Lunatic Fringe Cotton Trunk Show

This Wednesday, 6pm

Lunatic Fringe is responsible for spinning Sustainable Cotton Project™ cotton, our closest, cleanest cotton resource. We are happy to welcome Michele who will be bringing samples of many sustainable yarns, as well as woven and knitted samples, and giving a slideshow presentation on the yarns.

525 Alpine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

RSVP  lafibershed@gmail.com

Pop Up Thank You!

It has already been two weeks since our pop-up shop at Space 15Twenty. We had such an amazing time being in the shop. It took many people and lots of hard work, and we are so thankful to every person that helped make this the amazing event that it was. Thanks to the artists, the farmers, Space 15Twenty, HealthAde Kombucha, KnitWit Magazine, the LA Times, all of the Fibershedders who worked in the shop, workshop teachers, and everyone who visited. Being a physical store and not just a website gave us a chance to talk to people one on one about the Fibershed mission and to meet many amazing like-minded people. 

People asked some really great questions about what LA Fibershed is and what LA Fibershed will do in the future.  Some great conversations were had about getting a native dye garden underway this year, finding a studio space, initiating a paid membership program, and launching our Kickstarter. We love that people were already asking what are the big picture plans/possibilities for LA Fibershed, for instance what about LA Fibershed fabric? What do we need to do to get, say, a knit fabric made from Cleaner Cotton™ which is our closest cotton resource grown in California’s Central Valley? That is a part of what this Fibershed is all about: asking questions, having big ideas, and figuring out how to make them happen.

We also had such a great time at the workshops. We participated in acorn dyeing, cochineal dyeing, felt making, and we made baskets with pine needles. It is always genuinely rewarding to learn a new skill. It never ceases to amaze what we can make with nature. People often asked when we would be having more workshops. Sign up for the mailing list, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out first when we announce our workshops- we have lots of ideas for the next coming months.

We love all the new connections with people that we made and look forward to nurturing those relationships. We are always looking for new LA Fibershed designers, artists, volunteers and fiber farmers. With every new person we meet we add a new stitch to our network, that's what makes our beautiful bioregional textile community amazing. 

Our online shop is now open with some of the pieces from the pop-up, so you still have a chance to shop and support LA fibershed!

Thanks to everyone who made our pop-up the magical event it was. We are so grateful. 

Photos by Sherise Lee of The Radder.

Weaving Worlds

Tonight Los Angeles Fibershed presents

Weaving Worlds 7pm FREE

$5 All Day Public Parking across from Space 1520 on Ivar

WEAVING WORLDS highlights the untold stories of the personalities and characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs. The film presents a compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving in the face of increased globalization. Director BENNIE KLAIN has a keen and compassionate eye, and he allows viewers into the world of indigenous artists and their struggle to maintain pride and cultural vitality through creating their textiles and “reweaving the world.” The result is a poignant digital portrait of Navajo artisans and their unique—and often controversial—relationship with white Reservation traders.

 

WEAVING WORLDS is a co-production of TricksterFilms and the International Television Service (ITVS) in association with Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This documentary was made possible in part by grants from the Arizona Humanities Council and Humanities Texas, state partners of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by the University of Windsor, the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona, and Native Horizons Media Arts.

Dir:  Bennie Klain

2008

Documentary, DV, 56:40

Navajo & English with English Subtitles

Workshop SALE Today Only

All Los Angeles Fibershed workshops are half price today in honor of the Equinox!

Type in coupon code "VERNAL" at checkout.

 

 

L.A. at Home

"…more of a happening than a show..."

Read more about the Los Angeles Fibershed pop-up in the LA Times

Thank you Lisa Boone for the story and Sherise of The Radder for the gorgeous photos.

 


Hours Today

The shop will be open from 12-6pm today with a lecture on acquaponics from 3:30-5:30. David Hedden explains the use of live fish to fertilize plants- no soil required- and his experience growing plants for CSAs in the Long Beach area. 

Shop Opening Tonight 6-9pm

We've been having a lot of fun working together to get the shop ready and can't wait to share it all with you tonight! Drop by-

Space 15 Twenty 

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Rancho J'Balie Visit

Today we took a trip to visit an old friend at Rancho J'Balie who is generously donating the most superior avocados for the Los Angeles Fibershed opening on Saturday night. We tasted cherimoya, dragon fruit, and pecans and left with a bounty of avocados,  oranges, limes, lemons, sapote, honey and even cochineal. Our buckets were filled with an abundance of gratitude for the perfect Southern California day and for good friends. 

