A magical exploration of Oregon's historic linen industry.
"In the broad Willamette Valley,
There's a village quaint and small
With its blue-eyed flax of summer
And its golden flax of fall;
Where the toilers in the flax plant
And the toilers in the field
Pause to celebrate each autumn
All the flax their labor yields."
Oregon Flax Song By Barbara Pauli
Read Flax and Linen: An Uncertain Oregon Industry by featured historian Steve M. Wyatt here: https://ohs.org/research-and-library/oregon-historical-quarterly/upload/Wyatt_Flax-and-Linen_OHQ_95_3_Summer-1994.pdf
Catalyzing a Regenerative West Coast Fiber System
Fibershed has developed an initiative to coordinate and implement a manufacturing strategy that will regionalize the production of textiles and contribute to climate solutions. The Regional Fiber Manufacturing Initiative will:
Fibrevolution co-founders Shannon Welsh and Angela Wartes-Kahl have both been asked to serve on the Board for the RFMI. Angela will serve on the Material Production committee and Shannon will serve on the Manufacturing committee, with the Stewardship committee and Chiefs of Staff as the backbone of the Initiative.
You can learn more and follow the work of the RFMI here:
YarnStories - A podcast telling the tales behind our favorite fibers
"Fibrevolution’s mission is to bring flax and linen production back to the state of Oregon (and really the United States). We’ll talk a little today about what happened to the industry there and what challenges Shannon and Angela face trying to bring it back."
Listen to Podcast here: Episode 215: Fibrevolution with Shannon Welsh
"Can these Oregon producers bring linen back to the U.S.?"
View video - Weaving a New Future For U.S. Fashion Economy
GIST yarn & fiber / "Contextualizing Textiles" for the GIST Weave Podcast
Listen to Episode 45: Regenerative Regional Flax Production with Angela Wartes-Kahl of Fibrevolution
Eugene and Felix McConville's family have been involved in the scutching of flax for linen production for countless years. Together these brothers work to keep this century's old craft alive for future generations by offering tours of their flax museum and water powered flax scutch mill near Dromore in Co Down, Northern Ireland. This is the last water powered scutch mill still working today. We had the pleasure of visiting with Eugene and Felix McConville and got a first hand look at this mighty mill in action.
Bringing linen production back to the Pacific Northwest!
For 3 years Fibrevolution has been immersed in all things flax and linen. We are growing an industry invested in the health of seeds, soil, workers, and wearers by reviving linen production in the Pacific Northwest. As of August 2018, we finished hand harvesting our second organically grown flax fiber crop. In order to scale up and truly grow a linen economy in Oregon, we are seeking the funds to purchase specialized harvesting equipment through an Indiegogo crowdfund campaign, which will go live for funding on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
Please follow link to sign up to get the latest updates and find out when we launch! -
Help Us Bring Linen Back to the Pacific Northwest!
From fields of golden flax to linen fiber...
Oregon's Willamette Valley has a storied history with linen fiber, and a bright future ahead. A follow-up to the enthusiastic response of 2018 Design Week's panel discussion, "Connecting Threads: Rebuilding our Domestic Apparel System", Shannon Welsh and Angela Wartes-Kahl of Fibrevolution, present a primer about this incredible bast fiber. They will talk about some of its close relatives, its evolution worldwide and in our region, as well where this revived industry is heading domestically and what steps Fibrevolution is taking to move it forward.
A fascinating and relevant topic for anyone interested in local agriculture, organic farming, textile manufacturing, land use, apparel, sustainable building materials, craft, design, local industry.
This event is free and and seats are limited. Please RSVP below to ensure your spot.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30TH
5:30PM - 8:00PM
403 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
SEATING IS LIMITED. PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND.
Refreshments provided, come thirsty!
THANK YOU TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS:
ACE HOTEL PORTLAND // BRIDGEPORT BREWING // COOPER MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS // MONTINORE ESTATE VINEYARDS // STEVEN SMITH TEAS // THE SUTTLE LODGE & BOATHOUSE
Here's a look at the history of fiber flax in Oregon and the process in which fiber flax goes through to produce linen.