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Slow Fashion Forum + “Mending Matters” Book Release Party at A Verb for Keeping Warm - Sunday, November 4th

Slow Fashion Forum

Join us for the West Coast launch and book party for NY-based author, Katrina Rodabaugh’s, newest book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim and More. 

As part of the book tour Katrina has organized a slow fashion panel with Bay Area fiber artists Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed, Sasha Duerr, Jen Hewett, Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, and Verb’s own Kristine Vejar. The event will start at 3pm with the panel discussion followed by a brief reading from the book and author signings.

This event is free! No RSVP needed. Seats are limited and are first come first served.

Date: Sunday, November 4th
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca is the Executive Director of Fibershed, and Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute. She has over a decade of  experience writing and implementing hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has presented at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of 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. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.

Sasha Duerr 

Sasha is an artist and designer who works with organic dyes and fibers, focusing on the creative reuse of materials, and reviving place-based recipes. She is dedicated to a cross-pollination of textiles and environmental systems thinking, gaining inspiration from the ecological principles found in permaculture, as well as from regenerative design for food, clothing, and shelter. In 2007, Sasha founded Permacouture Institute to encourage regenerative design and education in fashion and textiles. Through Permacouture, Sasha has addressed audiences on natural plant dyes and sustainable fashion and textiles at colleges and universities across the country, and consults to the fashion and textile industries. Sasha lectures widely in Slow Textiles and Fashion and is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes.

Jen Hewett

Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist and teacher. A lifelong Californian, Jen combines her love of loud prints and saturated colors with the textures and light of the California landscapes to create highly-tactile, visually-layered, printed textiles.

When she’s not creating in her San Francisco studio or teaching her popular block printing classes, she can be found hiking with her high-strung dog Gus, cycling on San Francisco’s less-hilly streets, or hiding out at her neighborhood wine bar.

Sonya Philip

As a self-taught artist, Sonya enjoys the freedom of exploring and stretching mediums. Disruption and identity play a large role in her work. The needle arts, traditionally associated with domesticity, are at once a display of femininity and a feminist statement. Her path started with macrame and sewing as a child, but knitting was the lingua franca she found in her twenties. Sonya is drawn to natural fibers and has respect for the direct connection to the plant or animal. She is at home straddling different worlds, whether through her mixed-race heritage or the mutually demanding roles of mother and artist.  

Katrina RodabaughKatrina is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Her artwork, writing, and designs have appeared in various galleries, magazines, theaters, juried craft fairs, and alternative arts venues. She published her first book, The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books in January 2015 and her blog, Made by Katrina, won the Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Katrina's work fuses sustainability and creativity and her current focus is on sustainable fashion and mending; it ranges from large-scale mixed media installations, to social practice projects, to cross-disciplinary collaborations, to textile and fiber objects, to small handmade crafts sold in her online shop.  

Kristine Vejar

Kristine is a natural dyer, the author of The Modern Natural Dyer, and the owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm. From making textiles throughout her life, and through living and studying in India, Kristine places a great importance on the need for handcrafted textiles in our society. She has seen everything from the joy to which the textile process can bring to a person and a community, to unfortunately, the dire circumstances of those around the world are placed within to create textiles and clothing for others. Her goal is to teach as many people as possible to sew and knit, in hopes that by sharing the time, energy, and materials it takes to create textiles, people will develop a greater first hand knowledge of textile production, and that they will share her belief in the great value of textiles and the process of making them hold in our lives. Her dream is to see the ethics and production of textiles in a fair and ecologically sensitive manner enter people's minds, just how it has for the organic and local food movement.