Honoring textile traditions ~ Connecting community through making
Promoting awareness of the massive impact of the textile industry on the planet.
We need You!
Your donations during this critical time support Textiles West's
mission to create positive change in our communities and the planet.
Due to the COVID-19 virus our studio and makerspace are closed and our classes cancelled through April 11, 2020
Unfortunately, our operating expenses don't go away. We need your support to get through this crisis.
Donate ~ Become a Member ~ Volunteer
Donate today~ Every dollar counts
Your donations drive change to create inspired
and connected communities
while providing a cleaner planet for everyone
Now is the time to become a Textiles West member to support our operations, outreach programming and team members.
In addition to discount pricing on all our classes you are invited to exclusive member only events!
We work hard and we have a ton of fun!
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Why is it important to keep textile art skills and traditions alive?
Textile arts are basic life skills and can be a lifelong hobby and creative outlet. Textile art skills such as sewing, mending, weaving, knitting and so many more are basic life skills that are not being taught in schools or at home. We know that these skills are an important part of STEAM education, teaching math, 3-dimensional and creative thinking as well as chemistry and environmental awareness. .
Throughout history the practice of making and crafting, especially around textiles, has brought community together. We believe that a community that participates in creative making, especially in collaboration, is more united, vibrant, cohesive and tolerant community. Through making we find our differences are small compared to our similarities and passions.
What is the big deal about textile sustainability?
The textile industry is widely considered the second largest polluting industry on the planet. We are surrounded by textiles every moment of our lives but we rarely give a thought to their impact on the earth, the workers who create them or where they go when we discard them. The lack of education in textile arts techniques and processes combined with cheap materials and labor has created a throwaway society that doesn’t understand the cost of their actions.\
How we drive change
Textiles West provides experiential learning opportunities (events and classes) for teens and adults to inspire change at a grassroots level. We teach simple ways to reduce the toxic textile footprint in each of our lives. By providing access to skills and tools in our classroom and makerspace, we encourage action to create more eco-conscious lifestyles.
"If you understand how to make a tee shirt you know that being able to purchase a $5 is not OK. The planet and people are suffering for it."