Category: Wool

The Good Life: by Conscious Design

Meet Kacy Dapp, a modern day artisan whose life has been consciously crafted to balance the needs of the individual with the reality of the times we live.  Her personal passions are carved from a value system of self-sufficiency, community building, and a quest for simplicity. Weaving, knitting, sewing, spinning, guitar and dyeing are all […]

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Whispers of a Gentle Species

Believed to be a gift from Pachamama, the sacred earth mother– alpaca have been present during the rise and fall of many human civilizations from the point of their domestication 6,000 years ago.  As the lives of the alpaca and humans became increasingly and intricately woven within ancient South American culture, they became revered and […]

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Wool That Nobody Wanted

 There is a story in each garment, a living history of our collective experience resides in the implications and realities of our clothes.  The wool in this tunic comes from the homestead of Kenny Kirkland.  His flock is small in comparison to the flocks that live north and west of us– where 1,000 sheep per ranch […]

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The Beauty of Limitation

Soft and supple Mendocino buckskin, Sierra foothills alpaca, Mill Valley felt, Capay Valley color grown cotton, and Mt. Barnaby indigo … these are the places and raw materials that designer and artist Mali Mrozinski has been exploring.  The “limitation” of sourcing materials within 150 miles might be better described as a “creative focus.”  This palate […]

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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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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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