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A Fibershed Conversation with Marian Bruno

A new episode dropped today. It’s my Fibershed Conversation with Marian Bruno. We talk about our creative journeys and we talk about how to move from fast fashion to slow, local fashion in a mindful way. We talk a lot about some influential books as well. You can find the podcast here. Or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Would you rather watch us? You can find that here on YouTube. You can find the book list here.

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A Conversation with Roan Farnum

In my continuing series about Fibershed, I talk with Roan Farnum about their creative journey and how Fibershed plays a role in those creative endeavors. It was fun to talk about how they are taking a raw fleece and developing it into a sweater.

You can listen to it here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts

If you would rather watch, click here to go to the video of our conversation.

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A Conversation with Ellen Hoch

Ellen is a vibrant member of the Chesapeake Fibershed so I thought it would be fun to talk about the Fibershed movement. We also get into the difficulties there are with getting local yarn and fabrics, simply because our infrastructure is gone. There are some new ideas out on the horizon, so there is lots to be hopeful about. We also talk about the status of our local wardrobes and what we are working on right now. You can listen to the podcast here or anywhere you listen to podcasts. If you would prefer to watch, you can find it here on my You Tube.

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My Creative Journey into Slow Fashion

I’m answering the questions I had for my guests in upcoming episodes. I’ve been making since I was a kid. I was taught to embroider and sew clothing early on. It was a valued skill in my family. As a young adult I picked up needlepoint and even started to paint my own canvases. I was mesmerized by the wall of color in the needlepoint store. I learned to weave and dye and spin on my journey as well. And when I needed to have a smaller footprint in creative endeavors I went back to sewing and began to quilt. This has led me to wanting to creative more slow fashion for myself. But the reality of fast fashion and its environmental problems has made my goal of a local slow wardrobe more tangible and has become a passion project.

Listen here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Would you rather watch the powerpoint? You can see it here on You Tube.

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The American Textile Industry

I took a trip to the Carolinas last week. I was able to see how fleeces go to yarn and fabric in the large industrial process. It was fascinating, especially since I know all of those processes on my own small scale. You can listen to my podcast here or watch on You Tube here.

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Fast Fashion and Climate Change

In the new podcast episode, I teach you about how our clothing choices affect climate change around the world. Each time we purchase textiles that are made by big centralized industries in countries far, far away, that decision adds to the greenhouse gases that are responsible for climate change.

It’s not a coincidence that this month we have seen the hottest temperatures in our country for the longest period of time. We have more flooding and more severe storms. There are wild fires around the world as well.

We can make choices that will make a change for the better. Will it be easy? No! Will it be quick? No! But it will be something.

Listen to the podcast here. OR watch on Vimeo or You Tube

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The Human Cost of Fast Fashion

In this episode, Lisa discusses the human cost of fast fashion. There is a high price to be paid for cheap clothing and other textiles. It is paid by the garment workers who are paid by the piece but never reaching a living wage. It’s paid for by the dyers, farmers, spinners and weavers who don’t have access to health care for occupational injuries and illnesses. What can we do about it?

Listen to this episode here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. OR watch on Vimeo or YouTube. You will find a couple of simple ways to support the supply chain and those who work to make your clothing.

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Reducing Our Textile Waste: New Podcast

It’s so important to reduce the amount of textile waste is going into the global landfill. It is alarming to see the amount of textile garbage. It is a symptom of our rampant consumerism in the effort to have the trendiest clothing. However that clothing is out of fashion the next week or it is made so poorly that it doesn’t last but a few wearings.

Reducing out waste by being mindful is perhaps the easiest thing we can do as we switch to a more sustainable wardrobe. We can take better care of our clothes. We can reuse cloth that we no longer want to wear. I offer several ideas for recycling and upcycling your clothing. We can make artful mends on our favorite pair of soft worn jeans that we can’t bear to part with.

Listen here to the podcast. Of course there is a call to action as there is with each and every episode.

Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes, Spotify or anywhere you listen to podcast. Or if you would rather watch, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

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Mindful Clothing: How to Start to Use Clothing Choice to Change the Planet!

Season 4 Episode 6 is all about the Integrity Index developed by Greta Egan. This index is a smorgasbord of a sort. There are 16 factors that you can use to pick the most important values to you and build your mindful wardrobe with these in mind. It makes sense to use this kind of system as you change your wardrobe over to one that is more sustainable. Of course there is a call to action!!