Closing our doors didn't stop our outreach into the community
Textiles West's mission is to connect community through the power of making, sustain the traditions, skills and art of textiles and promote awareness of the massive impact of the textile industry on the planet to incite change for a better tomorrow. Our education programming reconnects our students with the processes, skills, traditions and history of textiles in fun, creative experiences where they learn first hand how to sew, spin, dye, weave and knit.
While it was devistating to have to lock our studio doors and cancel all of the programming, both in our studios and our outreach programs, we didn't stay down for long. We realized that now more than ever our community needs the healing power of art, the stress reduction that comes with creativity and the distraction that comes with making.
We worked hard with our local library team to take our Maker in Residence project on-line, write tutorials and record a video class. We still felt this pressing need in our community to collaborate together to create something bigger than our selves. We launched the Felted Rock River Project. We recorded a video to teach the ancient process of felting and created a way for community members to get the needed wool fibers from our studio.
Most of our programming is self-funded. We rely on our class and workshop income to pay our operating expenses, teachers and support our non-funded work in the community. Losing our ability to teach has impacted our teachers, our team and our ability to cover rent.
We are asking you, to support our mission to keep these life skills alive, reduce the impact of textiles on the planet and most importantly help us rebuild a community that is supported during this difficult time through the power of making.
Your gift will provide immediate financial support for our team members who are working without pay, cover Textiles West's basic operating expenses and provide compensation for teachers to hold classes for community members who need the community building, healing and stress reducing benefits of making and creativity.