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08 January 2016 @ 02:14 pm
A couple articles about me in the Oregonian from 2015 - Fiber Arts  
Had two entries on fibers and the Slow Arts Movement in the local Paper in 2015.

I am pretty proud of them; because they were well written, factual and did not make fibers look like either something only weirdos and grannies still do or something only preppers and hippies care about.


Hopefully this year I can talk a reporter attending to a shearing or wool show.

Come on 2016-

EDIT: The Black Sheep Guild on hiatus, but there are several very cool local fibers groups. PDX is pretty lucky that way.
mosinging1986 on January 9th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
Oh, that is so cool! I forget people still have these skills!

And "guild mistress" might be the best title, ever.
Kestrel Cat: pic#125760574kestrelcat on January 9th, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)
And "guild mistress" might be the best title, ever.

My degree, well half of it is in Fibers.

It's pretty much what I have done as an Artist for over 3 decades.

SO to me it's not special. But it is Super important.

That's why I was so pleased with the articles.

The textile trade was a big deal in this area for a pretty long time. It's coming back but the resurgence is still pretty young. I try and promote it as much as possible through my work, teaching and public demonstrations.

The Video Clip was taken last May during a pop-up Renn Faire sponsored by our local SCA chapter. That was all on the fly and unrehearsed. Hard for me to watch but pleasing. What's even more pleasing it have been invited back this year. Guild or no. Which is a huge complement.

Guild Mistress was a joke that became a title. I didn't like it because I really didn't want to be in charge. But in all honesty with my training I would have been one "back then".

Well back to designing. I have 4 original designs I am test knitting to sell. Le fun. So much math.


galadrion on January 9th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
And historically correct, to boot! Sadly, as Kestrelcat said, the guild is currently on hiatus due primarily to too many of the members not being able to participate in events (it's hard for one person to staff a booth for an all-day event, especially if she also has to watch a child - and all to many of these events happen while I'm working), but Kestrel is still attending some events, participating when she can find someone willing to share a booth and customer service tasks, and she's picked up some teaching gigs. Spinning is not a dead art up here! Nor is weaving, or the other tasks in the production chain, and she's had several interested students look her up to learn wool processing, dying, spinning, and weaving. I don't think anyone's contacted her seriously about clothing making (although one of my coworkers did sound me out about it, until what he was talking about was probably around 150 hours of skilled labor), but then clothing manufacture is a bit more common of a skill - I remember doing a couple of those projects myself in high school home economics.

It's some interesting material (pun not originally intended, but too good to pass up on). It's also fairly relaxing, most of the time - can be a good meditation technique.
Kestrel Cat: pic#125760574kestrelcat on January 9th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
be a good meditation technique - too right...Yup
And it's great entertainment.

Of course I spin everywhere. The looks I get on public transit are a hoot! And no body hassles a Mama with a 4oz oak and steel weigh on the end of a sharpened stick.

I actually find the wheel to be slightly better for meditation but I think that's just personal.

Gods know I am thankful for my students but if I get one in 100 that teaches I am lucky. At least most go on to continue making. That's a good start.

I wish I could get a weaving commission but most folks don't value handmade. Lessons they do. SO I teach and make what I please. I'll get a commission eventually.

I have great hopes for the Grove event this year. But it will take at least 4 more people. Particularly with LM. But I am determined.

Time for more coffee-

mosinging1986 on January 9th, 2016 03:32 am (UTC)
It's great to see people keeping these skills alive!
Kestrel Cat: pic#125760574kestrelcat on January 9th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)

It's pretty fun stuff.

And well worth learning.

Here: your regional guild/group list


You get out this way I'd be delighted to teach you.
mosinging1986 on January 9th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
Very cool, thanks!

I hear your state is gorgeous. And from what I've seen in videos as well. Someday!