Article Sue ARAN in Bonjour Paris


... I telephone Annette earlier this year and we began an email correspondence, then I met her at her studio in Toulouse.  She has been the clothes designer and tinter for Bleu de Lectoure since 2002.  In 2010 she received the distinction of Maître - Artrisan Métier d'Art and Académicienne des Arts et des Sciences du Pastel. She works with her husband and an assistant most of the time in a a small studio called AHPY - Creations by Annette Hardouin.  She told me that Bleu de Lectoure offers classes at Chateau Loubens east of Toulouse.  It's a full day of immersion in glorious pastel blue dye.  Each attendee can bring up to 15  pieces of fabric or clothes to be dyed.  They learn the history of woad, dye their fabrics, have lunch in the local village, then finish the process and take their pieces home.  She said she would be delighted to work with my tour groups, giving one class each month from June to September....


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