Please join us on Saturday from 6-9pm at Space 15 Twenty to indulge in the greenest guac in town: avocado butter + limes from Rancho J'Balie

Los Angeles Fibershed Hollywood Pop-Up Store

March 15 — March 30, 2014
 Reception: Saturday, March 15, 6-9pm
 Organized by Fibershed Los Angeles

Space 15 Twenty 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

Los Angeles Fibershed is pleased to invite you to attend a pop-up that combines a shop, exhibition space, live demonstrations and educational events- lectures, movies, and workshops- dedicated to educate the local community about the soil to skin process. This event will take place at the Space 15 Twenty Los Angeles located at 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

The pop-up gallery space will include installations, a shop of handmade clothing, accessories and home goods by Los Angeles based artists made of locally sourced materials. There will also be an opportunity to purchase high-end pieces made by Amabelle Aguiluz, Janelle Pietrak/All Roads, Elanor Lynn and others.

In addition, there will be raw fiber and yarn for sale from local farmers including Shiloh Springs Ranch, Water Bear Ranch, Ranch of the Oaks, Sweet Water Alpaca Ranch, and Alpacas of Anza Valley.

Los Angeles Fibershed will host “reskilling” workshops at the space throughout the two weeks: weaving, dying, carding, felting, punch card knitting machine, spinning, basket making, bamboo backpack construction, and plant- based watercolor making by designers Jo Abellera (KKIBO), Nanette Sullano, Niki Livingston (Lookout and Wonderland), Ashley Thayer (Maricolous) and others, and lectures on wildcrafting with Rebecca Altman (Kings Road Apothecary), aquaponics with David Hedden(Leaf & Fin)and cottage mills with fiber mill proprietors Tom and Mette Goehring (Ranch of the Oaks).

In conjunction with the pop up shop, there will be movie nights and a Sunday flea market. An ongoing live installation piece will demonstrate how a garment is made from start to finish: Fibershed members will transform the gallery into a collaborative studio space and work together for the duration of the exhibit to create a one of a kind, soil to skin garment. Visitors are encouraged to drop in, watch demos, ask questions, and feel samples of wool and local materials.

Snacks and drinks will be served at the opening reception including donations from Health-Ade Kombucha and Rancho J’Balie avocados alongside knitting and weaving demonstrations. 

 

Call to Action!

Exciting news: Fibershed LA will be inhabiting the Space 15 Twenty Pop Up in March!  Where: Space 1520, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

When: March 15 – March 30

Fibershed LA will be hosting a shop, exhibition space, and educational events: movies, talks, and workshops. Show off your goods made from materials of our bioregion.

You will receive 60% of the price of anything sold; 40% will go to support Fibershed LA. We also welcome donations.

Requirements:

Projects must utilize fiber, dyestuff, and labor grown/farmed/sourced within 150 miles of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. The exception to this radius is Cleaner Cotton™ from the Sustainable Cotton Project, grown in the Central Valley. If you have any questions about other exceptions to the radius please don’t hestitate to contact us. We will NOT accept objects made from recycled materials with unknown provenance: we want to keep processes transparent, fully disclose materials, and hear your stories as you discover resources in the Los Angeles landscape. This is a time to experiment, play, and reach out to local sources.

If you are unable to find fiber resources but would like to participate please contact us- we can help you connect to what you are looking for.

Just send the following information to info@fibershedla.com:

Name:

 

Proposed Item(s)/Object(s):

 

Materials used/Source:

 

Quantity (one offs and one of a kind are welcome!)

Retail Price:

 

Deadline: All items must be delivered by March 10th

If there are special needs for hanging or display please indicate.

 

We’re excited to have this opportunity to showcase your talent and ingenuity, to meet new designers, and to learn about and celebrate our bioregion!

Trails Converge

We had a lot to talk about under the trees at Trails Cafe last Sunday. Fibershedders with shared interests and a  variety of experience converged to discuss the shape of the Los Angeles Fibershed.

The Fibershed LA Facebook Page is now live and there will be several contributors: follow our adventures as we travel to farms, grow dye plants, and share what we learn about sustainable fiber processes!

Wondering About the Fibershed?

We'll be meeting en masse for the first time to talk about visions of our Fibershed on Sunday, April 28th. Everyone is absolutely welcome! Let's get together over vegan snake dogs and apple pie  to discuss, delegate and contemplate...not necessarily in that order.

10AM Sunday April 28th at Trails Cafe.
See the Calendar Page for a map.