Tiles (called azulejos) are everywhere in Portugal. They decorate everything from walls of churches and monasteries, to palaces, ordinary houses, park seats, fountains, shops, and railway stations. They often portray scenes from the history of the country, show its most ravishing sights, or simply serve as street signs, nameplates, or house numbers. Ace Camps + Heather Moore are heading there in June 2016 and we hope you can join us!

HEATHER MOORE of Skinny laMinx will take you on a journey to discover how tile works as a powerful pattern generator. Together, we'll explore all aspects of tile, from very traditional to most modern, looking at the ancient La Fontaine' fables, as well as Maria Keil's modern subway tile project.  The tiles, called azulejos, are not only compelling, they are also uniquely Portuguese – which is why the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, a museum dedicated to preserving tile art from around the country and across the centuries will be part of our itinerary.

Often, it’s the little, quirky things that seem to capture the spirit of where we travel and we will spend time exploring the city on foot with a map from Aideen McCole and a sketch book so you can draw designs you'd like to copy into your work. You need to walk and climb a little but it worth it.

This is a "hands-on" adventure to learn about all the different type of tiles including Portuguese pavement or calcada portuguesa, which come in many mosaic patterns. Even today they’re painstakingly laid down by hand, following a process created hundreds of years ago. 

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring.

image: Heather Moore

image: Heather Moore

image: Heather Moore

image: Heather Moore

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 3 day workshop with Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx
  • 5 nights accommodation at private home in Lisbon (based on double occupancy)
  • Chef's cooked meals
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Snacks + beverage throughout the Ace Camp
  • Museum entrance fees
  • An Ace Camp apron
  • Free day to explore

Fee: $1,995.00 USD

Deposit:  $1000.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed. 

Final Payment of $995.00 due March 21, 2017

This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Transportation to Lisbon, Portugal is not included.

What to do in Lisbon?

The other “must” was a pastel de nata, the typical Portuguese pastry made with custard. “You can get the classic ones in Belem.

Listen to Fado Vadio at Tasca do Jaime - an version of the typical melancholic Portuguese music sung by aspiring professionals.

A Carioca to pick up some infused beans and the "best" coffee.

Belém – certainly worth a visit given its historical importance. Here is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site Torre de Belém as well as the Jerónimos Monastery. Go on a Sunday and you’ll score the flea market, full of tourists and locals alike.

Mercado da Ribeira -  Food stalls and great local wine with some of the city’s best restaurants and chefs.

PHILIP KENNEDY - the best + must see's of LISBON - HERE


HEATHER MOORE lives in Cape Town, South Africa with a handsome bloke, two noisy cats, loads of plants and a couple of bicycles, all just a short walk away from the Skinny laMinx store and studio, where she designs patterns and products that get sold in her shop, and sent all over the world.

Heather Moore in Lisbon 2017 | image: Kristin Fortier

Heather Moore in Lisbon 2017 | image: Kristin Fortier


Our group will be staying at a completely renovated apartment located in the heart of Lisbon. We are walking distance to downtown Lisbon, such as Bairro Alto, Chiado, Avenida da Liberdade, Rossio and Alfama.

The property is full of light and is on the 1st floor of a very charming building built during the beginning of the XIX century. It has the original ceiling stucco, old wooden flooring and with a breath-taking view of the Lisbon's hills.

The living and dining-room looks out to the city castle lights.  All the rooms have large windows, with plenty of sunlight and all are equipped with excellent quality mattresses.

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Getting from the Lisbon Portela Airport - airport code LIS - to the city centre one has the option of using taxi or bus service. Lisbon Airport is located 7km north of the capital Lisbon. It is easy to get from the airport to our accommodation. We can help you share rides once the transportation has been sent to our office.

More information will be sent to you upon registration.

image: Heather Moore


June is extremely warm in Lisbon and is the perfect time to visit and see all that the city has to offer. The average temperature during the day reaches 20°C or about 60°F, but average highs are 23°C (that's about 74°F). At night the lows average 16°C (about 61°F). At least 25 out of 30 days the temperature will be above 21°C and you can expect at least 7 days when the thermometer reaches above 30°C.



Beautifully retro-packaged tins of sardines from the Conserveira de Lisboa, gloves, hats and riding boots, embroidered bed linen and monogrammed towels, all at bargain prices; old-fashioned shops with wooden counters and antique glass display cabinets; shopkeepers who wrap your purchases in brown paper tied with ribbon or twine, as English shopkeepers did in the 1940s.


Day One

Travel Day – Make your way to the accommodation for check-in for 4:00pm

Have a rest, walk the city, head for a beverage or explore the neighbourhood.

7:30pm Meet and Greet - Dinner at the private home.

Day Two

Breakfast 7:00 – 8:30 – at your leisure

Workshop with Heather Moore
Title: Principles of pattern - explorations through lino block printing on fabric

10:00~ 1st Day Workshop (full day)

How pattern is created
- We learn the basics of printing on fabric with linoleum blocks, including table setup and how to print
- We do some hands-on exploring of principles of pattern layout, & how a single motif can create many patterns. 

1:00pm                  LUNCH     

Field Trip
- We go to the Museu Nacional do Azulejos (National Tile Museum), photographing and sketching to get inspired by the possibilities of tiled designs. 

6pm – meet back at the house

How repeat patterns work
- We discuss the patterns we saw, and see a demonstration of how to create a seamless repeating design.

7:30 DINNER at our private accommodation.


Day Three

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

Those that wish can head out to Feira da Ladra (flea market) when it opens at 6:00am before breakfast)

2nd Day Workshop with Heather Moore


    Design, carve  and print patterns
- After learning how to design and cut a lino block, we start creating our own, using inspiration from tiles in Lisbon

1:00pm        LUNCH at a local restaurant

    Print patterns
We start to plot out and print our design on fabric.

Optional late afternoon excursion:  Fado Vadio at Tasca do Jaime – to listen to typical melancholic Portuguese music - after visiting the famous Feira da Ladra market that is just a short walk far from this bar's location

DINNER at our private home.

Day Four

7:00 – 8:30am BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

3rd Day Workshop (full day) with Heather Moore

10:00 am

Project day
- We spend the rest of the day using our lino blocks to print Lisbon-inspired patterns on fabric.

LUNCH in the park

Project day
Once you start, it's addictive, so we continue printing and experimenting.

DINNER on your own

Day Five

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

Free Day to venture out and explore the city.

We will have some group options for you to explore - maybe you would like to sign up for a tile painting workshop or head to Cascais for a day trip.

7:30 FINAL DINNER with wine at the house

Day Six

Travel Day

We will help you to organize your rides to the airport should you require shared transportation.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.