2. Judith, Skein RI website
Judith Thomas has been a lifelong practitioner of (and master of some) many craft arts, from basketry to book binding, from weaving and dyeing to teaching these crafts to adults and children. She served as the Handwork Teacher at the East Bay Waldorf School for many years. Judith, a regular at the Richmond Center for the Arts, has produced many fine and complex pieces on the loom, particularly those working in linen and silk.
She founded Ariadne’s Thread which has delivered the curriculum for Weaving a Life to many small groups of women. Working on a traveling loom, practitioners of Weaving a Life create a series of forms, including a mask, power belt and amulet bag, doll, basket, which invite states of being into one’s life and invite others to leave! Destiny for instance saw her novel manuscript for Burning Silk published at the conclusion of her Weaving a Life series.
3. Skein, Destiny
Destiny has been at work on The Textile Trilogy, a study of the nineteenth century in the United States through the novel, for close to twenty years.
The first novel, published in 2011, Burning Silk, won a first book prize through the independent Book Publishers Association and was well reviewed. The second novel, Linen Shroud, which takes place around the U. S. Civil War, a time of great irreversible change in this country, will be released in 2016. Destiny has been working on the final novel in the trilogy, Oil & Water, from the beginning of her work in prose forms and research into textiles, inspired by her own female line.
Destiny’s involvement in textiles began with her first job in the SF Bay Area with Alvin Duskin Manufacturing and continued in Aspen Colorado with a venture with Susan Logan and Mollie Favour. Sun Shine Down produced a successful line of children’s down vests throughout the Rockies.
Destiny travelled to Northern Ireland, France, Flanders and the early oil fields of western NY/PA to collect information about the origins of silk, linen wool, cotton and synthetics.
Sally Fox’s organic cotton, a relative of the hibiscus, occurs naturally in several warm colors. Cotton was hybridized to create the white version.
4. Skein, Judith, Destiny and Fibershed
Judith and Destiny’s common interests in textiles has naturally evolved into the formation of Skein, Reinhabitory Institute’s latest venture. Is it a coincidence that their introduction to the newly forming Fibershed in the Bay Area blossomed fully into a collaboration on many fronts?
Destiny participated in a large felt making project of Fibershed’s, to produce interior walls and insulation for the yurt they were building.