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Trish Graham, Michelle Sirois-Silver and Bettina Matzkuhn

Trish Graham, Michelle Sirois-Silver and Bettina Matzkuhn

In celebration of Craft Year 2015 the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Art presents a conference looking to the land, re-using materials and adapting technologies to serve the innovative and creative spirit that working in textiles has always represented. In the lead up to the Textile Intersections: Sustainability and Technology Conference, we asked Katherine McManus from the VGFA about the choice of theme, what to expect and the number one thing attendees will be able to take away from the conference!

How did the theme of Sustainability and Technology come about? 

The committee decided that it was a theme that resonated with textile artists and makers.  Textile innovations have been driven by the latest technology – whether it was the linen mills in England or Veronika Irvine’s algorithms for making lace.  As well, textile fashion, or the simple bedcover (quilt) is also often fulfilling the need for something new made (often out of necessity) from something old.

What do you hope attendees will take away from the conference?

Inspiration.  We hope that whatever a person’s interest is in textile art and craft, the conference presentations and demonstrations will inspire her to go home and look at her ‘stash’ with a renewed sense of what can be done with it.  Also, we hope people find each other.  The benefit of so many different interests in textiles – from tapestry to surface design – coming together in one place is that people’s personal innovative ‘lightbulbs’ go off.  They talk to others and discover a new interest for themselves.

To someone who has never attended an event like this what can they expect?

A lot of new ideas – and talk – and sharing.

Why is this conference not to be missed for textile artists and crafters?

It is a rare opportunity to be immersed in a variety of textile techniques and practices over a short two-day period.

Sounds like a not to be missed event! If you have any questions email

When:           September 26 and 27, 2015
Granville Island Hotel, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

Click here for more information and to register to attend the Conference!