Summer is the best time for really embracing and preparing the bounty of locally grown fruits and veggies so we’ve got a challenge for you, for all of July and August, show us your food and your fibers! We know you’re catching yourself in that organic cotton t-shirt eating rhubarb crisp or shucking local oysters in a pair of overalls you found at Goodwill so show us, tell us and share with the community that you have some sort of connection to what you eat and to what you wear.
You will make our hearts sing.
When you tell your story, tag us on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #foodandfiberstories and you’ll be in the running for some pretty great (bi-monthly) giveaways from our friends-prizes that include everything from our favorite cookbooks and natural dye books to indigo hand towels, seed to shirt certified t-shirts, fair trade coffee and more.
July 5-July 12: The Dogwood Dyer + Patagonia Provisions
July 13-20: Fragmentario + The Nourished Kitchen
Fragmentario’s Summer in a jar! These jars come with a 21″ X 21″ silk charmeuse bandana, dye material, string, and a zine with an overview of dyeing with plants and further instructions. Just add water and wait for the dye stuff to colorize the fabric!
The Nourished Kitchen features farm-to-table recipes for the traditional foods lifestyle featuring bone broths, fermented vegetables, grass-fed meats, wholesome fats, raw dairy, and kombuchas.
July 20-27: Seam Siren + Foraged Flora
This beautiful Seam Siren tote is made from one of the purest fibers on earth: hand crafted nettle fiber from the Himalayas. Creating a beneficial social and environmental impact at every step of creation from the soil to your body, the Seam Siren tote has no chemicals, no synthetic dyes, and is made with 100% natural fiber that is hand harvested, hand spun and hand woven in Nepal with all the sewing done in Portland, Oregon.
Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers By Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale (Photographed by Laurie Frankel), is a gorgeously photographed new take on flower arranging using local and foraged plants and flowers to create beautiful arrangements, with ideas and inspiration for the whole year. From roadside fennel to flowering fruit trees, Foraged Flora is a new vision for flowers and arranging.
July 28-August 4: Harvesting Color + Snoqualmie Yarn
Thanks to Tolt Yarn and Wool, we have two skeins of Snoqualmie Valley Yarn, the product of a collaboration between Jeff and Katya Rogers of Aspen Hollow Sheep Farm and Anna and Greg Dianich owners of Tolt Yarn and Wool. Aspen Hollow Sheep Farm is in the beautiful, fertile Snoqualmie Valley. Jeff and Katya Rogers tend their sheep using organic practices, and skillful pasture management. Aspen Hollow Sheep are exclusively grass fed.
We are pairing that with a copy of Rebecca Burgess’ amazing book Harvesting Color, which identifies 36 different different plants that you can use to create gorgeous color.
August 5-11: Sasha Duerr’s seasonal color wheel print + her book, Natural Color
Just like food is in season, so is color, and in this week’s giveaway we have a copy of Sasha Duerr‘s beautiful seasonal color wheel, as well as a copy of her book Natural Color: Vibrant plant dye projects for your home and wardrobe.
August 12-24: A subscription to Comestible and wild dye flower seeds from Bedhead Fiber and Pollinator Project
Comestible is a bi-annual journal published by our own Anna Brones dedicated to food, where it comes from and the people who grow it. There’s also the occasional article covering food and fiber crossover! We are pairing that with a packet of dye flower seeds from Bedhead Fiber and the Pollinator Project. These seeds are good for attracting pollinators, and you can dye with all the plants that result from them.
Worth trying for? Well get on it! And don’t think everything has to be organic or local (though of course we love that), if you have clothing or a recipe that has meaning to you and a good story, we’ll take it. The purpose of this summer experiment is simply to share consciousness about the food we eat and the clothing we wear. Maybe if we keep paying attention, this stuff becomes just part of our daily reflection and we can rewire our brains for the good.
We’ll be looking for you and ready to promote your pics…
Amy, Anna and Jenny
The cover image is Food & Fibers Project team member Anna Brones wearing a “seed to shirt certified” t-shirt from TS Designs to raise consciousness about sweatshop labor while holding her locally grown lettuce and reading what else, but her very own Comestible Journal.
Anna says, “My friends at Tater Tats were running a campaign to challenge people to post vegetable selfies. I figured why not use it as an opportunity to look at the crossover of food and fashion? We’re constantly talking about where our food comes from, particularly this time of year when farmers markets are in full swing and we’re enjoying all the abundance that is summer produce. But our clothes never get the same treatment, so this was the prime opportunity to put all the concepts together and help people to connect the dots.”
The lead image is Food & Fibers Project team member Amy DuFault wearing a Dogwood Dyer indigo dyed, vintage nightgown and carrying her farm CSA greens to work in Brooklyn in a bag for an Oyster CSA she just signed up for on Cape Cod where she lives. That sounds ridiculous but it’s true.
Amy says “I was on the subway staring at my oyster bag, when I realized I knew not only where all the food in the bag was grown and who farmed it, but the local businesswoman I bought the vintage nightgown from, the dyer who dyed the dress indigo and even where the indigo came from! Not everyday is like this but I loved connecting all the dots and having an aha moment about my own traceability for my food and fiber. )