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


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

Ashley Eva Brock 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 … Read More

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro 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 … Read More

Charity van der Meer

Charity studied fashion and knitwear design at Nottingham University of Art and Design in the UK. She then moved to the Netherlands, where she developed her own unique style of creating garments using felting, sometimes combining felting and knitting in … Read More

Charlie Kennard

Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo 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 … Read More

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 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

Katrina SkyWeaver

Katrina SkyWeaver is a mother, artist, herbalist, basket weaver, dancer and lover of plants and life. She learned to weave baskets in 1991, and has been joyfully weaving ever since. Her love for plants and gardening has been woven into … Read More

Marlie de Swart

Marlie de Swart of Bo-Rage Yarns & Designs is an artist trained in Holland, Paris and Los Angeles, who specializes in hand spun yarns and hand made garments. Most often the garments and the yarns are made from local wool, … Read More

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

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

Sasha Duerr

Sasha Duerr 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