As Creator of Fiber With A Cause, in 2016, Karen’s vision is to build a global collective of fiber artisans and crafters. It’s mission is to support and uplift their voices and work and create financial resilience for fiber artisans. Fiber With A Cause conducts its first pilot summer program for weavers to educate on fiber history, manufacturing, expand techniques and processes and business coaching summer 2021 under Social Art and Culture – an 11 year nonprofit organization. In addition, Fiber With A Cause is currently planting, harvesting and processing organic Indigo in partnership with Dreaming Out Loud at Kelly Miller Farm in Southeast, DC to pay homage enslaved African Americans. captured and forced to grow Indigo on the plantations in the Carolinas. Fiber With A Cause is the 2021 Award Recipient of the Diverse City Fund.
Fiber With A Cause intersects between craft, commerce and future of work [workforce development]. Fiber With A Cause programming is creating equity, integration and access for urban manufacturing and production. We change the view of the crafts of weaving, knitting and crochet as a luxury or even eo-luxury items. The artistry is in the workshops, classes, and creation of textiles using traditional techniques from different geographic cultures underrepresented in textile and fiber design. From here, we develop a creative economy that reclaims forgotten or repressed styles and histories of weaving. Giving both ownership and authorship to creators who are often kept out.
I started FWAC to go beyond the stereotype of fiber arts and craft as “grandma’s hobby; yet, an opportunity to change American consumers perception of this handcraft not only as of social pleasure for men and women, but a career that can bridge gender and culture, breaks economic barriers, founded on rich, strong traditions and rituals…#fiberwithacause is a healing art.