Talented teams of farmers, designers and artisans created ‘grass-fed’ tops that were unveiled at the Grow Your Jeans event on October 3, 2015 in a fashion show facilitated by Andrea Plell

Emily Cunetto, Jackie Post, Deb Galway & Kirk Howard, Guanacos at Royal Fibers
Clockwise from top left: Emily Cunetto, Jackie Post, Deb Galway & Kirk Howard, Guanacos at Royal Fibers

Emily Cunetto is a knitwear designer and educator living in San Francisco, whose designs and practice are infused with a love of the Northern California landscape. For the Grow Your Jeans fashion show, Emily's 'grass-fed' top is inspired by the shape and texture of a vintage swing coat. This structured, classic garment is rooted in the local landscape with a special yarn spun by Jackie Post of Sheep to Shop. For this project, Jackie combined fleece from her Jacob sheep with Guanaco fiber from Dana Foss of Royal Fibers and alpaca fiber from Deb Galway of Menagerie Hill Ranch. See it styled on the runway and meet Emily and Jackie in the Marketplace at Grow Your Jeans. Learn more about Jackie Post's process from Sheep to Shop on the Fibershed blog. Find all the fiber producers for this garment in the farm producer directory.

 
Marlie de Swart, Martha Cant, Ken Kirkland, Allison Arnold and Mimi Luebbermann
Clockwise from top left: Marlie de Swart, Martha Cant, Ken Kirkland, Allison Arnold and Mimi Luebbermann

Marlie de Swart creates hand spun yarn and handmade garments with materials sourced within 50 miles of her home in Bolinas, California. Artistically trained in Holland, Paris, and Los Angeles, her Bo-Rage yarns and designs are elegant, rustic pieces that fit seamlessly into a Northern California wardrobe. For Grow Your Jeans, Marlie is creating a sleeveless top with colorful details in hand-dyed and natural colored Cormo yarn from Martha Cant of Starbuck Farm in Valley Ford. Marlie is also constructing a luxurious "fur" stole with wool from Starbuck Farm, Windrush Farm, Woolley Egg Ranch, and angora rabbit fiber from Alison Arnold. See Marlie's pieces on the runway with local denim at our celebration. A book of Marlie's knitting patterns will be published soon, and you can pre-order here. Find more of Marlie's designs in the Fibershed Marketplace. Learn more about each of the farms involved by clicking through our producer directory.

Kori Hargreaves, Sandra Charlton, and two of Sandra's sheep
Kori Hargreaves, Sandra Charlton, and two of Sandra's sheep

Kori Hargreaves of Ecotone Threads is a Santa Cruz-based fiber artist and natural dye gardener. Rooted in agroecological practices, she tends a flourishing dye garden, saves and sells seeds, as well as spins, weaves, and dyes fiber. Come to our Grow Your Jeans celebration to see Kori's 'grass-fed' top, a Saori style woven top in local wool which she spun, wove, designed, and sewed. For the warp, Kori used Sally Fox's pima cotton, and for the weft she traveled just a few miles away to connect with Sandra Charlton of Sheepie Dreams Organics who raises Romney and Wensleydale sheep on 5 acres in Santa Cruz. Visit Kori's garden and studio on the Fibershed blog.

Sierra Reading and Alexis Robertson
Sierra Reading and Alexis Robertson

Sierra Reading is a Fibershed artisan and youth fiber arts educator with a broad array of talents including dyeing, knitting, and garment design. To pair with locally grown and sewn denim, Sierra is knitting a boxy, slouchy top sure to be the perfect layering piece for the Bay Area climate. This top is truly grass fed, knit in Skyelark Ranch yarn from Alexis and Gillies Robertson's flock of California Red sheep raised on pasture in the Capay Valley. The California Red breed was developed at UC Davis, making this a truly local garment!

Myrrhia Resneck and Sally Fox
Myrrhia Resneck and Sally Fox

Myrrhia Resneck, the designer and producer behind Oakland-made Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, creates ethical clothing with sustainable materials and futuristic designs. An update on the age-old process of knitting, she designs garments digitally and knits them on an industrial machine, resulting in seamless, flowing garments with science-fiction inspired elements. For Grow Your Jeans, Myrrhia is making a menswear piece with graphic details, using Sally Fox's white and naturally colored cotton. This one-of-a-kind top will be available for purchase at the event. Find more of Myrrhia's Fibershed-certified work on her website

Kacy Dapp and Full Belly Farm
Kacy Dapp, sheep at Full Belly Farm, The Rivers Family of Full Belly Farm

Kacy Dapp's knitwear and enthusiasm featured prominently in Rebecca's Fibershed wardrobe several years ago, and Kacy's knack for designing with local yarn continues with a grass-fed top for the Grow Your Jeans celebration. Kacy's functional clothing and usefuls are built with local skill and ability through an education of materials and a reassociation with simple construction. The top will feature a lace pattern in the shape of cathedral peaks, reflecting Kacy's love for the hills of the Capay Valley, where the Full Belly Farm yarn she is using originated. Known for their annual Hoes Down celebration, Full Belly Farm produces a bountiful fruit and vegetable CSA and a line of organic wool yarn blending fleece from their Merino, Rambouillet, Suffolk, and Lincoln sheep. Take a virtual visit to Full Belly Farm on our blog. You can purchase Kacy's knitwear designs in the Fibershed Marketplace. Learn about Kacy's original Fibershed Project garment here.

