West County Fiber Arts School is the embodiment of my long held vision to create a welcoming environment in which to hold fiber-related classes and share creative experiences with other like-minded artists and those interested in learning about fiber arts. The School is walking distance from Graton on a one-acre property with fruit trees, chickens and our beautiful golden retriever and, but for the occasional Graton Fire Department siren, is serene and welcoming.
As a artist, I create wall hangings, yoga mats, rugs, placemats and other functional and display art in my studio. The idea of a school came to me after I started opening my studio every Tuesday to invite others to use my various felting and fiber machines and to discuss “fiber topics.” We had fun while learning and sharing the creative process and each other’s company.
After sharing my vision with Dustin Kahn—whose organizational and graphic design skills helped to propel and support Fibershed for several years—she happily agreed to partner with me to bring this vision to fruition. Dustin’s creative spirit, knowledge of our local fiber artists and organizational and web-based skills have been, and continue to be, invaluable in making this school possible.
Our vision is to create a learning environment that supports the finest teachers in their respective craft and provides a conducive space for each student to open herself/himself to learning and the creative process.
— Heidi Harris