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2016 Wool Symposium

November 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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For the Love of Place

November 19th, 2016 • Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Fibershed’s 2016 Wool Symposium panels and presentations will focus on regional breeding strategies, biological and mechanical technology, Climate Beneficial Wool, ‘prosumption,’ true cost of raising sheep and making a garment by hand, the history of sheep production in our region, and a special visit by a distant Fibershed Affiliate community organizer who will share how their community is cross pollinating urban and rural sectors.

Tickets for the panels and presentations are $40 for the general public and $36 for members (with $20 tickets for seniors & students). The event will be streaming live for those living farther afield.

The Symposium will also host a marketplace of farmers, ranchers and designers from within our 150-mile region who will be offering place-based goods and raw materials for textile creation. There will also be demonstrations on sheep shearing, wool grading, hoof trimming, angora rabbit shearing, natural dyeing, weaving, and spinning. Marketplace and demos are free to the public. Be sure to join in on social media as we share sneak peeks and updates leading up to the Symposium. We would love to see and hear your thoughts using #2016WoolSymposium.

TICKETS: Now available online here.

Members received an email newsletter with a code for advance tickets with a member discount. (Senior and student discounts are also available. This event historically sells out at least a week in advance. Click here to join or renew your membership. Email office@fibershed.com if you are a member and did not receive a code for advance ticket sales at the member discount price.)


9:30 am
•  Rebecca Burgess

9:45 am
Connecting to place through land & animals
•  Brittany Cole Bush

10:00 am
Breeding Panel:
Intersectional features between our land and sheep

•  Janet Heppler
•  Dan Macon
•  Robert Irwin
•  Lisa Leonard

11:00 am
True Cost: Tales from the Land
•  Jaime Irwin  Ÿ
•  Carleen Weirauch
•  Aaron Gilliam
•  Ryan Mahoney
Jill Hackett

11:45 am
True Cost: Making a Sweater
•  Myrrhia Resneck
•  Emily Cunetto
•  Marlie deSwart

12:15 pm
Introduction to Prosuming:
The Fibershed Knit Along

• Heather Podoll and Emily Cunetto

Hands-on Demos and Lunch Break
•  Ashley Eva Brock – natural dyes
•  Lenora Pritchard – hoof trimming
•  Erin Maclean – Angora rabbit shearing
•  Robert Irwin – Sheep shearing
•  Stephany Wilkes – Wool grading
•  Barbara Fiorica – Cashmere goats
•  Robin Pilatti – Spinning
•  Leslie Adkins – Primitive breed sheep: Icelandic & Ouessant
•  Jessica Teitelbaum – Weaving

2:35 pm
Biological and Mechanical Systems Coming Together
•  Jeff Creque
•  Ryan Huston
•  Krystle Moody
•  Kelsey Brewer

3:20 pm
Climate Beneficial Wool – a ranchers perspective
•  Lani Estill

3:40 pm
National Mill Inventory
•  Jess Daniels

4:00 pm
Updates from the Community
•  Matt Gilbert
• Brittany Cole Bush & Grazing School of the West
• More coming…

4:15 pm
A Fibershed Affiliate Shares their Vision
•  Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, Peggy Sue Collection



November 19, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Dance Palace
503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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(415) 663-1075