Curso postgrado (Artes Aplicadas) – Textile postgraduate course at the Escola Massana, Barcelona 2021/22 – Curso

(Traducción al castellano al final)

Here¬īs a sneak preview of final work by postgraduate textile students, Escola Massana, 2021/22 by –

Nicole Betancourt (Chile), Jimena Barrenechea (Peru), Steven Bola√Īos (Colombia) and Angela Luesma (Espa√Īa).

The postgraduate one-year course, is unique in Spain, in that it aims to bring students together from different disciplines, including Fine Art, Industrial Design or Craft, to focus on a hands-on, materials-based, intensive encounter with textiles, ceramics/glass or jewellery – leading to a maduration of, and new directions in their professional work.¬† As such, it seeks to focus on a cross-disciplinary approach, rather than to refine and develop work in the students¬ī existing area of expertise.

The 2021/22 course, led in the Massana¬īs weave studio by British textile weaver and designer Anna Champeney, gave students an intensive hands-on practical and theoretical and artistic introduction to shaft-loom woven textiles, enriched by a short module with Francesca Pinyol, in computer-assisted Jacquard weaving.

The course challenged students to use their creativity and curiosity to take their projects beyond the traditional confines of woven textiles, and draw on inspiration and influences from a range of influences and inspirations.

View the results at Artesanía de Catalunya, c/Banys Nous, Barcelona, in the final end-of-course show, which launches on 28 September 2022.  

Aqui subimos unos detalles de obras finales realizados por estudiantes del postgrado, (prof. Anna Champeney, BA, MA), en la Escola Massana, Barcelona, Catalunya por (en orden alfabético):

Jimena Barrenechea (Peru)

Nicole Betancourt (Chile)

Steven Bola√Īos (Colombia)

Angela Luesma (Espa√Īa).

El curso de Artes Aplicadas, de un a√Īo de duraci√≥n, es unico en Espa√Īa, y tiene, como objetivo, juntar estudiantes de diferentes disciplinas – Bellas Artes, Dise√Īo Industrial, Artesan√≠a, para experimentar un encuentro intensivo con el textil (telar de bajo lizo / telar digital).¬† Los estudiantes reciben una iniciaci√≥n intensiva, con charlas sobre el dise√Īo y arte textil (y otros modulos teoricos, y de signaturas orientadas a ayudarles en temas profesionales).¬† Pero el enfoque principal es el proyecto final, con el reto de crear obras que unen una visi√≥n artistica y individual con el conocimiento del lenguaje textil adquirido en el taller.¬† La idea es fomentar un proceso de maduraci√≥n y exploraci√≥n art√≠stica.

El curso de 2021/22, dirigido en el taller por especialista en tejido de bajo lizo, británica Anna Champeney, dió a los estudiantes, la oportunidad de recibir una iniciación práctica y teórica intensiva a la creación textil en telares de bajo lizo, suplementado por un modulo con telar digital con Francesca Pinyol.

Los proyectos que resultaron reflejaban temas tan diversas como el textil como paisaje, el textil tres dimensional, la √ļni√≥n del textil con la pintura, y el textil como vehiculo del activismo feminista, con lecturas en diversos niveles – tanto conceptual, como t√©cnico.


Se presentan los resultados del postgrado en Artes Aplicadas de la Escola Massana (textil o ceramica/vidrio o joyería) en una exposición en Artesanía de Catalunya, c/Banys Nous, Barcelona.  Se inaugura el 28 de septiembre, 2022.  




Maison & Objet 24-28 March, Paris (H7, Stand C72)

Ebon throw by Anna Champeney, on show at Maison & Objet 24-28 March 2022, Paris


Come and see us at the Signature section of Maison & Objet, H7, Stand C72 (SACO)

24-28 March, 2022

Anna will be at the stand personally on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March

Maison & Objet, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre

Opening hours:
Thursday to Sunday, 9.30am to 7pm..
Monday: 9.30am to 6pm.



Anna Champeney Textile PopUp Exhibition, Sant Gregori (Girona), 2 – 29 de marzo, 2022

Anna Champeney Textile Exhibition in Girona (Sant Gregori) 2022 March 2-29

Come and get to know our textiles in this “pop-up” exhibition 2-29 March 2022 in the Biblioteca Miquel Marti i Pol, Pl. de Rafel Mas√≥, 2, 17150 Sant Gregori, El Giron√©s.

Sant Gregori (Girona).¬† ¬†The exhibition will feature a selection of pieces from our core collections.¬† You¬īll have a rare opportunity to see handwoven samples and prototypes from the studio¬īs archives and meet Anna in person.

