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Living on Earth

The project was recently documented for the Living on Earth radio program.  A great video was created on one of our Fibershed re-skilling days, a time when designers and artists come together to learn from each other– using all local materials.  In this case Katherine Jolda, one of our Fibershed felters taught everyone in the […]

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Local Fiber Festival

For those of you fibershed folks wanting to meet some of the ranchers, farmers, fleeces, (and a live sheep or two) from our region– your time has come!  This weekend in the gorgeous Anderson Valley the California Wool and Fiber Festival, will be held. Last year I came home with a prize winning merino fleece […]

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The Year Begins…

“the garments” from Zoe Minikes on Vimeo. A working wardrobe now exists. The making of most of the garments began in June– it all started with one shirt, and one pair of pants…. I wore them for three weeks.   There were some interesting sensory moments when the clothes were being washed– realizing that without […]

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Researching Blue

The fibershed challenge to resource local organic color and fiber from our bioregion has inspired the cultivation of many favored dye species.  What you see occurring in the picture above is a daily pre-sunrise ritual…. the watering of the Japanese indigo test plots. There are four sites where we are currently growing the plant– each […]

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Honoring the Ancient Fibersheds

Herds of elk, deer, antelope– throngs of rabbits, and many other four-leggeds once roamed the hills, prairies, and river valleys of our ancient fibersheds.  The skins of these animals are the first pre-woven textiles, known to have provided shelter, clothing, and bedding for our ancient ancestors. Several members of the fibershed community spent a weekend […]

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An Afternoon at Woolly Egg Ranch

Farming, bio-diesel manufacturing, canning, chicken coop building, these are just a few of  Kenny Kirkland’s many skills.  His generous and welcoming nature makes a visit to his farm, a lesson in sustainable practice.  Each time I stop in, it seems Kirkland has added another layer of value or function to his on-going land management practices. […]

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Indigo Evening Update

The little indigo starts that we planted have made themselves completely at home on the mountain farm. Its just been a couple of months now, and the plants are bushy, leafy, and creating the perfect biomass for our natural dye purposes.  Our row is surrounded by calendula, camomile, and poppies–all of which support water retention […]

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