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

 

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Due to a cancellation we have two spots left for Saturday June 3rd. Kick off the long weekend in style with a textile art workshop! WAFTA membership is required, experience in 3D textiles and armatures isn't!
If you did the first 3D workshop there's nothing to stop you coming back for a second bite and taking advantage of Katrina's wealth of knowledge. Same content, different experience, even more practice!

3D Textiles 2 : Katrina VirgonaJune 3, 2017, 9:00amAlexander Park Craft HouseDue to a cancellation we have two spots left for Saturday June 3rd. Kick off the long weekend in style with a textile art workshop! WAFTA membership is required, experience in 3D textiles and armatures isn't!
If you did the first 3D workshop there's nothing to stop you coming back for a second bite and taking advantage of Katrina's wealth of knowledge. Same content, different experience, even more practice!

3D Textiles #2
(Or what the heck do I do with an armature?!)
Have fun exploring ways of working in 3D with textiles stitched over wire or plastic armatures.
We’ll start with a brainstorming session to develop concepts and designs for personal projects or for upcoming exhibitions.
After we’ve manipulated wire into your desired shape, we’ll wrap it with fabrics and then add functional and decorative stitch to really bring it to life.
Bring along bric-a-brac if you wish to attach with binding and couching methods. Basic hand stitching experience required.
This workshop will present new approaches to add to your repertoire and it will facilitate visual expression of your ideas through textiles.
About Katrina:
Katrina Virgona is originally from North Queensland but has also lived in Fiji and northern NSW. She settled in Perth in 1984 after working in various locations around Australia. Currently Katrina teaches art theory in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University. She also conducts textile art workshops.
In her studio practice, Katrina creates 3D artworks and contemporary textile jewellery pieces, drawing on a diverse range of materials including wool, wire, wood, metal, fur and human hair. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. For more images see: katrinavirgona.com/

Series of pendants. 2010-2015. Fabric, felt & found objects. Each piece average: H10xW5xD1cm. Photograph: Ben Joel.
Class Requirements List: will be available after close of ticket sales.
Suitable for: Beginners and beyond.
Materials Fee: $10 payable on the day for a small kit of materials.
BYO: Lunch – endless tea and coffee provided.
Frequently Asked Questions:
#1 Do I have to be a WAFTA member to attend this workshop?
Yes. All WAFTA workshops are for WAFTA members only unless otherwise stated. If you would like to attend this workshop please complete a membership application and payment - Membership is $50 (conc.$40) per financial year payable by PayPal. Once we have confirmed receipt of your payment you will be eligible to book a place on a WAFTA workshop.
#2 Do you have a waiting list if this workshop is fully booked?
Yes, if the workshop is full up please do register your name on our waiting list through Eventbrite. Should a participant be unable to attend, due to unforseen circumstances, this will enable us to release their ticket to the first available person on the waiting list. An email notification will be sent to you via Eventbrite with instructions on completing your transaction. You will need to have a confirmed WAFTA membership to be eligible.
#3 What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is plenty of street parking near Lesser Hall in View Street, North Perth. - Google maps offers driving and public transport directions, or visit Transperth to plan your journey.
#4 How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email events@wafta.com.au with any query you may have regarding this event. For all other enquiries please contact info@wafta.com.au.
#5 What's the refund policy?
Please consider your participation in this workshop carefully. We can only offer a refund if it is possible to find another WAFTA member to take your place. Tickets are not transferable by the purchaser. Please contact events@waftacom.au in the event you are unable to attend and we will do our best to find a replacement from our waiting lists or the wider membership. WAFTA workshops are strictly for WAFTA members unless otherwise stated. If you are not currently a WAFTA member we would love you to join us - hop along to our membership page to enrol.
Event Logo Image credit -The Psychonaut. 2015. Fabric, thread, wire, human hair on wire armature. H22cm xW15cm xD3cm. Photograph: Ben Joel.
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3D Textiles 2 : Katrina Virgona

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We have one place that has become available on Sunday for any WAFTA member. Be quick as it's sure to be snapped up fast! 😁💖www.katrinav.eventbrite.com.au

3D Textiles with ArmaturesMay 14, 2017, 9:00amLesser Hall, View Street, North Perth, 6006.The workshops will explore ways of working in 3D with
textile stitched over wire or plastic armature.
From brainstorming to develop concepts and designs onto
making.
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3D Textiles with Armatures

2 weeks ago

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Ruth Halbert is one of WAFTAs regional members! 😎😁

Dear Prime Minister - an event of Denmark Festival of VoiceJune 3, 2017, 10:00amButter Factory StudiosIn “Dear Prime Minister” volunteers will read protest letters as an act of witness. The letters denounce Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers and include writing, poetry and artworks by refugees. Since July 2016 Ruth Halbert has been mailing them daily to the Prime Minister and will continue until she has written one for every man, woman and child in offshore detention. The contents of the letters are published at www.ruthhalbert.com.au/dear-prime-minister. In “Dear Prime Minister” the refugees’ voices of protest are re-expressed via handwritten letters and through the act of reading aloud.
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Dear Prime Minister - an event of Denmark Festival of Voice

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Dear Ruth Halbert I really appreciate your efforts. U are doing a great job. God bless u dear ❤ ❤ ❤ Love from manus 😍 😍 😍

I'm looking forward to reading some Ruth 😚

Thank you for supported refugees.

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