Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
Deeply Rooted: How Soil Connects Us
Opening date: January 26, 2023, 4:00 p.m.
Chico Enterprose-Record: Is flax the future? Chico weaver hopes so
April 1, 2022 CHICO — This flax is the good stuff.
Local weaver and Chico Flax co-founder Sandy Fisher has been accepted into the Smithsonian Craft Show taking place April 20 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for her woven crafts using flax linen, a material that she has been experimenting with since 2012.
The Good Dirt With Mary & Emma of Lady Farmer
The wonderful Mary & Emma of Lady Farmer invited us to join their podcast, The Good Dirt, this week to discuss how garments made from flax fibers will create opportunities for employment and for meaningful craft. Read the original post here, or follow along below –
Growing flax and processing it into linen is one of the oldest methods of clothing manufacturing on the planet. Sandy Fisher and Durl Van Alstyne have prided themselves in reviving this old craft here in the United States through their company, The Chico Flax Project. Through their work, they are bringing a new industry and social enterprise for fiber production of flax to Northern California in collaboration with local community members, farmers, artisans, and institutions.
For Sandy, weaving has always been an important part of her life—beginning as a young child when she learned how to knit. In 2012, a phone call during the Bangladesh fires inspired her to grow flax on her plot to use for weaving clothes. Durl is equally drawn to using natural fibers for clothing, his background coming from teaching at public schools for the past 35 years. Now, he works alongside his wife as a regenerative agricultural flax farmer.
In this week’s episode, we will discuss how garments made from flax fibers will create opportunities for employment and for meaningful craft, the process of designing clothes from natural fibers, and how they began The Chico Flax Project. Interested in learning more about Sandy’s and Durl’s story? Join us on this week’s episode to find out more.
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform.
- Weaving with flax seeds
- Process of designing clothes from natural fibers
- Impact of Covid-19 on agriculture
- Increasing the market of domestically grown linen
On this program we learned about local fiber systems—how to grow, process, weave, and produce locally grown fabric, while at the same time sequestering carbon dioxide and building a local economy. Sandy Fisher is the creator of Chico Flax, as well as a farmer and weaver and creative genius. Her partner is Durl Van Alstyne, who has become a central figure in Chico Flax. They spoke with us about the mission of their project, their nine-year experience with flax and fabric, and their plans for the future.
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