With Partnership for Growth pressing El Salvador to produce more exports, sugarcane has become a larger part of the country’s economic plan. Already, sugarcane production has created 50,000 direct jobs and 200,000 more indirect jobs. This week Vice President Oscar Ortiz said “This is the key, this is the solution for our country: to diversify our production of exports. We are unable to be alone in a market, we have to be open to a variety of markets and in this direction we have to have…
“Social entrepreneurship” involves social change, continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning. The Northern California non-profit “Fibershed” embodies the definition of “social entrepreneurship.” Initially, the founder of Fibershed, Rebecca Burgess, collaborated with local fiber producers and artisans to make an “150-mile wardrobe.” The success of the “150-mile … Continue reading →
Wool is attracting attention at local, regional, and national levels. In Fall 2014, the Fibershed Wool Symposium emphasized the value of wool from diverse breeds of sheep to highlight the rich landscape of fiber resources at the regional level in Northern California. In January 2015, … Continue reading →
This is a collection of natural dye samples created in Professor Denise Green’s FSAD 3240: Color and Surface Design of Textiles during January and February 2015. Natural dyes include indigo, henna, cutch, cochineal, madder, and their blends. The fiber samples … Continue reading →
This textile came into being based on the variety of fibers available throughout different spaces, which I visited physically or virtually. I obtained the angora wool virtually. Some was a gift from a women in Syracuse who found me on Ravelry.com, and … Continue reading →
I recently finished this mohair-wool hybrid scarf. The materials themselves carry a lot of meaning especially since they represent time and place. I obtained the creme mohair on my first visit to the Laughing Goat Fiber Farm in early 2013. It … Continue reading →
Found materials provide inspiration for thought-provoking art. Clare Graham & Moryork: The Answer is Yes, is currently exhibited in the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Clare Graham provides social commentary with basic materials that are used to create clothing, such as knitting … Continue reading →
Fiber arts can provide powerful social commentaries. I visited the Craft & Folk Art Museum‘s New Directions Exhibit in Los Angeles, and was astounded by the work of June Lee in the group exhibit that was juried by the Textile Society of America. June … Continue reading →
The Fibershed Symposium of 2014 provided great insight into the knowledge of sheep farmers and the diversity of wool in California. The work of fiber artisans was displayed beautifully during the symposium, which further highlighted the wide breadth of fiber … Continue reading →
It was great to visit the Little York Fiber Festival at the Cortland Repertory Theatre today. There were a variety of artisan, fiber farm, and mill entrepreneur vendors with a diversity of fibers from sheep, alpacas, llamas, and angora rabbits. Special thanks … Continue reading →
These are photos of my ongoing hand-spinning work. I did most of the spinning on my drop spindle throughout the summer. It is my first 6-ply wool yarn and I am excited about its texture, and its soft, airy feel. … Continue reading →
Part of Cornell’s “Faces of Mental Health” Campaign. Powerful photos show student’s efforts and strategies to maintain a healthy mental state as they balance their personal lives and lives as students at Cornell University. This post features Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, Ph.D. student in Science & Technology studies.
Last semester, I was asked to participate in a mental health awareness campaign at Cornell University called “Faces of Mental Health.” The art project, put together by the students from the group Cornell Minds Matter, juxtaposes black and white + color images, to highlight some of the struggles faced by students as well as the unique ways they’ve navigated those issues in order to find at a healthy mental space. To check out the rest of the striking images and messages in this campaign please head here (the page just went up). To learn more about Cornell Minds Matter as well as resources for managing your stress, anxiety, and/or depression you can head here. Make your mental health a priority and please don’t be afraid to reach out for help! We all need it sometimes [maybe all the time, and that’s okay too].
August marks the second year that President Obama’s executive memorandum DACA, Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals, has helped immigrant youth reach greater social and economic potential in the United States. In 2012, DACA allowed immigrant youth who lived most of their … Continue reading →
My heart goes out to the thousands of minors and families coming to the U.S. from Central America in search of safer livelihoods. My parents escaped the turmoil and violence of El Salvador during the horrific Civil War in the 1980s. Today, they … Continue reading →
Recently San Francisco’s Mission District was named a “Latino Cultural District” based on the Latino/a melting pot that has historically welcomed people from diverse countries. A SHORT HISTORY Immigration to the Mission District began during the 19th century Gold Rush. The end of the … Continue reading →