1995 Textile Artists TEXO organised an international workshop and exhibition for professional fibre artists around the world. Northern Fibre I was a nine day symposium focusing on environmental issues: the main theme was recycling and environmental thinking in all aspects of artistical concepts and techniques in fibre arts. The results of the workshop as well as some previous works of participants were shown in an exhibition at Voipaala Art Centre. TEXO received over 60 applications from 28 countries of which the jury selected 23 artists presenting 19 countries. The artistical leader of the workshop was professor Barbara Shawcroft from UCLA, St Davis University, USA. She has done large installations in public premises since 1960's and taught environmental art as well as participated actively in exhibitions.
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