Workshops and Events


This year WAFTA have again been offered the fabulous opportunity of residing at The Shopfront at the North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge.  We put the call out to all WAFTA members for an Artist in Residence opportunity for two weeks from June 18-30 2018.  We are pleased to announce that Jenni Abbott, Liz Arnold and Marie Mitchell will be focusing on developing wearable art these including body adornment and experimenting with new techniques for garments.  There will be artists talks on June 21 and 28 12-1pm with lunch.

This has been hugely successful over the past two years since starting up the AiR experience, and has been a fabulous opportunity for artists to grow in their practice.

June 19 – WAFTA Talk : Gail Hawes : China

Gail Hawes will be our speaker at the Members’ Meeting on June 19 2018.  Gail leads textile tours to China and will be talking to us about her latest visit and her Chinese textile collection – it’s amazing!  She will take us on a journey through the festivals, costumers and textiles of the mountainous region of Guizhou in Western China.  She will be joined by other WAFTA members who travelled with her recently.  Come and share Gail’s passion, see the treasures they found and chat with them over supper.  7-9pm, supper included, Members $5, Public $10.

Workshop July 14/15: Expanding the Surface: Martien van Zuilen

July 17 : WAFTA Talk :  Fibres West 2019 and Tania Spencer

The July meeting will feature the launch of Fibres West 2019 by Martien van Zuilen, and a talk by artist Tania Spencer.  Fibres West is a retreat style workshop event that takes place over 5 days every 2 years at Muresk Institue Northam.  Fibres West is hosting ten inspiring workshops with nation and international textile and fibre art tutors.  You will have the chance to secure the workshop of your choice at the launch.  Let us know you are coming – we will post a sign up page here – so we can provide enough seating and supper!  There will also be a raffle prize at the launch for which the prize is a $100 discount off the Fibres West enrolment fees. (Image: Fibres West Inc., Amanda McCavour, Canada 2017)

Coming Up

Aukje Boonstra, renowned textile artist from Tasmania, will be vision Metro Perth and Country WA in September and October 2018 to deliver workshops that co-inicde with our touring exhibition, Altered States.   The dates for Found Collect Dye and Stitch will be:

  • September 15-17 in Northcliffe
  • September 21-23 in Williams
  • September 29-October 1 in North Beach

We will be launching ticket sales in August… watch this space!

Who we are

The Western Australian Fibre and Textile Association (WAFTA) was founded in 1995 and is a dynamic and progressive group with passion, enthusiasm and talent that reflects the growing interest and appreciation of textile and fibre art within the community.

WAFTA’s members include both established and emerging artists who between them employ a diverse range and combination of fibre and textile processes incorporating combinations of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques. There is also an increasing crossover of textiles and other mediums, with glass, digital print, digital projection, ceramics, metal and the natural environment – to name but a few.

WAFTA’s objectives include increasing the understanding of the potential of fibre and textiles through exhibition, whilst encouraging the highest standard of design and craftsmanship.

What our members say

“Love the friendly vibe, website & Facebook updates.  Great workshops being offered.. too.”  Caitlin Stewart, WAFTA Member

“WAFTA is an excellent and always improving organization, striving for inclusiveness and professionalism” Peggy Lyon, WAFTA Member

“You all seem to be improving the WAFTA membership experience… :)” Liz Arnold, WAFTA member