Kibibi Ajanku’s Indigo Journey

Indigo dye has a history that spans many continents. When I learned about Baltimore Dye Initiative, I learned about artist and Master Dyer, Kibibi Ajanku. Her work is amazing! Yet, my interest in her work comes with uncovering the indigo dye production in America from West Africa. So if you are into the history andContinue reading “Kibibi Ajanku’s Indigo Journey”

Do you know about Nest?

I am a researcher -more lately with my work around textile and fiber design and history. When I found out about Nest co-op, I instantly became a member back in December. Founded by Rebecca van Bergen in 2006, she followed her passion to turn craft, the 2nd largest employer of women globally, into a meansContinue reading “Do you know about Nest?”

Textiles of Japan

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a lecture and discussion  with collector and independent researcher Thomas Murray of the book Textiles of Japan, published in 2019 with co-author Virginia Soenksen. The book focuses on aboriginal #Ainu in #Hokkaido and Sakhalin in the north, and the brilliantly colored cotton kimonos of #Okinawa to the far southContinue reading “Textiles of Japan”

Learning about Chenille

This is a great article that traces the history of a great yarn and fiber…Chenille. Chenille means caterpillar in English, forever linking the fuzzy insects that one day become either a moth or butterfly with fluffy yarn and fabrics. The French word was known early on in the United States and can be found inContinue reading “Learning about Chenille”

Fiber Art of Lenore Tawney

As I continue to research and discover about Fiber Artists who were “doing their thing” when the craft was considered more of “women’s work “, I love when I find out about women who were making history and being innovator of the craft. Not only were the women making the wears for their family innovatorsContinue reading “Fiber Art of Lenore Tawney”

National Exhibition: Call for Fiber + Textile Artists

Family Matters: 2018 SDA Annual International Exhibition In Print.   Each year, the SDA International Exhibition In Print showcases the breadth and depth of contemporary artists and designers working with or inspired by fiber art and/or textile-based materials, methods, and techniques. The work of selected artists are featured in the winter 2018 issue of theContinue reading “National Exhibition: Call for Fiber + Textile Artists”

Healing powers of knitting and weaving – Fiber Arts News

Greeting everyone! My weaving instructor sent this over this week. Lately, more articles are appearing about the healing that fiber art techniques offer, even though those of who are in the craft know this…but it’s always good to have the support. Happy reading! Many of us knit, weave, crochet, or otherwise find time with fiberContinue reading “Healing powers of knitting and weaving – Fiber Arts News”

New Innovation in Textile…Mushrooms

Materials innovation startup Bolt Threads introduced its second biomaterial today – a leather made from mycelium, the roots of a mushroom.  Mycelium is the underground root structure of mushrooms. It grows as tiny threads that form vast networks under the forest floor. We developed Mylo™ from mycelium cells by creating optimal growing conditions for it to self-assembleContinue reading “New Innovation in Textile…Mushrooms”