We are honored to host these talented instructors for workshops at West County Fiber Arts. 


Alissa Allen

Alissa Allen

Alissa is an amateur mycologist who specializes in presenting regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to communities all over the country. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 12 … Read More

Ashley Eva Brock teaching indigo dye, photo by Paige Green

Ashley Eva Brock

Ashley is a dyer, clothing/costume designer, and fiber artist living in Bolinas CA. She has worked as a dyer for the San Francisco Opera, has done costume design and fabrication for music videos, performance, and film, and sells limited edition … Read More

Babs Behan

Babs Behan

Babs Behan is the founder of Botanical Inks an artisan natural dye studio based in Bristol, England. Her work ranges from natural dyeing for textiles, clothing and paper products, to surface application techniques, including Shibori tie-dyeing, bundle dyeing with flowers and … Read More

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara has been creating textile art for decades. She combines a rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles with broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing and basketry. After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the … Read More

Charlie Kennard weaving a basket

Charlie Kennard

Charlie is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for MAPOM, Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made … Read More

Deepa Natarajan

Deepa Natarajan

Deepa is a gardener and natural dyer who has transformed her love of ethnobotany into a year round series of public education programming at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley where she’s worked for the past ten years. She founded … Read More

Heidi Harris

Heidi Harris

Heidi is a felt artist, and the founder of West County Fiber Arts. She is a native Californian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and works as a law office manager. Shortly after attending her first Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber … Read More

Judi Pettite

Judi Pettite

Judi Pettite is a bay area artist and professor, knowledgeable in the history and uses of natural pigments as an art medium and colorant. She has taught natural pigment workshops in the bay area for over 10 years. Her enthusiasm … Read More

Judith Thomas

Judith Thomas

Judith was on the faculty of the East Bay Waldorf School for many years, as a class teacher and as the teacher of handwork. Currently she is a weaver, a bookbinder, and a basketmaker. She has taught pine needle baskets … Read More

Kori Hargreaves

Kori Hargreaves

Kori grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains, and spent her childhood in the gardens, woods, bluffs, and beaches of the coast. She finds her greatest joys in making, and in her daily dialog with the natural world. She holds … Read More

Marlie de Swart

Marlie de Swart

Marlie is an artist trained in Holland, Paris and Los Angeles, who specializes in hand spun yarns and hand made garments through her company, Bo-Rage Yarns & Design. Most often the garments and the yarns are made from local wool, alpaca, … Read More

Monique Risch-Meade

Monique Risch-Meade

Monique’s background as a professional graphic designer translates easily into the fiber arts, searching for hidden colors, the creation of abstract forms, and textures from plants on fabric or paper. Coaxing dye from native plants is an old form of … Read More

Patricia Briceño

Patricia Briceño

I discovered working with wool as a matter of necessity. When I got to California in 1995 I felt vulnerable to the cold weather of the north. Wool made me comfortable and enabled me to enjoy the new environment. I … Read More

Porfirio Gutiérrez

Porfirio Gutiérrez

Porfirio Gutiérrez is a proud descendant of many generations of Zapotec weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. For over 2000 years, this town has been a wellspring of Zapotec textile arts and culture. As a child, Gutiérrez showed … Read More

Rebecca Burgess, photo by Paige Green

Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca is an indigo farmer, author and community organizer. Her work is focused on natural dye processes and regenerative agriculture, textile education and public speaking. She is the Executive Director of Fibershed and Chair of the Board for the Carbon … Read More

Rosa Novak dyeing with clay

Rosa Novak

Rosa is an Oakland artist working with local clay and sustainable practices in ceramics. She earned her BFA from the ceramics program at California College of the Arts (CCA) and is a 2017 Windgate Fellow. Novak currently has work at … Read More

Sasha Duerr

Sasha Duerr

Sasha is an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural dyes and place-based recipes. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in textiles and fine arts where she designs curriculum and teaches courses … Read More