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Our team members are a group of dedicated professional fiber artists with a passion for sharing their knowledge, resources and community spirit. 


Each of us specializes in one of the unique areas that encompass textile and fiber arts.  


We are all share a deep belief that we have a responsibility to share techniques and skills that do not have a negative impact on the planet. We encourage our community to learn how to sew, dye, weave and mend to reconnect with the processes of the textiles we are surrounded by every day.


Diversity and Inclusion

The best art comes from an environment where diversity is valued and encouraged. Textiles West welcomes people of any background, belief, age, race or sexual orientation. We provide safe spaces for exploring artistic expression and discovering the healing power of making.




Our Organization Core Values

Advocating for Textile Sustainability-we love green

Create fun and a little weirdness

Be adventurous, creative, and open-minded

Engage in open and honest relationships

Clear, thoughtful and respectful communication

Enthusiasm, passion and a can-do attitude

Commitment to exceptional quality in all we do


The Textiles West Team

LIZ KETTLE | DIRECTOR 

Liz Kettle is a mixed media textile artist living in Colorado. Liz began her explorations in fabric by following a traditional approach to embroidery and quilting. After filling her tool box with the skills needed for success in the traditional arena she began to delve into the world of art where she discovered freedom of expression. Liz is author of First Time Beading on Fabric and Know Your Needles. She is co-author of 3 books: Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond, Threads: The Basics and Beyond and Stitch Journeys. Liz has articles published in Quilter’s Home, Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts In Stitches and Cloth Paper Scissors Studios. She has also appeared in the PBS show Quilting Arts TV. She is happiest with a bit of fabric and her needle threaded and ready to stitch.


Melanie Audet | Education Coordinator 


Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan.  She received a BA from Albion College and a  BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes.  She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes.   Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.

Mary Madison | Outreach Coordinator 


Mary Madison originally from West Virginia has lived on both coasts, and Canada where she was taught rug hooking from experts. She has a love of all things textile and time permitting, pottery and stain glass. A major portion of her time currently is spent  introducing newcomers to weaving and art quilting. 


RUTH CHANDLER | Stitching Community Together | LIASON

Ruth had the privilege of growing up in Japan where a neighbor introduced her to Sashiko and Indigo. Both have remained a lifelong pursuit and passion. In her own unique style she loves to blend new techniques with the old that usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Many of her classes focus on hand stitching, however, she also teaches garment construction, indigo dye classes, bag classes, and children’s classes. Ruth has authored two books and teaches at Art and Soul Retreat and Textiles West in Colorado Springs, CO. 



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Textiles West
6545 N. Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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719-203-5581

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@ Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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