The 2019 festival is complete and we are now working on a 2020 event!
We have an amazing amount of workshops on offer at each festival that you get to select from and you can choose any four you would like to attend during the weekend. We are very privileged to have some of Australia and NZ's best fibre artists join us, you can meet who came along this year below.
We look forward to sharing our new facilitator list with you in the new year, but here's who joined us in 2019:
Abi is a textile artist, botanical alchemist and designer who harnesses pigment and pattern from nature. After 7 years in London working in the fashion and art industries she now facilitates workshops along Australia's east coast. Abi believes that engaging and immersive environments are the portal to creation, connection and community.
Anaheke is a fibre and sculpture artist based in SE QLD / NNSW. She is passionate about maintaining the ancestral knowledge of the rhythms, patterns and cycles of our natural world. She is a proud Maori woman, a weaver, and a mentor offering basket weaving as a creative practice for personal and social change.
Aly de Groot
Aly de Groot is an award winning contemporary fibre artist from Northern Australia who takes the tradition of basket-making into exciting new places. She uses found marine debris, including fishing line and nets to produce ethereal woven sculpture and objects to weave the tragic tale of sea life in the plastic age. Her woven forms have been immortalised in bronze as a series of monumental public sculptures in her hometown, Darwin.
With Mother Earth and nature spirits as her muse, Arzu’s needle-felted sculptures explore themes of connection and belonging. Her enthusiasm for sculpting with wool is infectious and those she teaches find her process-led approach meditative. Arzu holds workshops in her Sunshine Coast studio helping participants to uncover authentic creative expression.
Ceri Muter intriguingly knits using only her arms, her arms are her knitting needles. A diverse creative maker, Ceri is inspired by mindful making, sensory experiences and nurturing the creative potential within all of us. Arm knitting for 6 years Ceri has taught throughout NSW, QLD and seen on BHG.
Carmen has been working with threads for many years as a micromacrame artist, self taught with the yearning soulful passion to create. Working with 1mm & 0.5mm threads to knot for hours she brings life to intentional pieces of wearable art incorporating gemstones, beads, wood, sacred geometry, numerology & meditation practices into her designs.
Ellie is a textile artist, working in an instinctual manner, allowing curiosity & play to guide her. She explores natural dye, hand stitching, loom weaving & more, wherever the quiet muse takes her. She likes to help people tap into their innate creativity, learning to listen to the whisper of their heart.
Corabelle is a New Zealand artist with a specialty in weaving with Harakeke. After discovering weaving 5 years ago it has inspired her to find connection with her whakapapa and connect with her culture. Corabelle has a love of traditional Maori weaving adding a modern touch to create something incredible.
Fi Flohr is an Australian designer based in Mackay, Queensland. Her passion is the fibre arts, creating bespoke woven wall hangings, macramé wall art and pot hangers. Fi loves sharing her knowledge and skills through teaching workshops and enabling others to connect with each other and to their own creativity.
Gemma is a fibre obsessed maker from Mullumbimby. Using a frame tapestry loom, she creates woven wall hangings using natural fibres- wool, silk & cotton- and finds inspiration from her surroundings. Weaving plays an integral role in Gemma's life, as a creative outlet and a way to bring mindfulness into her life.
A creative, country mother, fibre art is Harriet's full-time gig. Foraging and weaving as meditation has turned into a 3-bay shed full of materials and very calloused hands. She has traded, exhibited and talked basketry for fourteen years and it has gifted her travel and relationships with global weaving communities.
Jess Forster is an emerging felt artist from Regional NSW. She creates felt tapestries and sculpture from locally sourced fibres and foraged natural objects. Jess’ current body of work explores the unique landscapes and waterways of rural Australia. Her work is characterised by cocoon-like pods and spiralling wet-felted layers.
New Zealander Juliet Arnott is known for using resourceful craft to address waste & wellbeing. Her work as craft practitioner & occupational therapist lead her to establish Rekindle, an arts organisation that enables resourceful craft & celebrates how essential it is to create what we need from what we have.
Melaine has been weaving ever since she was a teenager. She has explored various types of weaving and loves weaving things that are practical and useful from plants that she collects herself. She also loves the whole process and connection between human and plants and the awareness that goes with it.
Ron & Cathie Twaddle
Ron and Cathie Twaddle are local wicker workers and for the last 40 years they have worked professionally making and repairing classic cane furniture and baskets and running workshops. We take pleasure in using traditional materials and methods to make contemporary baskets, experimenting with colour, texture and form.
Samantha loves working with string. Designing and creating is her favourite thing to do and she enjoys sharing her craft with others through workshops. Sam loves making blankets mostly and creates items that are both beautiful and functional with a mindful emphasis on the environmental impact of the materials used.
Sue is a Botanical Dyer and Fibre Artist. She is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of colour, fibres, texture and the seemingly magical powers of nature. Sue is an experienced facilitator who presented at last year's Fibre Arts Festival. Her home dye garden and botanical dyeing skill have been featured in the Gardening Australia magazine.
Trudi Nisbet is a textile and fibre artist with a passion for creating stunning contemporary art with a deep connection to the traditional arts and crafts. Trudi’s philosophy “there are no mistakes, only design elements” makes for a very relaxed and flexible learning environment, allowing your creativity to overflow.
Vicki Cornish is a Newcastle based fibre artist with a particular interest in historical tools and techniques. Vicki hand spun her first fleece over 30 years ago. Working in the areas of spinning, weaving and stitching, she loves to share her passion for incorporating old skills into a contemporary practice.
Victoria is an artist and natural plant dyer for textile design and fashion. She creates designs that reflect our connection to Earth, our relationships to culture, and the impact we have on world around us. Victoria is dedicated to inspiring others to live from their creative self-expression and personal freedom, while focusing on preservation and sustainable practices of the environment.
Morehu Flutey - Henare
Reihana Parata (QSM), and Morehu Flutey-Henare are two extraordinarily gifted and humble Ngāi Tahu wahine, with a shared passion and a long-standing creative partnership. Tohunga in the practice of weaving, they have dedicated their lives to keeping the tradition alive through their huge body of work and passing on their knowledge to others. Using the traditional techniques passed down through the generations coupled with the inspiration for patterns they find in nature and their own artistic interpretation, their distinctive work is highly sought after.