Fibre Artist & Curator Interviews

Since the series was launched, Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate have been interviewing local, national or international fibre artists. We have published 135 artist interviews and 5 Curator Interviews to date. Join us as we create a comprehensive archive of some of the most exciting fibre artists in the world. People have subscribed from 86 countries. Subscribe here...


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Announcing Festival 2023!

After a long hiatus because of COVID, we’re thrilled that we’ll be having a World of Threads Festival this year.

Festival opens:

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Festival Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Last day of Festival:

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Next Call for Submissions:

April 2023

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World of Threads Festival

After a long hiatus because of Covid, The World of Threads Festival is booked for Fall of 2023 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. We are really excited to have our next Call for Submissions in Spring 2023. We look forward to seeing all the new work you've been making since our last Festival in 2018.

The festival is one of the most vibrant fibre arts festivals in the world. We showcase contemporary fibre and textile art in all forms. Our last Festival featured 303 artworks by 65 artists from Canada, Denmark, England, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Russia and USA. The Festival was a huge success with attendance over 60,000 who came out to see the show.

The festival is not-for-profit organization with charitable status. It's focused around Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and organized and curated by Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate. Learn more...

Synchronistic Curating:

Something that's different about World of Threads is that we let the art guide us. Festival Curators Gareth Bate and Dawne Rudman don't have predetermined curatorial ideas or impose their concepts on the artists. Each new festival is a blank slate. Shows develop entirely out of the submissions received. To find our main exhibitions, we look for connections and common themes between thousands of artworks.

These works having been made by hundreds of artists from around the world. Often artists seem to be on the same wavelength during a particular period.Over time, through many hours of sorting through artworks, the exhibitions themes just emerge and become clear to us. All artworks are made within the last two years before the show. This method has been very successful and has resulted in compelling and unique exhibitions.


2016 Community Spirit Arts Award:
Dawne Rudman

Recognizing an individual that through their volunteerism has made an invaluable contribution to the Oakville community and contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts.


2015 Community Impact Arts Award:
Dawne Rudman and Gareth Bate

Recipients for bringing global attention to Oakville and elevating the fibre/textile art form around the world.