We often think about how our clothes are made in terms cutting, sewing, knitting, weaving, dyeing, spinning.... maybe we get as far back as thinking about the farm where the fibers were grown. Do you ever ask..."Where does farmed material come from?" Natural plant-based fibers are made of carbon that once existed in our atmosphere as carbon dioxide. When the carbon dioxide is inhaled by the plant, the oxygen is released (we breathe it) and the carbon is used to build the structure of the plant.. (plant fibers are carbohydrates = carbon and water), and protein fibers (like wool) are made when an animal transforms a carbohydrate into a protein. When humans make choices to wear 'fresh forms of carbon' from plant and animal fibers, we begin to learn what it means to live in balance with the carbon cycle. Better yet, when we choose to wear clothing from farms that are consciously drawing down as much carbon as they can and reducing emissions where they can.. we see that we can begin to grow fibers that are #climatebeneficial Paige Green Photography ... See MoreSee Less
Learn about Natural Dye practice from author and practitioner Sasha Duerr at this year's Wool Symposium on Nov. 19th in Point Reyes Station. Sasha is a professor at California College of the Arts-- and teaches a Soil to Studio class that has inspired generations of young designers (some of whom will also be at this year's Wool Symposium). Sasha's new book Natural Color will be available for signing and she will host a hand's on demonstration of a late autumn and early winter dye recipe. You'll have an opportunity to take part in a truly seasonal plant based color recipe making process and take home a home-grown naturally dyed fiber sample too!
Tickets to the Wool Symposium available here: www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-fibershed-wool-fine-fiber…
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How can our community support fiber producers in efforts to make cloth? We are exploring the material possibilities and supply chain modeling with High Desert Fibershed producer Lani Estill (Lani's Lana - Fine Rambouillet Wool) toward Climate Beneficial Wool cloth. This week offers a visit with collaborators Scott Grey at Jagger Brothers spinning mill and Justin Russo of Saco River Dyehouse to understand the processes from sheep to loom. For this cloth, a worsted spinning process provides the strength and smooth quality that will work well with Huston Textile Company weaving. By partnering with fiber processors beyond our strategic geography, we are able to support a rich domestic textile history and develop regenerative fiber systems for our region. ... See MoreSee Less