The Fibre Art Network (FAN) is a co-operative of self-defined artists based in Western Canada. The co-operative was first conceived in the spring of 1998 by British Columbians Pat Crucil and Gail Hunt and then organized later that year by Gail. The group is committed to promoting fibre as an art form and each other as artists.
FAN members come from Western Canada - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut - and share their learning and news in a newsletter (10 issues per year) and through this website. It is a long distance meeting of minds that spans artistic challenges as well as geographic ones.
Members also meet and exhibit in community-based subgroups and for an annual retreat where they connect and share as they stretch their comfort zone and take their art to a new level.
FAN membership includes emerging fibre artists, teachers, authors, judges and award winning textile artists. Many have shown their work nationally and internationally and some have won both national and international recognition for their work. The cooperative engenders fellowship of like-minded friends and celebrates differences as well as common interests.