Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio

The Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio (FACTS) is an educational and innovative hub for textile, fashion and costume designers, artists and artisans across Ontario. The program offers classes, open studios and workshops at the community and professional level as well as networking, professional development and community events. FACTS believes that skills training, local resources and local production can help support a sustainable future for practicing artisans, designers and communities.

Natural Dyeing Workshops

Join us in creating beautiful colours from the local landscape of Blyth! FACTS, (the Fashion Arts and Creative Studio), is offering two hands-on workshops this fall on dyeing with natural dyes. Led by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston, these workshops are ideal for needle-crafters and fibre artists who want to explore how to create their own unique natural colours. Learn how to prep, mordant, dye and rinse your wool to get incredible hues from local foliage, flowers and food stuff.  

Fashion Forward - Postponed Until April 25

FACTS Fashion Forward Events are focused on sustainable fashion choices. Did you know that the fashion industry is the second large source of pollution in the world?  In Canada the average person throws out 37kg (82lbs) of textiles a year. That is 9.5 million tonnes of clothing going to landfill annually in North America alone.  As consumers, we should all start working towards the amount of textile waste we produce. That means educating ourselves on local production, resources and markets so that we shop ethically and learning how to extend the lifecycle of the clothes we already own. 

FACTS is offering two social events next spring that will educate you on sustainable fashion choices, while offering you a fun night out! 

  • Redesign and renew your wardrobe

    Redesign and Renew Your Wardrobe Workshop!

    $15.00

    Thursday April 25th, 2019 – An interactive workshop on how to make old, dated, tired and unflattering clothing fantastic all over again.

  • Peggy Sue Collection

    Shop Local Live!

    $45.00

    Friday April 26th, 2019 – Joins us for a night of creativity as three local designers show off their stunning collections and discuss their artistic journeys in the Canadian fashion and fibre scene.

  • Fashion Forward Pass

    Fashion Forward Pass!

    $50.00

    April 25th & 26th, 2019 – The Fashion Forward Pass allows you to attend both the Redesign and Renew Your Wardrobe Workshop and the Shop Local Live event for the discounted price of $50. 

Visiting Artist - Kathy White

Wool Paintings – Create Natural Works of Art With Beeswax & Wool
$75.00

October 20th – 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm –

In this popular workshop, fibre artist Kathy White teaches her method of applying wool yarn to beeswax covered board to create a ‘wool painting.’ We will discuss selecting different types of yarn and techniques of applying it to create different effects. Participants receive everything they need to create and take home their own unique wool painting.

Frightful FACTS

  • Zombie Night

    Zombie Night

    $60.00

    October 26th – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – An adult night of ghoulish creativity for anyone 19 or older. Craft your own Zombie Costume. Choose a look from a selection of historical, vintage and modern options and learn from a professional how to break it down and gore it up to make your own one-of-a-kind Halloween costume.

  • Zombie Day

    Zombie Day

    $50.00

    October 27th – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Join us for a family event of frightful fun! Create your own Zombie Costume. Choose a look from a selection of historical, vintage and modern options and learn from a professional how to break it down and gore it up to make your own one-of-a-kind Halloween costume.