Four-Mile Fibre Inquiry: Stewardship/Studio 

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Date(s) - 12/09/2021 - 19/12/2021
12:00 am


An opportunity for collective inquiry and documentation, this guild will delve into what a plot of previously untended highway-adjacent land has to offer the fibreshed enthusiast (aka the weaving/dying/gardening/textile/plant enthusiast) and what we can offer in return. From September through December we will meet monthly both in-person on the land, and virtually from our homes and studios. 

In-person land visits will include ‘sit spot’ time (recurring visits to a single place on the land) to become acquainted with the place, field journaling/drawing to record observations, brainstorming and assisting with stewardship tasks (pulling invasives, etc), harvesting fibre and dye materials, and some material processing and studio tests. Virtual studio meet-ups over Zoom will include show-and-tell time to share our experiments using the materials from the land and what we’ve learned and documented.

All meet-ups will be a place for brainstorming and discussion around the responsibilities that come with the privilege of access to land and time, how to nurture a reciprocal land relationship and what we can offer and provide this plot of land in return for our harvests, as well as how to best honour the Original Stewards of this place as we pursue land-based fibreshed work.

This program is intended for those in the West Kootenays who are able to meet once a month in 4 Mile off Hwy 3A, on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional Sinixt təmxʷulaʔxʷ (homeland), and land connected to the Syilx, Ktunaxa, and Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples and Métis. 



Land visits: Second(ish) Sunday of the month 1:00-3:00 pm

Sept 12, Oct 17th, Nov 14th, Dec TBD

Virtual visitsLast Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30 pm 

Sept 30, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec TBD

Additional opportunities to gather will be determined on an as-desired basis. 


Suggested Pre-requisites:

Because this guild is focused on collective and collaborative inquiry versus the technical basics of weaving and dying, it is ideal for participants to have some experience in weaving, fibre processing, natural dying, and/or gardening or plant knowledge, though not necessary. 


Land Notes: 

This land is privately owned by local residents and entry onto the land will require signing Liability Waivers. The land is level but uneven in sections with some wetland areas, some open and some forested areas. There is currently no running water and no washrooms on site. Closed toe and/or waterproof footwear is recommended. 

Please feel free to email Jaymie at EarthandNelson[at] if you have any questions about accessibility or other details. 


We are grateful to the BC Arts Council Resilience Funding for making this program possible.

Thanks also to the Young Agrarians Land Matching Program and the Land Owners for sharing access to this land.

We acknowledge that this programming is taking place on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional Sinixt təmxʷulaʔxʷ (homeland), and land connected to the Sylix, Ktunaxa, and Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples and Métis. We are grateful to gather and create on this land.


This event is fully booked.