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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org