...to the home of the Bothwell International Highland SpinIN & Fibre Festival (BIHSIFF). The biennial SpinIN is a celebration of creativity, experimentation and friendship, centered around wool and other natural fibres. Bothwell is a historic town located in the Southern Highlands of Tasmania with a rich agricultural past; renowned for the fine fleece grown in the area. We invite you to explore these pages to learn about and become part of a quite unique experience!
A message from the President
The SpinIN has been part of Bothwell and the Central Highlands for over four decades and remains, to this day, a volunteer-run community event. Spinners, weavers, textile artisans and demonstrators congregate every two years to share skills, yarns and stories.
Earlier this year, the festival was held at Queen's Park in the middle of town, taking it back to its roots. Committee extended a hand to involve local school pupils and business owners, clubs, churches and the Council, to bring the project to fruition. The challenge was immense and though a few things did not go according to plan, the event was a success.
Our international guest, fashion designer and teacher Julian Roberts from the UK, presented a master class at Launceston under the SpinIN banner, in collaboration with TasTAFE Alanvale. This move was a step towards supporting fresh talent and training opportunities for young people. It shows that the SpinIN is adapting to modern times and is committed to keeping history and the future connected. The potential exists to grow into a quality, state-wide event, an avenue the Committee wishes to pursue.
Sadly, a significant number of current Committee Members are retiring and we need people to pass the batons to. In order to make a SpinIN 2021 possible, I am asking for your assistance by becoming a Committee Member. Every contribution of time, ideas and talent is valuable, no matter how great or small. I invite you to visit our website, where you will find much more detailed information and a Membership Application Form.
Become a Member
The Committee is seeking expressions of interest for new members to join. Download the application form here, or go to the Register to apply online.
The winning entry of the 2019 SpinIN Fashion Design Competition created by Tasmania’s own Carol-anne Morrison. Congratulations!
The garment was entered in the ‘Loop the Loop’ section for non-woven materials and incorporates felting and knitting in its structure. The bold colours, textures and its sheer size create a striking presence.
It was a tough decision for the judges to select the winners from 22 entries. The theme set two years earlier has matured and reflects the land and the hands that make things.
Model: Sarah Birtwistle | Location: St. Michael’s Bothwell | Photo: Stephen French
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