Tag: sustainability

Fibreshed Stories: Students Unravel Textile Tales to Support Our Fibre Future

[Open Access] Leanne Prain interviews Emily Smith about her work with the Fibreshed Fieldschool, and the multimedia Fibre Stories resources that resulted. The experimental mentorship program invited student researchers from Emily Carr University and Simon Fraser University to look at the local textile landscape through the lenses of climate-beneficial and economically viable methods of production and consumption.

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Making the Ontario Shirt: A Local Project from Fleece to Finished

[Open Access] Learn about an extraordinary collaboration between weaver Deborah Livingston-Lowe, dyer Liam Blackburn, and costume designer Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston to create a truly local flannel shirt for Ontario farmer James Craig. Wool from Ontario-raised sheep of a unique Canadian breed was processed by an Ontario mill, woven in Toronto on a Canadian-made loom, and sewn in Ontario to become James’s “fifty-year” flannel shirt.

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The Great Canadian Targhee Project, Part One: Sheep-in-the-Garage Season

[For all readers] “Sorry, I’m behind. I’ve got sheep in the garage.” That’s a message writer and wool expert Catherine Knutsson got this past winter from Troy, a sheep farmer in Saskatchewan. It was -51 C at the time, and they were working out how to get a Targhee fleece from his farm to a mill in the Interior of B.C., and eventually to Catherine’s studio on Vancouver Island. This is the first entry in an eye-opening and entertaining four-part series detailing the journey of the wool, from sheep to yarn, from Saskatchewan to the Pacific coast.

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