For the last 7 years I have been frustrated by the lack of people of color in the Los Angeles indie dyer scene. The social justice movements of late have brought this issue to the forefront.
I am Mexican American. Textile arts are in my blood, yet I see so little representation in the indie fiber world. @frostyarn and I have offered scholarships in each dyeing workshop we've had, but it seems more is needed.
So we at The Knitting Tree, L.A. have decided to do something about it.
We are going to make indie dyers from within this great City of Angels! We going to mentor 5 people of color for 6 months, starting in January.
What will be offered is education on the full process if indie dyeing, from choosing the right fibers, dyes, and tools, to packaging and selling yarn on our "LA in Color" indie dyer's wall and other venues. Emphasis will be on finding your own style, and getting the information and tools you need to start your own yarn business. You will have access to TKTLA's studio and equipment.
Applicants must be people of color who live in LA County (no exceptions) with an extreme love of the fiber arts and color. You must be driven, perfectionistic, and really serious about dyeing yarn on a large scale. Applications will be available soon.
Donations will go towards set up and supplies for this program. Thank you!!