WINDING  UP

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:

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. 

OUR WORK

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.

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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)

Ruth Gale
Ruth Gale

Director

Ruth’s passion for working with volunteers and her love of the crochet hook makes her a perfect fit for helping our Fibreshed grow. Ruth is an enthusiastic professional with strong leadership skills and capability to work effectively in community development to support programs that positively impact the local community. Her experience includes volunteer management, governance, policy development, content development for publications and online training, instructional design as well as research design and implementation.