Anna will be at the exhibition on the 19 March to lead a guided visit, suitable for all publics, to give you unique insights into her design work and the craft design philosophy which underpins everything the studio does.   Book your place free.  

Spain for Design – 10 Best Blankets “Made in Spain”

Thanks for featuring our merino throws, Spain for Design, in your online feature!¬† / Muchas gracias por incluirnos en el articulo “10 best blankets to snuggle up in”.

Spain for Design interview and feature with Anna Champeney blankets / Articulo online con plaids Anna ChampeneyThe UK has devoted years to develop an international image based on the quality and identity of its contemporary craft and design.¬† But until now Spain¬īs best designers and makers have gone almost unrecognised.¬† Spain for Design plans to change that.¬† About time too!¬†¬†

El Reino Unido ha dedicado muchos a√Īos a fomentar una identidad internacional enfocada al dise√Īo y artesan√≠a contempor√°nea de calidad.¬† ¬†Pero fuera (y tambi√©n dentro) del pa√≠s, las creaciones y marcas de dise√Īo artesanal van casi despercibidas.

Spain for Design quiere cambiar esto y dar a conocer la calidad de productos dise√Īadas y elaboradas en Espa√Īa.¬† !Enhorabuena!

See us in Signature, MAISON ET OBJET 2022 (Hall 7 – Stand C72)


We¬īre back at Festivalet, Barcelona – 11 & 12 December 2021

If you¬īre in Barcelona in December come to see us at Festivalet.¬†

It¬īs one of the city¬īs favourite christmas design and contemporary craft fairs and is back after an absence of 2 years.¬†


Selling direct to the public, this design and craft fair is in a new venue, in the vibrant Fabra & Coats building in the Sant Andreu area Рa short hop on the metro from the city centre.  It reminds me of the Custard Factory in Birmingham, the UK, where I used to work.  A similar concept Рusing previous industrial buildings as art and design venues.

This year you¬īll find all our favourite textiles – our soft merino throws and blankets, baby blankets with natural dyes, and limited edition cashmere and merino wool scarves.¬† All with our graphic, contemporary designs.

So come and find solutions for christmas – and support talented Spanish and Catalan makers and designers with your purchases.


This is the first time our Ribeira Sacra scarves go on sale

How to get to Festivalet

Metro: L1 (Sant Andreu)

Bus: 11, 40, N9, H4, H8 i 126

Train (Renfe): Sant Andreu Comtal

Brexit – we are sorry not to be able to supply our direct clients in the UK any more

However, just as many small businesses in the UK are unable to supply clients direct in Europe post Brexit we are unable to supply private clients in the UK via our website any more.¬† This is a direct result of Britain leaving the EU – the additional burocracy, costs, difficultings with shipping, simply cannot be supported by a small craft-based company like ours.¬† ¬†Nor will we be able to participate in shows such as Made London.¬† We¬īre very sorry about this, it¬īs the inevitable result of leaving the European trading block.

Escola Massana welcomes Anna Champeney as postgraduate textiles lecturer / Anna Champeney, docente en la Escola Massana, Barcelona

(Eng/Castellano) We¬īre delighted to announce in our September 2021 journal that Anna Champeney is to join¬† textile artist, Francisca Pi√Īol and Nuria Bitria as lecturer in woven textiles at the Escola Massana, one of Spain¬īs best known and established Art Schools / Es un placer anunciar en el diario de Septiembre 2021 que Anna Champeney se une a Francesca Pi√Īol y Nuria Bitria como docente de dise√Īo y arte textil en la Escola Massana, Barcelona.¬†¬†

Jacquard textile by Francesca Pi√Īol / Tejido de Jacquard por Francesca Pi√Īol

Pi√Īol is known internationally for her creative art textiles and Jacquard weaving.¬† And Bitria is synonymous with the Teixidors, as the high end weave company¬īs Creative Director.¬† Both have been instrumental in establishing a focus on woven textiles as a discipline at the Massana Art School. / Pi√Īol est√° conocido tanto al nivel nacional como internacional por el arte textil y tambi√©n por tejidos Jacquard.¬† Y Bitria es sin√≥nima con Teixidors, donde trabaja como directora creativa.¬† Ambas han jugado un papel importante para establecer tejido en telar de bajo lizo como disciplina especializada el nivel del grado y posgrado en la Escola Massana, Barcelona.¬†¬†

Nuria Bitria, creative director of Teixidors (Terrassa, Catalunya)
Nuria Bitria, Creative Director of Teixidors Weave Company (Terrassa, Catalunya) / Nuria Bitria es directora creativa de Teixidors, Terrassa.

