26 November 2013


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Mola Work of the Kuna Indians

Textiles enthusiasts may be interested to know the origin of the appliqué Mola Work we have on display here at Studio Préniac. The Molas originate from the San Blas Islands, off the coast of Panama and are made by the women of the Kuna Indian tribe. The Molas are usually made in pairs, as they [...]

20 October 2013


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The Secret Gardens of Cahors

Tucked away in the back streets of Cahor’s medieval quarter, there are a cluster of little known but delightfully tranquil spaces, collectively known as the Secret Gardens of Cahors. Some of the gardens, such as the Cloister Garden, have existed for over 500 years, while others were part of an initiative introduced in 2002 to [...]

14 October 2013


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The Bastide Towns of SW France

The bastides, or fortified towns, of south-west France were the new towns of the Middle Ages. The very first, Cordes, was founded early in the thirteenth century, and others were built and developed right up to the seventeenth century, affording their people both protection and prosperity. The architecture of the bastides is as stunning as [...]

10 October 2013


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Door Knockers of Montcuq

Whilst visiting local towns and villages with guests in the SW France during our Art & Textiles courses, there have been many comments as to why are there so many ‘door knockers’ in the shape of hands. Following a little research on the web, it does transpire that they can be found almost everywhere across [...]

2 October 2013


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Plum Harvest in SW France

All around where we live in SW France plum orchards abound and are mainly grown for the production of prunes for which the area is famous. The ripe plums are these days harvested mechanically and transported to local co-operatives from where they are sent for drying. They are oven-dried at about 175 degrees Fahrenheit for [...]

24 September 2013


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Guy Houdouin Exhibition

A group of students on Cas Holmes’s recent course at Studio Préniac were lucky enough to stumble on a fascinating exhibition at the Grenier du Chapitre Gallery in Cahors on their day off. Taking full advantage of the vaulted ceilings, the work of artist Guy Houdouin has created atmospheric impact in this ancient and unique [...]

18 August 2013


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Boat Trip from Bouziès to Saint-Cirq Lapopie

What better way to spend a warm sunny day than by taking a boat trip on the river Lot from Bouziès to Saint-Cirq Lapopie. The river Lot is navigable over 75 kilometres between Luzech and Larnagol and meanders over a total distance of 485 km from its source at Mont-Lozère, joining the Garonne at Aiguillon. [...]

21 January 2013


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Winters in SW France at Studio Preniac

We are often asked by guests on one of our Studio Préniac activity or Gite holidays, as to “what are the winters like in SW France”? Where we live, the climate may be thought of as typical of a continental climate, with hot summers, often reaching the high 30′s centigrade and cold winters. The first [...]