on themselves. Structures are often asymmetrical, so their sides are not always balanced. Doors and windows quite often have sloping arches that echo organic forms.
Course dates 16th May 2022 – 20th May 2022

Venue details

Held at our venue Foxhill house in the stunning Cheshire countryside with all accommodation and meals included in the costing.

Breakfast includes cereals, fruit, toast, or full-cooked English breakfast

Morning Coffee (or a variety of teas, Coffee or juice) comes with a selection of biscuits.

Lunch is served as a buffet, hot or cold.

Afternoon Tea (a variety of teas, or coffee, or juice) is served with biscuits.

Dinner is a three-course meal, hot or cold.


Terms and conditions and cancellation policy:

All bookings must be paid in full to secure your place. Please ensure that you can attend before booking. You can view the full terms and conditions here. £50 of the booking will be automatically classed as a non-refundable deposit. If you wish to make any amendments there will be a £50 amendment fee. All details of any cancellations or amendments can be seen in the terms and conditions.

A copy of the terms and conditions will be sent to you as a downloadable file when you book.


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