Textile Forum South West: The Development of a Regional Textile Networking Organisation
In 2003 a small group of textile lecturers, curators, ACESW crafts officer and textile practitioners began the development of Textile Forum South West (TFSW), sharing a common vision of raising the profile of textiles in the region through collaborative work. This particularly involved textile lecturers stepping beyond their work within regional education institutions and embracing a broader textile audience in critical debate, dialogue and practical action around contemporary textile issues. Textile Forum South West established to promote and develop textiles in all its forms for the cultural, educational and economic benefit of the region, generating debate, events, research and partnerships that would enable the development and growth of textile culture in the southwest.
Keywords: Textile, Communities, Networking, Practice, Education, Outreach, Development, Communication
Lecturer in Textiles, Coordinator, Textile Forum South West., University of Mancehster