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SCHS: Native Plant Palettes - Creating Dyes from our Fibershed
At our next monthly meeting, we welcome Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed and Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute.

This evening’s presentation will focus on the California ecosystems and specific plant species that offer light and colorfast hues for textiles, and will also explore our region’s fibershed through the lens of plants and whole ecosystems – including our working landscapes. There is a major disconnect between what we wear and our knowledge of its impact on land, air, water, labor and health. Burgess will enlighten us about the biological and human cultural context from which our clothing derives and how understanding, engaging and supporting this system is key to solving global crises – including climate disruption and the rampant inequity within global supply chains that make our clothing.

To learn more about this intriguing topic ahead of our May program, you can also visit Burgess’ website at www.fibershed.org.

The webinar schedule is as follows:

7:10 pm - Webinar opens with SCHS Announcements
7:15 pm - Plant Forum
7:30 pm - Lecture and Q&A with Rebecca Burgess

May 13, 2021 07:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Rebecca Burgess
Executive Director, Chair of the Board @Fibershed, Carbon Cycle Institute (respectively)
Rebecca has over a decade of experience writing and implementing a hands-on curriculum on restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and created workshops for NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America, and Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy released in 2019. She has facilitated an extensive network of farmers and artisans within the Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale. Her work focuses on developing the vision and funding required for operational planning and execution. She oversees the implementation of the organization’s programs and projects and executes and manages special projects for Fibershed’s strategic partnerships with sister organizations within agriculture and design. PC: Paige Green