FIBRES WEST 2017 offers a fully residential program over five days (6 nights). The program consists of ten workshops with tutors who are leaders in their respective fields and whose work and skills are set to inspire. Participants get the opportunity to spend 5 days immersed in a unique workshop of their choice while enjoying the ambience of spending extended time among fellow participants. The program also includes slide presentations, evening activities, a trade hall, bazaar, on-site textile art installations and displays. It is a week-long creative vibe in every way!


Sunday July 2 is Arrival Day at Fibres West 2017. Tutors meet with their students from 4:30-5:30pm to get the classroom set up and for introductions. This is a non-teaching time. Most people are able to arrive between 1pm and 4pm, the preferred arrival time on Sunday, and will be guided to their accommodation areas, leaving time to find classrooms and visit traders. Dinner on Sunday evening is the first meal served as part of your enrolment. A celebration dinner and final evening will be held on Friday July 7 for all Fibres West tutors and participants. Departure is on Saturday morning, July 8 (breakfast on Saturday is the final meal of Fibres West 2017).  Teaching is from 9am – 4:30pm Monday- Friday with an hour off for lunch except for a free afternoon on Wednesday July 5 for independent work. Workshop areas are open from 7.30am – 9pm daily.


Generally, workshops are limited to 12 participants. Most workshops have a materials fee, payable to the tutor on the first day. You will be advised of workshop requirements upon receipt of your enrolment fee. Workshops are filled on a first-come first-served basis on receipt of the enrolment form and the minimum payment of a deposit. Any waiting lists for workshops are also applied on this basis. If a place becomes available in your first workshop choice, you will be moved into it. If your preferred workshop is full or cancelled, you will be offered a place in your second preference workshop, another workshop or a full refund. The organisers reserve the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum number of students is not reached by May 1 2017.


Fibres West 2017 will include an on-site Installation Artist for the entire week and we are delighted that WA fibre artist Mikaela Castledine will join us in this role; her fibre sculptures and art works are of international renown and simply inspirational. Mikaela Castledine is an artist and a writer, born in the Western Australian wheat belt, living in the Perth Hills with a B.Sc. in Applied Science and a MA in Writing and Literature. She has worked as an artist for more than twenty-five years, participated in many solo and groups shows and won numerous awards including the Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2013 Scholarship and 2016 Sculpture Inside prize. Her creative impulse is to make things out of anything that comes to hand; paper, thread, wire, wood or words.

WEARABLE ART MANDURAH comes to Fibres West!

WEARABLE ART MANDURAH is Bold. Evocative. Experimental. The annual event encourages new ways of viewing the world through thought-provoking works of art for the body. The Showcase event at the Performing Arts Centre in Mandurah on June 10 and 11 will be presenting the finest wearable art from around the globe through a highly entertaining stage performance. The full-length production promises to delight audiences, incorporating a sense of play, musicality and theatricality, while presenting spectacular wearable art. Tickets for the Showcase event on June 10 & 11 are on sale now: http://www.manpac.com.au/show/wearable-art-mandurah-showcase/ Group bookings are available.
At Fibres West 2017, selected entries of WAM 2017 will be exhibited, allowing all participants to view the garments up-close and speak directly with some of the makers/designers who themselves are attending Fibres West. And at the final night celebration party, many of the exhibited garments will also be paraded – definitely a must-see!


Specialist textile traders at Fibres West 2017 will provide an opportunity to purchase or order textile supplies! Traders will be open on arrival day, Sunday July 2 (the day before classes commence) from 1 pm – 6 pm, and on Monday to Wednesday (trading times TBC).


Tutors and students will have the opportunity to sell their own work to Fibres West participants (Only handmade products to be sold, or publications of your own work, ie. books, DVDs). The cost of a Bazaar table is $20.00 (non-refundable). You can book a table using the Enrolment Form, or contact us at a later time. Participation in the Bazaar offers a great opportunity to market your work to those who appreciate handcrafted fibre/textile pieces, and would like to add to their collections or purchase gifts for others (think Christmas in July!)


A celebration dinner and party will be held on Friday July 7 for all Fibres West tutors and participants.


will be sent (by email) to participants approximately six weeks prior to the start of Fibres West 2017. This outlines further program details, and includes a timetable, venue map, details regarding travel, and other essential information. We also send out E-newsletters on a regular basis to all who have enrolled and you can always check this website for updates and latest news. Everyone is welcome at Fibres West 2017! If you are keen to advance your creative practice in a supportive environment while spending extended time in the company of your fellow participants in a fully residential setting, Fibres West is for you.


FIBRES WEST 2017 is a not-for- profit event hosted by Fibres West Inc. The current Fibres
West committee is as follows:

Martien van Zuilen   |   Convenor
Jan Campbell  |   Minutes Secretary
Marilyn Clark-Murphy  |   Treasurer
Jan Arnold  |   General committee member
Judy Campbell  |   General committee member
Cherry Johnston  |   General committee member
Joy Nichols  |    General committee member
Jaslyn Pearce  |   General committee member

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