kecia deveney

Handstitched textile figu-art-ives

CREATE An art doll

An art doll is defined as an object of art versus being a children’s toy.  Create your own hand stitched art doll with step by step instruction from Kecia Deveney.

Your art doll is a project designed specifically for travel; small in size for portability and soft so that you don’t need to worry when transporting it back home. A minimal supply list will be provided, no one wants to come laden with supplies! Sharing with one another is encouraged  for well rounded choices.  Bring your own personality into your doll, infused with bits and pieces found during our time in Orvieto.

DATES: contact for information

PRICE:  $3495 USD

THEME: Hand stitch your own art doll.  No sewing experience necessary.

Meet kecia


Kecia Deveney is a mixed media artist based in the Jersey Shore channeling her life experiences into
whimsical works that playfully distort our reality. She incorporates fabric, textiles, jewelry design,
sculpture, and painting into a colorful eclectic practice that seeks to inspire others to acknowledge
their inherent creative spirit. A self-taught artist, she rejects the rules and notions of fine art in a vibrant
juxtaposition of figuration and abstraction with an emphasis on textured visceral works.

While art had always fascinated Deveney, she discovered her talents when she relocated from her
California home to coastal New Jersey. While building her new life, she took to engaging with craft,
design, and the visual arts to transform her living space into a wonderland of her own creation.
Spending most of her days as a caregiver, her art became an outlet. Embracing the unusual, she
continued to expand her practice. She was met with a positive response as others fell in love with the
imaginative worlds she invited them to explore. As her acclaim grew, she became a world traveler,
uplifting artists around the globe with her art and drawing from their rich cultures and experiences to
inform her work and evolving practice. Today, she is sharing her journey, skills, and motivation with
others as an educator. Her work continues to teach us about the value of accepting your individuality
and allowing your distinct style of creativity to flourish.


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Your time with kecia includes:


We will begin by creating our own fabric; the inception of finding our voice – unique to you. You can choose to make your story about Italy and its surroundings, or simply by recreating your own narrative; it’s up to you! We will continue the process in a series of easy building techniques to enjoy our finalized imagined creation.

These creations can metaphoric and often represent how we view ourselves in all aspects: emotional, psychological, environmental, and spiritual. We make these for ourselves. Kecia connects to textiles and those associations are usually based on memories (such as collecting interesting fabric while she’s traveling). She believes her creations are the apex of many aspects of her artistic life.

Handstitching is how we bring dimension to our fabric. And those unique marks become part of the story of the piece you are creating. In this venture, it is important to note that you do not need any skill level to handstitch. Kecia will teach you everything you need to know and in her words, she tries to keep things very simple and manageable. We will be creating in an imperfect manner, without judgment. Uniqueness and peculiarity encouraged!



Tour Details

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Saturday to Friday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including dinner
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting including dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Three additional lunches
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are check, Visa and Mastercard.

* HOLD MY SPOT: A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange your additional payment schedule.

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