Category: Artisans

Boneyard Beanies

Story by Jenna Tico, photos by Alycia Lang (except where noted) With a quote famously attributed to Mark Twain (but more likely overheard on BART in the middle of a fog-in), Bay area residents love to quip that “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco”—and most haven’t even tried surfing here. […]

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The Get-It-Done Girl

By Jenna Tico, with photography by Alycia Lang In an age of memoirs-turned-movies, it is not uncommon to hear about being in “the right place at the right time.” However, for Robin Chapin Pilatti—artisan and businesswoman behind “Fleece to Garment”—one thing is clear: her introduction to the world of fiber has been more than a […]

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Pioneering Modern Natural Dyes

Photographs by Paige Green Photography; story by Jess Daniels. There’s a duality to natural dyeing that Kristine Vejar embraces: the naturalist and plant pigment explorer; the scientist and careful recipe creator. For years, Kristine has worked in this balance as a natural dyer, spinner, knitter, community-builder, and owner of the shop A Verb for Keeping […]

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A Journey Into the Blue

By Shaine Drake, with photography by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss (except where noted) A producer, processor, broker and purveyor of biodynamic goods, Craig Wilkinson has been immersed in the holistic and ecologically conscious practice of biodynamic farming since 1998. “It [Biodynamics] is really the beginning of my story,” Craig explains. When answering the question of what […]

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Indigo Volunteer Days!

Fibershed Indigo Project 2015  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS A call for volunteers to help plant over 2000 indigo seedlings in two days.  Many areas to help from planting to weeding to support crew & photo documentation. We will be planting indigo seedlings between 440 foot rows of olive trees and creating a diverse polyculture on a biodynamic […]

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A lifelong love of fiber arts

Photography by Paige Green Colleen Simon has enjoyed an interest in fiber arts for as long as she can remember. She learned to knit as a child growing up in Minnesota, and recalls with fondness how she was intrigued by the spinning wheel in her mom’s attic. Today she owns a richly colored flock of ten ewes (CVM, CVM-Romeldale, […]

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Ama Wertz — Weaving without Limits

Story by Jess Daniels / photos by Alycia Lang In an ecosystem, a limiting factor puts pressure on a population, eventually leading to adaptation. For Fibershed artisan and weaver Ama Wertz, limiting her materials to Fibershed-sourced yarns and natural dyes has been a welcome pressure that fuels her design process and builds community. Many tapestry weavers […]

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