Robin Pilatti, Red Creek Farm, Heidi Iverson, yarn spun by Robin, Janet Heppler, Barbara Fiorica
Clockwise from top left: Robin Pilatti, Red Creek Farm, Heidi Iverson, yarn spun by Robin, Janet Heppler, Barbara Fiorica

Heidi Iverson, one half of the Petaluma-based knitwear design brand HIJK, is known for her modern, thoughtful, minimal garments for everyday style. Her skills as an artisan were integral to the original Fibershed wardrobe, and to celebrate Grow Your Jeans she is knitting a top with handspun local yarn from a menagerie of the Fibershed. For this piece, Robin Chapin Pilatti, fiber artisan and founder of Fleece to Garment, spun a custom yarn blending cashmere from Barbara and Ron Fiorica of Caprette Cashmere, Merino wool with angora rabbit and angora goat locks from Janet Heppler of Nebo-Rock Ranch, and brown Merino wool as well as indigo-dyed Lincoln from Peggy Agnew of Red Creek Farm. Find Heidi Iverson's knitting designs and clothing in the Fibershed Marketplace. Read about Robin Chapin Pilatti on the Fibershed blog. Learn more about each of the farmers who contributed fiber in the Fibershed Producer Directory.

Clockwise from top left: Monica Paz Soldan, Leslie Adkins, Icelandic sheep, Vicki Arns
Clockwise from top left: Monica Paz Soldan, Leslie Adkins, Icelandic sheep, Vicki Arns

Monica Paz Soldan is the San Francisco-based artist behind Tiny Textiles, a line of original handmade designs featuring versatile knitwear and plant-dyed colorwork. Monica is a hand spinner, dyer and dye gardener, weaver, and knitter, and her design process and studio are featured on the Fibershed blog in this story. Monica is designing and knitting a top in a ribbed knit, with yarn handspun by Leslie Adkins that combines Icelandic wool from Leslie's own Heart Felt Fiber Farm, and both Suri and Huacaya alpaca from Vicki Arns of Alpaca Shire. Take a virtual visit to Heart Felt Fiber Farm on the Fibershed blog.

Kristine Vejar, Verb's new yarn called Flock, Japanese indigo
Kristine Vejar, Verb's new yarn called Flock, Japanese indigo

The Grow Your Jeans fashion show will feature a handknit top by Kristine Vejar, Fibershed artisan and owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm, a Fibershed retailer. Verb's newest California yarn, Flock, is a blend of three varieties of fleece from three northern California farms, selected by Kristine using the knowledge of fiber quality and characteristics that she has developed as a spinner: Cormo from Sue Reuser's flock, Targhee from a Mendocino county wool grower, and Corriedale from Cloverdale. For this top, Kristine has dyed Flock a medium blue in the Fibershed indigo fermentation vat that she cultivates at A Verb for Keeping Warm. The design is a collaboration with Cocoknits pattern designer Julie Weisenberger who is based in the Bay Area and teaches classes locally at Verb and Knitterly.

Clockwise from top left: Jen Kida, Noelle Gaberman. Lisa Colorado, Marie Hoff
Clockwise from top left: Jen Kida, Noelle Gaberman. Lisa Colorado, Marie Hoff

Jen Kida, one half of the design duo HIJK, is known for her modern knitwear with clean silhouettes. For the Grow Your Jeans celebration she is knitting a grass-fed top inspired by, in her words, a primitive knit, using yarn hand-spun by Marie Hoff of the Capella Grazing Project. Marie offers land management grazing with her flock of Ouessant sheep and teaches and organizes classes at hand • made studio in Bodega. For this top, Marie spun a yarn blending Ouessant fleece with alpaca fiber from Noelle Gaberman of West County Alpacas, and angora goat fiber from Lisa Colorado of Sonrisa Family Farms. Learn more about each of these farmers on the Fibershed blog:
• The Capella Grazing Project 
• Noelle Gaberman: A Life of Alpaca Artistry 
• Sonrisa Family Farms: The New Kids on the Block 

Adele Stafford and Sally Fox
Adele Stafford and Sally Fox

Adele Stafford is an Oakland-based weaver who conceptualizes, researches, and creates collections of handwoven garments under the name Voices of Industry. Each collection is directly tied to the land and farmers who raised the fiber, whom Voices of Industry considers "co-conspirators and friends." In 2014, Voices of Industry collaborated with Sally Fox to create a series of essential garments using the colorgrown cotton bred by Sally and grown in the Capay Valley. For Grow Your Jeans, Adele will once again work with Sally's cotton to create a boxy, oversize tee shirt featuring the naturally colored cotton and a woven drawing using indigo which was grown by Rebecca Burgess and dyed by Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm. Learn more about the Fibershed Indigo Project and Sally Fox's cotton breeding program on the Fibershed website.

 

 

 

More team profiles coming soon.

Photo credits: Photos of Jen Kida, Marie Hoff, Noelle Gaberman, Sally Fox, Monica Paz Soldan, Kristine Vejar, Kacy Dapp, Heidi Iverson, Sierra Reading, Marlie de Swart, Martha Cant, Ken Kirkland, Mimi Luebbermann by Paige Green. Photos of Lisa Colorado, Leslie Adkins, Full Belly Farm, Robin Pilatti, Alexis Robertson by Alycia Lang. Photo of Allison Arnold by Michael Keefe. Photo of Adele Stafford by Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle. Photo of Icelandic sheep by Leslie Adkins.