TIFFANIE TURNER's FINE ART OF PAPER FLOWERS
chateau dumas : workshop details

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
 

 

DAY 1 : SEPTEMBER 7

Arrival Day:
Students are welcomed to the Chateau with aperitifs, a general introduction and an orientation for the week. This day will be spent settling in, meeting the group, acquainting themselves with the beautiful Chateau and enjoying a two-course dinner.

DAY 2 : SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Morning:
A delicious breakfast will be served before a visit to the craft and farmer’s market in medieval St. Antonin-Noble-Val, plus any local pop-up flea market that may be happening that day. Students are invited to search for any treasures like vases, ribbons or other creative accoutrements for floral arranging and photography, as well as any vintage linens for woad dyeing.

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, following by the afternoon workshop session. Tiffanie will give a detailed workshop overview, sharing the meaning behind her work and the balance she keeps with her paper flower making between the craft world and her fine art practice. She will provide descriptions of what students will be studying and creating over the course of the retreat, touching on her unique and self-taught paper flower techniques and the wide range of crepe papers available. Then we will dive right in to paper flower making, starting with the centers of a peony, a garden cosmos, and a single dahlia. Tiffanie will guide you though her special techniques to give the centers of your flowers depth of color and realism, using a uniquely different approach for each of the three flowers.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 3 : MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Morning:
Following breakfast, the morning workshop session will begin. We will spend the morning on peony petals, learning to form, layer, stack, and sculpt them for realistic effects, and will join them with the peony centers created on the previous day. Tiffanie will continue to consult on peony petal attachment as needed when possible in the afternoon session.

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, followed by an afternoon paper flower making session where we will use a new technique to create diaphanous and ethereal garden cosmos petals. Within this session will be an introduction to Tiffanie's paper staining techniques and a demonstration of methods to create wilting and fading versions of these flowers. We will assemble the flowers and add finishing touches like double calyces at the backs, and beautiful little fern wisps along the stems. In the late afternoon, Fabienne will pay a visit with a trunk full of fabulous vintage linens to procure for woad dyeing or any other projects you can dream of.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 4 : TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Morning:

Breakfast at the Chateau will be followed by our morning workshop session. The flower of the morning is the petite hybrid tea rose. This flower grows in a large variety of colors, which will be available for you to choose from. Tiffanie will demonstrate how to treat the petals for a more realistic looking flower, and show how to create a candy-striped version of the rose as well. 

Afternoon:
Lunch will be served at the Chateau, after which we will embark on assembling the special fringing elements and precise styling of the striking open-centered single dahlia. Tiffanie will take you through the creation of the open center and petals in the color of your choice, then will help you assemble them into perfect eight-petaled specimens.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 5 : WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11


Morning:

Following breakfast, the group will visit the medieval town of Cahors to visit the market, shops, the old town and bridge.

Afternoon:
After a wonderful picnic-style lunch served at the Chateau, we will spend the afternoon session focusing on plant foliage. This session will be devoted to learning and practicing basic leaf concepts and creating leaves we will need for the flowers we are making. Specific instructions will be given for dahlia, peony, and rose leaves and stems, and Tiffanie will spend a little time talking about the different paper coloring and staining treatments she has developed and works with frequently, some of which can be used to make leaves appear to change with the seasons. This is a chance to take some of these techniques and work independently on them for the afternoon, with Tiffanie there to help you.

Evening:
This evening’s dinner will be an outing to the loveliest local restaurant, Les Sens, Puylaroque. (at guest’s cost)


DAY 6 : THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Morning:

Enjoy another Chateau-style breakfast, followed by a Woad dyeing morning with local expert Denise Lambert. We will experiment with dyeing a bit of heavy gauge crepe paper as well.

Afternoon:
Enjoy this free afternoon of leisure to continue to work on your flowers, continuing dyeing with woad, relax or pack.

Evening:
Aperitifs, wine and dinner will be served at the Chateau.


DAY 7 : FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Morning:

Following breakfast, Tiffanie will spend the morning providing materials and instruction on how to create a paper "dent de lion" (dandelion), using her continuous petal strip method, complete with the flower's wide, waxy stem. You can follow along with this dandelion lesson, or if you prefer you can work independently to add final touches to your earlier work. 

Afternoon:
After a leisurely lunch served at the Chateau, participants will have time to finish up loose ends, attempt extra flowers, attach final flower leaves and other details, and work with Tiffanie one-on-one to address any other questions they have regarding their work. Working as a team, we will photograph the "fruits" of our labor against the many rustic, beautiful surfaces of the Chateau walls and grounds. This photo shoot is such a wonderful time to honor our hard work and the beauty we will have created, and provide a way to spread this beauty out into the world.

Evening:
Celebrate a wonderful week with champagne and a fabulous, farewell three-course dinner at the Chateau, with your flowers as the centerpieces for our tables.


DAY 8 : SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Morning:

After our last breakfast together, we will say our farewells and guests will depart as per their travel schedule.

Please note:
Daily schedules and workshop content are subject to small changes to accommodate our group's pace and progress. Tiffanie is always working on new flowers, and may choose to substitute one item in the program if she finds sharing a new flower would be beneficial. This workshop will be conducted in English.

 
 
 
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TIFFANIE TURNER

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Tiffanie Turner was born in 1970 in Colonie, NY and raised in the woods of New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995 and worked as an architect for over 15 years before beginning her career as a botanical sculptor. She received a Zellerbach Family Grant award in 2016 to support her work as the May 2016 artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum located in San Francisco, where she has resided for over 20 years.

Turner has had solo exhibitions at the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA, and at Rare Device in San Francisco, where she hung her first solo show titled "HEADS" in 2014. Recent group exhibitions include "Beyond the Bouquet" at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in southern California, “Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, “Preternatural” at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, “Detritus” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and “Botanica” at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. She has been featured in Vogue, American Craft, O Magazine, Sunset, Flower Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and been noted online by Colossal, Squarespace presents HI-FRUCTOSE, Architectural Digest, My Modern Met, Design*Sponge, Elie Saab, and The Jealous Curator, among others.

Turner is an instructor in the art of paper flower making across the United States and beyond, and is the author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, released in August 2017. She is looking forward to her next solo exhibition of large scale work with Eleanor Harwood Gallery at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco in early 2019.

ARTIST STATEMENT
I am a botanical sculptor who depicts the appearance of different plants, mostly flowers, to some degree of accuracy, in paper, using both realism and preternaturally large, sometimes metastasized forms. My works in paper study scale, texture (petals sometimes reading like feathers, or fur) and color. I work with the rhythms and patterns found in nature, as well as the missteps and irregularities caused by decay, rot, wilt, dormancy, death, and genetic and viral mutations like phyllody, petalody and fasciation. I like to bring the smallest things we take for granted or that might go unnoticed, like the shape of the smallest floret of a flower, right to the viewer’s face, when one may realize they never knew it at all. I like to use the accessible association of botany to tell stories of the state of our environment, of the limits of our society's tolerance of fading beauty, of human vanity and of human compassion.