The Rust Belt Fibershed consists of 250 mile radius outside of Cleveland, Ohio including parts of Michigan, southern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York. It is our goal to build a community that collaboratively supports locally grown textiles in a way that decrease consumption of fast fashion and works to restore the soil. We aspire to connect everyone in all parts of our local fiber system: farmers, fiber processors–from large mills to home spinners, weavers, dyers and fiber artists–to designers, shop owners, consumers, and fiber enthusiasts. Through this project, we hope to foster friendship, creativity, and a greater respect for our environment, as well as an understanding of the impact we share in our corner of the world.
Regenerate our Planet
Build a Local Economy
EVENTS AND OUTREACH
Jess is an educator and fiber artist who has been working with natural dyes since 2008. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she works with her twin sister, Sarah Pottle, to promote ethical fashion and use of Natural Dyes through their project, Drift Lab Textile Co. As a community events and outreach coordinator, Jess plans events that not only engage and educate the Rust Belt Fibershed community but also hold space for people to come together to discuss the importance of local labor, dyes, and carbon beneficial impact of our soil-to-soil textile industry.
Sarah is an educator, weaver, dyer, fiber-enthusiast, and advocate. She is passionate about helping our community within our fibershed understands how fiber has the potential to bring us together and make our community healthier. She believes that this area of the Midwest has so many resources to offer in terms of fiber farmers, local labor, and artisans who truly know the craft, and that by connecting these people with consumers, we can build relationships, improve soil quality, and wear and use items we are truly proud to own.
Sarah is also the co-founder of Drift Lab Textile Co., a natural dye studio located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Sarah is in charge of Producer Outreach and Partnerships at Rust Belt Fibershed.
ORGANIZER- DAYTON FIBERSHED
Namita began the Dayton Fibershed in 2019. This fibershed brings together farmers, designers, and consumers in the Miami Valley area of Ohio. As a smaller organization within the Rust Belt Fibershed, there is possibility for more targeted work that is specific to the Dayton region.
Namita is currently organizing a Fibershed Symposium in Dayton, OH on October 5, 2019. Stay tuned for details!