The Fibreshed Field School: reflections and opportunities

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Date(s) - 05/12/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Melanie and Christa share their experience with the Fibreshed Field School, its effect on the education of Emily Carr students who participated, and the influence this alternative learning experience had on their own practices. They offer their observations about the specific challenges for the Canadian Fibreshed and opportunities for the local Vancouver Fibreshed.

This talk is for people who are new to Fibreshed as a concept, and for people who are already well versed or involved with the Fibreshed network.

The first part of this talk will be recorded and posted at a later date, but do join us for the talk on the 5th and be a part of the conversation that will happen the later part of our online time together as we share ideas, resources and make connections to others focused on building a fibre resilient community.

 

Christa Clay (she/her) is a designer, maker, and circular economy advocate located in so-called Vancouver, B.C. Christa completed her Master’s in Design at Emily Carr University in 2022, with a focus on local material research, circularity, and local economic resilience. During her studies, Christa held graduate research positions on the Fibreshed Field School’s second phase, Design for Regional Resilience, the W.H.I.Z.E. project, and the Circular Food Innovation Lab, to name a few. She now holds a position as a Manager, Economic Transformation for the Circular Economy at the Vancouver Economic Commission. Originally from Texas, USA, Christa has been living in B.C. since 2018.

Melanie Camman (she/her) is a service designer and design researcher. She is currently completing a Master’s in Design at Emily Carr University exploring how to do meaningful community engagement, with the goal of addressing power inequities in research. Textiles have become an important part of her practice because of their tactility and because they allow people to share stories and experiences from a multiplicity of perspectives. You’ll find Melanie in the garden growing edible, material and medicinal plants; snowboarding the North Shore mountains experiencing every kind of precipitation; or sitting in a comfy red chair, knitting and watching superhero tv shows.

 

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