OUR MISSION

Fibreshed Melbourne supports our local economy to access locally produced, sustainable textiles. We want our clothes to benefit the land and people in and around Melbourne.  

We advocate for a transparent, accessible and sustainable local textile network from its beginnings at the farm to its return to the soil at the end of its life. We do this by expanding carbon farming opportunities, rebuilding the foundations of regional manufacturing, and connecting end-users to their local supply chain in a personal way.

Fibreshed Melbourne is the only organisation in Australia that takes a cross-sector view of the textile ecosystem. Our holistic, relationship driven approach delivers desirable, viable and feasible solutions for the entire community.

Photo by Andrew Lance



Fibreshed Melbourne is part of the Fibershed Affiliate Program, an international grassroots network that promotes the development of regional fiber systems communities. Fibershed’s work develops supply chains to create clothing that will become the new standard in a world looking to rapidly mitigate the effects of climate change.


OUR TEAM

Rachel Bucknall
Rachel Bucknall

Co-Founder

Rachel’s frustration over the lack of information and transparency available about the clothing she wore lead her to start Fibreshed Melbourne. She brings her design thinking expertise to Fibreshed Melbourne’s strategic approach and focus projects. Rachel is a Melbourne-based designer with over ten years’ experience of leading not-for-profits, governments, small businesses and creative agencies through the design process – from uncertainty to actionable solutions. Rachel is a past board member of Creative Women’s Circle. She publishes and presents regularly on design topics. With a strong focus on visual communication, sustainability and community building, she uses her methodical, thoughtful, nuanced and supportive approach to connect user and provider viewpoints. She works to better understand people’s motivations and behaviour to deliver long-lasting outcomes. (Photo by Andrew Lance)

Nicki Colls
Nicki Colls

Co-Founder

As a designer, knitter, weaver and seamstress of her own clothes Nicki has a passion for textiles. She is the creator of a Fibershed maker’s movement and has been instrumental in the foundation of Fibreshed Melbourne as she believes connecting communities around slow fashion is the way forward. Nicki is a sustainability professional with 15 years of leading change projects as both a project manager and business manager. Reframing sustainability as a value proposition through integrated communications is her superpower. Nicki has project managed the delivery of the carbon accreditation programs for government, been leader of teams achieving best practice sustainability awards and developed and implemented new economic models for sustainability in Government Housing. (Photo by Kerry Bardot)

Maia Sauren
Maia Sauren

Co-Founder

Maia believes there is no such thing as too much yarn, but with great yarn comes great responsibility. She got involved with Fibreshed to ensure that all of these stages in fibre production have minimal impact on the environment, and involve ethical treatment of animals and workers. As a scientist working in software, her work has had her involved with teams up and down the east coast of Australia, as well as working directly and online with teams located across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Maia is co-chair of Open Knowledge Australia, and has been heavily involved in forming the Open Knowledge community in Melbourne and beyond. In 2013, Maia started HealthHack, and has also been an executive committee member of Australian Science Communicators. (Photo by Andrew Lance)