We’re winding up Fibreshed Melbourne in April 2020
It’s been an amazing experience for all of us. From small beginnings with individual blogs and the One year One outfit project in 2015; through to a board of four people who have delivered presentations, workshops, and a conference. Better yet, those activities have led to multiple connections, collaborations and new ideas.
It’s been a wild, wonderful and dare we say it…woolly ride 😉
We started Fibreshed Melbourne to contribute to the more sustainable world we wanted to see. We knew that in order to do that, the organisation needed to be financially sustainable. We’ve tried and tested several different models over the years. None of them quite worked, or fit, the holistic advocacy and supportive activities the Fibreshed Melbourne did best. We applied for charity status, but were unsuccessful. After looking at our remaining options, we have agreed that we have tried enough for now.
It’s time to move on and make space for something new.
In the five years that Fibreshed Melbourne has been in existence, we’ve seen huge changes in the textile and fashion ecosystem. Passionate, sustainable local businesses and artisans continue to put out amazing products. They’re the custodians of the skills and knowledge needed to make meaningful changes to how we make and use textiles in the mainstream. More local, sustainable products are available now than five years ago. There are more people looking to access those products, as well as more events and groups to help them find each other to build new and better ways to doing things. We salute and support the work of organisations such as:
- Wurundjeri Land Council’s Indigenous land management services
- Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
- Australian Fibre Collective
- Australian Fashion Council
- Australiasian Circular Textile Association
- Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials’ textile recycling research
We know this space will continue to evolve. We think what Fibreshed Melbourne worked to achieve remains valuable. We expect that others will continue to work on it in many different shapes and forms. We’ll be keeping our existing content – such as our website and social media – up and freely available for anyone who wants to access it. We’re happy to walk anyone through where we got to, and what we learnt along the way, so they can build on top of it with their own projects. The Natural Dye Conference will not be continued, unless someone expresses interest in taking it on.
We’re so very grateful to have met all of you wonderful, committed people and to have had the opportunity to work with you all. We’re casting off, but we’ll continue to be around as individuals.
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.