Monday, 10 March 2008

The Crafters' Way 42 - retreats, Forums & Conventions

Every week I write a craft column for a local paper. I share it here with bloggers.

Retreats, Forums and Conventions

We all know the benefit of crafting with a group of friends; the many guilds, clubs and informal craft groups attest to that. How many of us have expanded our horizons by attending a Craft Retreat, Forum or Convention? These events offer us an opportunity to learn something new, make new friends and have a holiday at the same time. An experienced participant will tell you to plan and book early so as not to miss out on your favourite activity. With that in mind I have some information for 3 events planned for this year.

The first Forum is the furthest away. Not just by the calendar but also by miles. Always wanted an excuse to visit Western Australia? I’ve got the answer. Fibres West is run over 5 days from October 5 – 11 2008. Workshops will run for 5 days with a limit of 12 people per class. This is a terrific ratio for learning new techniques. Tutors include Shirley Treasure (the weaver from last weeks article) and Jacinta Leishman. Visit their website for further information.

Wrapt In Rocky is being held in Rockhampton from 29th June – 5th July 2008. In addition to the workshop component this forum will also host an number of associated exhibitions and installation at venues throughout Rockhampton and Yeppoon. Enrollments are now open. You can contact the Coordinator, Nanette Balchin on

The last convention is right here in Brisbane. Every year Koala Conventions comes to town. This year it runs from 5th – 13th July 2008. It is held at the Brisbane Girls Grammar School which offers excellent accommodation should you decide to live in for the week. The course fees include professional tuition, lunch as well as morning & afternoon teas, evening presentations and mini workshops. The organizers of this event know how to put on a great convention. Their website is exceptional. In addition to the usual information they have included extensive information and photos on each project. This alone is worth a look. The convention also includes open days on the first and last Sundays of the event. I WILL remind you of the dates. Visit their website for more information

Image: supplied by Koala Conventions. Golden Peony by Alison Cole

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