RISD + Southeastern New England Fibershed’s Common Threads Series

We are so excited to partner with the RISD Nature Lab for a 4-part series. The four conversations will explore the commonalities within regional systems (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) tied to land, waste, material, and color and how they can intersect with various modes of thought to drive positive change.

The conversation will be moderated by Southeastern New England Fibershed Co-Founder Amy DuFault and RISD Nature Lab’s Operations and Engagement Coordinator Dora Mugerwa. The 4-week conversation will build a base for an 8-part conversation taking place after this series focusing on international issues around regeneration.

Join us at 12 PM Eastern Time for conversations on:

Image: Lorén M. Spears

Wednesday, September 9 — Restoration and Growth

(Watch video of the conversation here.)

Tomaquag Museum Executive Director + Narragansett Tribal Member, Lorén M. Spears, and Botanist + RISD Faculty member, Hope Leeson look at how can we regenerate through farming, food, fiber and history. How do you grow a future generation of people to take part in living sustainably?

Image: Fengjiao Ge

Wednesday, September 16 — Waste as a New Harvest 

(Watch video of the conversation here.)

Landscape Architecture graduate Fengjiao Ge RISD MLA ’20, New England Alpaca Fiber Pool Founder + Executive Director, Chris Riley, and Textile Artist, RISD Zero Waste Alumni + Former Fabscrap Community Coordinator, Anne Keating RISD BFA TX ’17 will focus on WASTE as a NEW HARVEST. How can we reframe the conversation around waste as a useful material that benefits surrounding communities and environments?

Image: Rebecca Burgess, Paige Green Photography

Wednesday, September 30 — Material and Soil Health

(Watch video of the conversation here.)

Fibershed Executive Director, Rebecca Burgess, and Designer Tareq Alzawawi RISD MID ’19 will focus on MATERIAL and SOIL HEALTH and discussing/looking at what we source from the soil (from food/vegetation, to fiber, to biomaterials) and how it is we determine the sustainability profile of the things we harvest and use for various needs and applications.

Image: Brece Honeycutt

Wednesday, October 7 — Color and Ecology: REGISTER HERE
Natural Dyer + Textile Artist + Hancock Shaker Museum Artist-in-Residence, Brece Honeycutt, and RISD Museum Costume & Textiles Associate Curator + RISD Apparel Faculty Member, Laurie Brewer will discuss COLOR and ECOLOGY from history to present day. How does color’s relationship to regional ecology and history impact the curation of how colors are represented in fashion and textiles?

For more information or to submit questions for the series, contact Amy DuFault at amytropolis@gmail.com

6 thoughts on “RISD + Southeastern New England Fibershed’s Common Threads Series

  1. I look forward to being enlightened by all the information that will be offered during these series.

  2. Such important topics from those who have nurtured the earth for the good of all of us. I look forward to their messages.

  3. Hi June,

    Looks like RISD changed the link and made it go to a dead end by mistake. I just updated this blog post to have direct RSVPs to each event so please try again and sorry for the confusion!


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