Fibres West 2019

A fun week away with the girls might have you thinking of cocktails by the pool, beauty treatments and a bit of shopping, all on a luxuriously warm tropical island.

Weather more suitable for boots and warm coats was equally delightful for 130+ women at Muresk Agricultural College last week for the 2019 Fibres West retreat. Ten inspiring Australian and International textile tutors, traders selling their wares, students and tutors art bazaar, a massive garage sale, mini artwork gallery (15 x 15cm), exhibitions, tutor talks, an artist in residence, and a chance to catch up with old friends and develop new friendships. This year the theme was Bollywood. Party night saw everyone dressing up and dancing.

I’ve been twice before and loved it, this year I was one of four assistants in a fabulous team working to set up, dismantle and generally helping with the running of the event. There’s a committee that works for 18 months to bring this event together, we simply helped out during the week.

Here’s a few of the highlights. The mega garage sale!A wonderful talk about lace by Valerie Cavill complementing an exquisite display of embroidery from the Embroiderers Guild of WA 

Woven Stories Tindale Designs

Silk Kimonos and fabrics by Ruth SilvesterInstallation Artist, Tania Spencer’s “Muresk Mahal”Misty Mornings15 x 15 LaunchThe awesome foursome assistants – Lesley Warren, Annette Hondros, Louise Wells and Susan Sheath.


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