International Guest


The SpinIN is proud of a long tradition of inviting guests from around the world to enrich the festival with their knowledge and skills.

2019 will be no exception and Committee is excited to announce, we are bringing Professor Julian Roberts from the UK to Tasmania. Julian has made a name for himself internationally with his innovative Subtraction Cutting Method.



Julian's amazing work will be of interest to weavers and cloth makers in particular, as his method produces imaginative, simple garments with a minimum of wasted fabric. 


Photos & videos courtesy of Julian Roberts.

A Master Class with Julian


Committee has teamed up with TasTAFE and Rudolf Couture to present to you the unique opportunity to attend a two-day Master Class with Julian Roberts. The event is scheduled for Monday 04 and Tuesday 05 March 2019 and will be held at the Alanvale Campus Textile & Clothing Studio, Launceston.


Tasmanian Guests



Jan Dineen

Award winning Tasmanian designer/maker. Working almost exclusively with Tasmanian high quality merino yarn. Jan’s machine knitted, hand crafted garments have been exhibited extensively throughout Australia, most recently at the Art Gallery of NSW and internationally, at the Marimura Art Museum of Tokyo.

Jan has lectured in textiles at the University of Tasmania where she recently completed a Masters of Fine Art and Design focusing on Sculpture. 

Drawing her inspiration from the symbolic notion of journeys, Jan was originally influenced by the journeys of her Norwegian ancestors. Her work is constantly evolving, each piece is individually designed and themed with the most recent works reflecting a multi-cultural approach.

Photos courtesy Jan Dineen &



Rita Summers

"As a designer, artist and passionate up-cycler, my underlying philosophy is to create products and source materials as ethically as I can. I find and reinvent vintage and preloved clothing, fabrics and other materials with natural dyes and deconstruction techniques, allowing them to inspire my work. Materials for eco dyeing are foraged from our own property, where I can manage the trees and plants respectfully. My business is based in northeastern Tasmania, Australia; this is where I display and sell my work, host exhibitions, and run workshops."

Photos courtesy Rita Summers


Demonstrations, Q&A


Our special guests will be an integral part of the festival, so you will have the opportunity to watch them demonstrate their crafts  and to ask questions.

Furthermore, they will be the three industry experts judging our Fashion Design Competition.


'Meet the Designers'

Winding down after the SpinIN, we invite our festival patrons and friends to attend a brunch at Ratho Farm on Sunday 04 March 2019.

Our three special guests, Jan Dineen, Rita Summers and Julian Roberts will be speaking and presenting their individual crafts. There will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions and exchange ideas.

Ratho Farm will be catering this event with finger foods and bottomless cup of coffee and tea included in the price. Alcoholic beverages and barista coffees will also be available, albeit at additional charge.

Doors will open from 10:15am for a 10:45 start, finishing around 2pm. Tickets are now available from our website and seats are limited to just 60, so be quick to secure yours!