Anna Champeney will be joining the team led by Pi√Īol and Bitria at the Escola Massana in the heart of Barcelona as lecturer in textiles as the special subject on the MA offered in Contemporary Applied Arts.¬† / Anna Champeney empieza en octubre 2021 como docente del tejido en telar de bajo lizo, en el taller especializado ofrecido como parte del Masters de Artes Aplicadas Contempor√°neas.¬†¬†

Anna comments, “For two decades I¬īve been an admirer of the Massana Art School and the teaching post will give me the chance to share my skills and philosophy and encourage textile creatives as well as introducing those from other disciplines to weave.¬† My hope is to open up a vision of the multiple possibilities of weave by encouraging a deep curiosity for the interactions between textile materials and processes.¬† The aim?¬† To really get in close to weave and understand how a thorough grounding in the essential techniques and reactions between threads on the loom can act as a springboard for creative work with integrity and depth”. / Anna comenta “Durante m√°s de 2 d√©cadas he sido gran admiradora de la Escuela Massana en Catalunya y el nuevo trabajo me permitir√° compartir el conocimiento que tengo como dise√Īadora y artesana textil, y conocer y animar a estudiantes no s√≥lo del mundo textil si no de otros campos.¬† Espero poder fomentar una visi√≥n de las m√ļltiples¬†posibilidades que ofrece la creaci√≥n de tejidos en telar de bajo lizo, a trav√©s de una curiosidad profunda para descubrir y las interacciones entre materiales y procesos.¬† ¬ŅEl objectivo?¬† Acercarse al mundo textil y usar el acercamiento al material para crear muestras creativas i originales que m√°s adelante pueden preparar el estudiante para proyectos m√°s avanzados”.¬†

The Massana proposes the postgraduate program of study to “provide a space and a time for growth and maturation in skills and mastery of techniques and materials, while offering a shared place for reflection on the contemporary role of applied arts and their role in today‚Äôs world, from a transdisciplinary approach and in the common territory of arts and design”.

Interestingly, the MA course is open to both university degree holders and established high level professional craft makers who have taken an alternative route into contemporary making to that offered by universities.

The MA is an excellent opportunity to experience the rigorous and exploratory world of university level teaching and making, with its emphasis on critical thinking, collaborative working and discussion and presentation of work.  And for graduates it offers the possibility of experiencing the world of professional makers who are out in the market place.

And of course, being in Barcelona, it¬īs an extremely attractive proposition for international students as well as Spanish students.¬† What an exciting city to spent a year in as an international art student and immerse oneself in culture, art, design and of course the Catalan culture in Spain.

Sobre el Postgrado:¬† El Postgrado en Artes Aplicadas Contempor√°neas que ofrecen la Escola Massana y la Universidad Aut√≥noma de Barcelona propone una formaci√≥n que va m√°s all√° de los planteamientos disciplinares en el entorno de las Artes Aplicadas. As√≠, se orienta a estudiantes y profesionales vinculados a los campos de la artesan√≠a, el dise√Īo y las artes en general, y puede resultar de inter√©s para graduados en Bellas Artes, Arquitectura, Dise√Īo o Humanidades, para titulados de ciclos formativos en escuelas de arte y de dise√Īo, as√≠ como para profesionales en activo sin formaci√≥n universitaria.

El itinerario formativo es eminentemente pr√°ctico. Su centro de gravedad¬†reside en las actividades que se desarrollan en los talleres a los que cada estudiante puede optar: Arte Textil, Joyer√≠a y Artes del fuego (Cer√°mica y Vidrio). El Postgrado facilita un espacio y un tiempo de crecimiento y maduraci√≥n en las habilidades y el dominio de las t√©cnicas y materiales, al tiempo que propone un lugar compartido para la reflexi√≥n sobre la funci√≥n contempor√°nea de las artes aplicadas y su papel en el mundo actual, desde un enfoque transdisciplinar y en el territorio com√ļn de las artes y el dise√Īo.

A nivel de desarrollo profesional, el Postgrado en Artes Aplicadas Contempor√°neas promueve la realizaci√≥n de proyectos personales con un alto grado de implicaci√≥n social, ecol√≥gica y creativa, optimizando los recursos que ofrecen las pr√°cticas de las artes y el dise√Īo. Su¬†mirada interdisciplinar promueve, a su vez, la capacidad de nuevos y nuevas artesanas para el trabajo en equipos multiprofesionales vinculados a campos como los de la arquitectura, el dise√Īo de producto, las artes visuales, la moda, el audiovisual, las artes esc√©nicas y otros quiz√°s a√ļn por emerger. Se trata de generar oportunidades que desemboquen en una trayectoria profesional creativa.