After picking back up a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, I realized that the reason for me returning to this craft was more than what I knew at the age of 12 years old. It inspired me, calmed me, opened me up to a new family of artisans that were of all cultural backgrounds and so much more.
Fiber With A Cause was created by Karen Baker in 2016. Fiber With A Cause vision is to build a global collective of fiber artisans and crafters. Fiber With A Cause mission is to support and uplift their voices and work. Fiber With A Cause is the 2021 Award Recipient of the Diverse City Fund.
Karen is a weaver and knitter. She is currently part of the inaugural cohort for the MFA in Social Practice at Corcoran School of Art and Design, focusing on History and Critical Craft Studies of African American weavers contribution to fiber and textile design. In addition, she is part of the 2020-2021 Vogue Knitting Launchpad Business Incubator Program. As a member of Surface Design Association, she serves on the Marketing and Equity, Access, and Integration Committees; and is a member of the National Museum of Women In the Arts; American Craft Council; and Nest Co-Op.
Baker is the Board President/Co-Founder of Social Art and Culture, a nonprofit founded in 2009 and a 4x grantee of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship for her fiber artwork. Baker has been teaching for 15 years in Higher Education.
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.