A week of indulgence – no cooking, no cleaning, no washing, no taxi service…what bliss!Fibres West is a week-long live in retreat, this year, held at Muresk Institute just over 100km from Perth, Western Australia.Ten Australian and international tutors ran week long classes in their various fibre art disciplines. I jumped at the chance to be part of Vicki Mason‘s workshop Jewellery:Alternative Materials – Revaluing the Ubiquitous.
We spent the week playing with PVC sheet, Vinyl tube and sheet, Acrylic sheet, telephone wire, learning joining techniques and having FUN!I had lots of aha moments thanks to Vicki’s clear and simple explanations and demonstrations of the various tools and techniques used in the class. I now have a broader range of options to draw from for my own work. Especially Wearable Art!
These simple looking acrylic bangles represent to me finally feeling comfortable using a jewellers saw.
Vinyl sheeting carved with a lino cutting tool and dyed.The classes were only part of the program. Throughout the week each of the tutors presented inspiring lectures of their own work along with Fiona Gavino the installation artist, who transformed the grounds with stunning works.There was an opportunity to stock up on textile supplies at the Traders Corner and the massive garage sale of donated goodies. Beautiful handmade artwork by tutors and students was for sale at the Bizarre Bazaar. The following night bargain priced artworks were snapped up at the 15 x 15 Creative Challenge fundraiser.The wonderful Barb Thoms (Arts Festival Officer for City of Mandurah) brought Common Threads Wearable Art to Fibres West. Selected entries were exhibited throughout the week, artist talks were presented and many of the garments were paraded on the the final night.
L-R Philomena Hali , Val Hornibrook 2013
L – R Val Hornibrook 2015, Jennie Abbott, Val Hornibrook 2014
New friendships were made, faces were put to names and work that I am familiar with. Chatting with artists I admire, the developing and continuing of friendships with women I adore…what a great way to spend a week. None of this is possible without the extraordinary efforts over the past few years (and ALL week) of Martien van Zuilen and her committee to put this event together. Thank you all for giving your time and energy to this outstanding event…where is the sign up button for the next one?