Category: Natural Dyes

Red Creek Farm: A Homespun Homestead

Written and photographed by Brittany Cole Bush During especially heavy rains, a small creek running through Peggy Agnew and Jonathan Whipple’s parcel of irrigated valley in Mendocino County will turn a burnt red color from a loose patch of red dirt high up in the hills. It is from this phenomenon that the farm, nestled alongside rolling […]

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From Fashion to Fabric: Questions of Origins

By Nicki Taylor Nicki Taylor launched the One Year One Outfit Fibershed Affiliate, a project to investigate supply chains and spend the course of a year sourcing one local outfit. Based in Australia, Taylor invited people from around the world to participate in the challenge, cultivating a diverse range of local clothing and community. Fashion […]

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Cusp of a Revolution

Written by Jenna Tico; photography by Paige Green. Right at the crook of California, nestled between state lines like a secret, is a valley: and in that valley, at her own intersection of worlds, stands a woman. Her toes have crept over into the unknown, but her heels remain planted in compost-rich soil. That woman […]

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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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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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Seaside Day of Dyes

Behind the scenes of the bioregional Fibershed wardrobe is a thriving community of designers, farmers, ranchers, natural dyers, and ethnobotanists.  One of the tenets of our project since the beginning has been to hold celebrations, in honor of the contributions of the project’s supporters.  Some have knit sweaters, some have donated personal finances, while others […]

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