Fibreshed Field School

Led by Emily Smith, Fibreshed Field School ​is an experiential mentorship program that investigates ecologically sensitive and economically viable methods of local textile production.

This program is inspired by and works collaboratively with Fibershed, an international network founded by Rebecca Burgess. Fibershed develops regional and regenerative fibre systems on behalf of independent working producers, by expanding opportunities to implement carbon farming, forming catalytic foundations to rebuild regional manufacturing, and through connecting end-users to farms and ranches through education.

The program offers

  • Industry exposure and knowledge transfer between fibre producers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Immersion in the hands-on, real world context where fibres are grown, harvested, and processed.
  • Practice and support as well as greater understanding of how to instantiate ideas and make projects happen outside of the classroom.

This program is generously supported by the Accountability Council for Co-op Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACCE-WIL) and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.