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FIBRES WEST 2019 offers a fully residential fibre art workshop event over five days (6 nights). The program consists of ten workshops with outstanding national and international tutors. Participants enrol in one 5-day workshop of their choice while enjoying the experience of spending extended time among like-minded 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 7 is Arrival Day at Fibres West 2019. Most people are able to arrive between 1pm and 4pm, the preferred arrival time, and after checking in at registration will be guided to their accommodation, leaving time to find classrooms and visit traders. Participants meet with their tutor from 4:30-5:30pm for informal introductions and to get the classroom set up (this is a non-teaching time). Dinner on Sunday evening is the first meal served as part of your enrolment. A special celebration dinner will be held on Friday July 12 for all Fibres West tutors and participants. Departure is on Saturday morning, July 13, breakfast on Saturday is the final meal of Fibres West 2019.


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, 2019.

See our enrolment page for full details about our Refund and Cancellation Policy.


Generally, workshops are limited to 12 participants. Most workshops have a materials fee; payable to the tutor on the first day of class. You will be advised of workshop requirements in early April 2019, upon receipt of full enrolment fees.

Class times are from 9am – 4:30pm Monday- Friday with an hour off for lunch; except for a free afternoon on Wednesday July 10 for independent work. Workshop areas are open from 7.30am – 9pm daily.


Specialist textile traders at Fibres West 2019 will provide an opportunity to

purchase or order textile supplies! Traders will be open on arrival day, Sunday July 7 (the day before classes commence) from 1 pm – 6 pm, and on Monday to Wednesday (trading times TBC).


Fibres West 2019 will again host an Artist in Residence for the entire week and we are delighted that WA sculptor and fibre artist Tania Spencer will join us in this role; her fibre sculptures and art works are of international renown and simply inspirational.

Tania Spencer’s art process combines the textile techniques of knit, crochet, embroidery or weaving with rural, industrial or recycled materials. Her works often take the form of large scale knitted installations from fencing wire or embroideries of heavy wire onto metal canvases. Hand bending each wire stitch her tools are found in the shed, not the sewing box. Usually consisting of bolt cutters, drills, welders, jigs, pliers and a wire spinning ginny. Her art fuses her rural and domestic heritage and gives an alternative insight into domestic textiles. Tania’s work contributes to the conversation on the archival qualities of textiles and values the handmade nature of these textiles. More recently her work has shifted to include softer textile interventions in the public domain. Created with brightly coloured surveyors tape, these new installations are markers on the landscape, signifiers of change and places of activity. Tania is based in Lake Grace Western Australia, has a BA(Art) from Curtin University.

She has had 4 solo shows and has exhibited numerous times in Sculpture by the Sea (Cottesloe and Bondi). Her work is held in public and private collections; her public artworks can be seen in Albany, Lake Grace, Melville, and the Northcliffe Sculpture Walk-Understory.


Tutors and students will have the opportunity to sell their own work at Fibres West. (Only handmade products to be sold, or publications of your own work, ie. books, DVDs). The cost of a Bazaar table is $25.00 (non-refundable). You can book a table using the Enrolment Form. This is 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 COMPREHENSIVE NEWSLETTER will be sent (by email) to all participants approximately six weeks prior to the start of Fibres West 2019. 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.  You can also check this website for updates and latest news at any time.

Everyone is welcome at Fibres West 2019! If you are keen to advance your creative endeavours 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. 


The current Fibres West Inc. committee is as follows:

Martien van Zuilen   |   Convenor
Marilyn Clark-Murphy |   Treasurer                                                                  Sue Stoney |   Minutes Secretary
Jan Arnold  |   General committee member
Jan Campbell  |   General committee member
Meagan Howe |   General committee member

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