In between exploring and participating in all of the official Seminar 2021 activities, you may need a break or would like to be inspired by other interesting sites. The organizing committee has shared the following sites, books, resources, etc. Some are fibre-related, some focus on sustainability and some are just interesting - but all caught our interest so we decided to share them with you. Do you also have a recommendation that you would like to see included here? Please take a couple of minutes to share your gem(s) using the form below. Enjoy!
- Blog: A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry: A look at history and popular culture - early Spring 2021, this historian prepared a 5 part series that focused on textile production in the Western world from antiquity to before the industrial revolution. Though this historian is not a fibre-person, his series looks at the people involved in the various stages of wool and linen production during this timeframe.
- Youtube Channel: Long Thread Media - the new company that formed after SpinOff, Handwoven and PieceWork was sold from Interweave Press | Website: Long Thread Media
- Youtube Video: Harris Tweed Textiles - video outlining the history and weaving of Harris Tweed
- Website: Sustainable Jungle - is a space to share tips for a more sustainable life
- Website: Sustain Your Style - is an independent platform made by people who like fashion and style but are concerned about the current practices of the fashion industry
- Website + Organization: Slow Fashion Movement - a global site that strives to use fashion as a tool for change
- Website + Organization: The Upper Canada Fibreshed - is an affiliate not-for-profit within the international Fibershed network. We nourish emerging, bioregional textile communities of producers and consumers, that value sustainable agriculture and hyper-local textile manufacturing. We believe that supporting bioregional textile networks will change the way we make, purchase and use textiles, envisioning a different culture based on soil-to-soil systems for environmental regeneration.
Just Plain Interesting Resources:
- Website: Antique Pattern Library - a collection of craft patterns that are in the public domain to preserve our craft heritage
- Youtube Channel: Bernadette Banner - documentation and construction historically inspired garments using hand sewing and historical machinery methods
- Website: Creative Commons - a publicly funded nonprofit site to increase access to cultural, educational and creative works in order to fill knowledge gaps to promote a more equitable, innovative world. For more information about digital content available for CC reuse, visit the site
- Youtube Channel: Morgan Donner - a self-taught maker of historical garments - check out her 'How to make a 500-year-old dress' series of videos
- Website + App: Google Arts and Culture - features content from over 2000 museums and archives from around the world
- Youtube Channel: Cathy Hay - the founder of the award-winning online community Foundations Revealed, which helps ambitious dressmakers to connect, learn together, and realize their most daring sewing dreams.
- Book: Else Ostergard, Woven into the Earth: Textiles from Norse Greenland, 2009 - an extensive collection of textile archaeological finds with many clear photographs showing details such as weave structure, spinning tools, construction seams, etcetera
- Book: Kassia St Clair, The Secret Lives of Colour, 2016 - history of colour from ancient times to present
- Book: Kassia St Clair, The Golden Thread,
- Podcast: Old Gods of Applalachia -
- Website: Open Culture - free cultural and educational media online (courses, sources, etc) - huge treasure trove to check out!
- Podcast + Website: The History Chicks - Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.
- Website: Smithsonian Magazine - a collection of articles posted daily that explore many topics relating to history and culture