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Hands on exploration of Oregon grown linen and indigo
September 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
PTM Fundraiser: Hands on exploration of indigo & flax to linen on picturesque Sauvie Island.
Join us for a hands on exploration of indigo & flax to linen on picturesque Sauvie Island. Participants will have the opportunity to explore both of these crops, in the fields where they are grown.
Flax Test Plot
Shannon Welsh of Fibrevolution will lead a hands on exploration of flax to linen, from field to fiber. Participants will process flax with hand tools – breaking, scutching, and hackling retted flax from last years harvest at an OSU test plot. Shannon will also speak about planting, growing, harvesting and retting flax fiber for linen. We’ll be discussing the state of linen production in the PNW and the people involved in revitalizing the industry.
Kara Gilbert of Vibrant Valley farm will guide participants through the process of indigo from field to extraction. Students will learn about the process of harvesting fresh indigo leaves and about the pigment extraction methods used to created dye with this incredible diverse plant. You’ll get to try your hand with dyeing in the dye baths in a range of color from fresh to aged indigo.
*Please bring a lunch, waterbottle and sun hat. We will be in the field!
About the hosts:
Shannon Welsh, Pacific Northwest Fibershed
Shannon Welsh has called Oregon home since the age of 5. For over 20 years she has promoted fiber, textile and apparel design through raw fiber development, regenerative agricultural production, textile systems revitalization and innovation, community organizing, outreach, and education. Shannon has spent over 3 years researching and reviving the historic linen industry of Oregon, and is the Co-Founder of Fibrevolution Bast Fiber Producers. She is also the Founder and Director of Pacific Northwest Fibershed, a Fibershed Affiliate Program, which promotes the development of regional regenerative fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere.
Vibrant Valley Farm
Kara Gilbert, Vibrant Valley Farm
Vibrant Valley Farm is in its 4th season for growing indigo.
Vibrant Valley Farm is a group of dedicated farmers and passionate educators are committed to exploring innovative solutions to enliven the current food system, both locally and globally. They work to honor ancient traditions in growing food and connecting to the land as well as to helping to create healthier communities.
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