Creative Fibre Festival 2017 themed ‘Entwine’ has been a great success and truly lived up to its reputation of being the ‘great annual gathering of spinners, weavers and woolcrafters’. Members came from far and wide to take part in classes, lectures, trades, tours, displays, national exhibition, and fashion parades, meet up with old friends or make new ones, and enjoy three fabulous days of fibre indulgence.

2017 Awards and Scholarships
Congratulations to our exhibition and fashion parade award winners. Visit the gallery to view their stunning creations.

We congratulate Sabin Imasly, Wellington, winner of the Mason Charitable Trust Scholarship, and Heather Knowles, Canterbury, winner of the New Weavers Award.

Fashion Group Challenge – Modern Medieval
An exciting and fun event at this year’s festival was the inaugural ‘Fashion Group Runway Challenge’, a 12-month project that began in April 2016 at the Creative Fibre Festival in Auckland. The challenge was based on the popular TV series ‘Project Runway’ combined with Slow Fashion Movement concepts that focus on locally sourced materials and the use of traditional skills. All Creative Fibre groups were invited to form teams to design and create a modern medieval outfit for one of their team members to model at the Creative Fibre Festival in April 2017 – the winning team to choose a workshop provided by a Creative Fibre tutor to the value of $1000.

Teams could comprise any number of Creative Fibre members and use any fibre and technique to create a garment. They had to keep a journal charting the process and progress of their project and regular updates in the form of written reports, photos and videos were sent to Fashion Liaison every two months.

Twenty-one groups entered and the garments were judged by a selection panel at the 2017 festival on style and suitability of garment, design process, techniques used, quality and fit of garment, and journals.

Congratulations to the winning group, Kaipatiki Spinners and Weavers, Auckland, for their stunning entry ‘Emergence’.