Book Talk: Rebecca Burgess, Regionalizing our Fibre & Natural Dye Systems | MAR 30

March 2, 2021

Join Rebecca Burgess on March 30, as she discusses regionalizing fibre and natural dye systems through her book Fibershed. Rebecca will expand on embracing material culture as a means to expand our ecological sensibilities and as a grounding force to understand our impact, and the role material culture can play in creating systems that divest from harm and invest in supporting our regional economies and ecosystems.

Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 PM PST
Free & Open to All – RSVP Here

This free talk is organized by EartHand Gleaners Society as part of their Weaving our Community SkillShed: Tending our Community FibreShed program made possible by the support of Vancouver Park Board Neighbourhood Matching Fund.

Following the talk, EartHand Gleaners will form a virtual reading group for Rebecca’s book, Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy.  A limited number of books available for loan through the Shumka Centre.

Emily Carr students, faculty, staff, alumni and Community Partners can loan the book physically or electronically through the Library.



About Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed, and Chair of the Board for Carbon Cycle Institute. She has over a decade of experience writing and implementing a hands-on curriculum that focuses on the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has taught at Westminster College, Harvard University, and has created workshops for a range of NGOs and corporations. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America, and Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy released in 2019. She has facilitated an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.

About EartHand Gleaners Society

Founded as an arts-based non-profit in 2013, EartHand Gleaners Society’s specialty is connecting makers with materials that come directly from the land around them; we model ‘How to be a Producer without first being a Consumer’. By working with the plants around us using ancestral skills common to all cultures, we inspire participants to discover cultural connections, learn new skills, and discover novel sources of raw materials for creative practices, including garden waste, invasive plants, and textile waste.