Explore the World with Judy!

Judy Gula and tour participants block printing in India

During an Artistic Artifacts Travel Creative Retreat with Judy Gula, enjoy a vacation filled with art classes, tours, wonderful cuisine and more! Explore exciting international destinations as you learn new creative techniques, witness handcrafted products being manufactured in behind the scene visits to local factories and studios, partake in private tours of local historic sites, museums — and so much more!

  • Judy and Liz Kettle return to Italy in September — reservations/deposits must be made by March 2024. Contact Judy to let her know you want to join her!
  • Filling fast! We have two exciting 2024 textile tours with Aahilya Holidays, visiting Indonesia and a return to India!

Domestically, our second annual Creative Minds Summit takes place April 19, 20 & 21, 2024! and registration is now open! By popular demand, Liz Kettle, Gwen Lafleur and Libby Williamson are returning for our second edition, joining Judy for what promises to be another amazing event — visit our Workshops & Events sections to register: seats are limited!

Save the date for the Artistic Artifacts Creative Minds Summit, April 19, 20 & 21, 2024

If you want to learn from some of the best, our shop in Alexandria, VA is your destination for three days of exclusive mixed media classes! We’ll have more information for you soon — watch our newsletter (if you’re not already a subscriber, click here) and social media channels for updates.

The Textile Tour of Indonesia: May 1 – 16, 2024

Indonesia is home to a wide variety of traditional textiles such as batik, ikat and more, each with its own unique history and cultural significance. Visit traditional textile villages, meet the artisans who make these textiles, and learn about the history and significance of them during this exciting tour opportunity! The Textile Tour of Indonesia with Judy Gula, May 1–16, 2024 will include time in Yogyakarta, Solo and Bali and is offered by Aahilya Holidays — Judy has worked with Isha Sharma, a director with Aahilya, for years!

The Textile Tour of Indonesia with Judy Gula, May 1–16, 2024

Highlights of The Textile Tour of Indonesia with Judy Gula include the following. Visit Aahilya Holidays for a detailed itinerary and complete information and to join Judy on this exciting opportunity!

  • Visit to famous temples and textile museums
  • Participate in 2 Batik printing workshop
  • Natural Dyeing workshop
  • Village experiences – see farming, weaving, cooking, traditional houses and everyday life
  • Puppet making workshop
  • Visit to traditional weavers
  • Experience local culture and cuisine
  • 2 leisure days to enjoy sunshine at the Sanur Beach
  • Textile expert accompanying guide during the tour

Learn more about the Textile Tour of Indonesia with Judy Gula, arranged through Aahilya Holidays.

Italy Creative Retreat — Creating a Sense of Place: September 7-15, 2024

Judy and Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution team up for "Capturing a Sense of Place" retreat, returning to Ischia di Castro in Northern Italy! We have a dedicated studio space in Ischia di Castro, fully stocked for your fiber and mixed media adventure. All art supplies are provided for your morning classes, and afternoons you’ll explore historical and art-filled towns and venues. Visit Textile Evolution for a detailed explanation from Liz of what to expect during your magical vacation!

Artistic Artifacts works with Lewis Gautieri of Italian Cultural Tours to bring this one of a kind trip to you. Interested in joining us in September, 2024? Email Judy directly! Remember, we must have a minimum number of reservations/deposits committed by March 2024 to ensure this creative retreat takes place. Don’t miss out!

Mixed media art studio time and Italian tours

Ischia di Castro, located approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Rome in the northernmost area of Lazio. Rich in history, it is strategically located to many fascinating cities, historic archaeological sites such as the ancient Etruscan city of Castro, and bodies of water. We’ll put you in contact Lewis Gautieri for assistance and personalized attention; he will be happy to assist you with flight recommendations, customized tours, spouse activities, extended stay options and more.

Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab: November 21 – December 8, 2024

Join Judy as she returns to India with the Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab, visiting new sites and artisans, including a visit to Dharamshala, the center of the Tibetan world in India! One of Himachal Pradesh’s most irresistible destinations and located in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley, Dharamsala is famous as the home of the exiled Dalai Lama. After your arrival in New Dehli, you will visit Amritsar and Dalhousie on your way to Dharamshala; then enjoy stops in Manali, Shimla and Kalka as you journey back to Dehli to fly home. Coordinated by Aahilya Holiday, this exciting opportunity will take place November 21–December 8, 2024.

Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts returns to India November 21–December 8, 2024

Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab with Judy Gula includes the following highlights. Visit Aahilya Holidays for a detailed itinerary and complete information and plan to join Judy as she returns to India!

  • Visit to Golden temple, partition museum and Jalianwalan Bagh
  • Participate in Phulkari and Chamba Rumal embroidery workshop
  • Participate in Thangka painting workshop
  • Demonstration on pottery
  • Visit to Kangra Fort, Dalai Lama Temple and famous monasteries in Dharamshala
  • Sightseeing tour of Manali and visit to see famous Kullu Shawl Weaving
  • Explore Shimla visiting ViceRegal Lodge, Shimla Museum and enjoy the joy ride on UNESCO's famous mountain railway journey of Shimla
  • Visit Craft Museum and explore Dilli Haat

Learn more about the Textile Trail Of Himachal & Punjab with Judy Gula, arranged through Aahilya Holidays.

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