About Fabric Indulgence & Art Supply

 

Fabric Indulgence & Art Supply is an online purveyor of high-quality fabrics and supplies

Dedicated to empowering creativity, exploration, and expression. We find and gather some of the most unique textiles from around the world with a focus on premium and sustainable products as well as fabric dyes, ribbons, and trims.

My STORY

Michelle Collyer

 

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Meet Michelle-New Owner of Fabric InduLgence & Art supply

 

Michelle is a handweaver, quilter, and sewist. She learned to stitch at a very young age from aunties and grandmas who, in turn, learned from their aunties and grandmas. For her, working with needle and cloth is as much about infusing her work with the legacy of her ancestors as it is about exploring new and unusual techniques and motifs. She loves the balance between traditions and innovation and she believes people are most creatively brave when they include their history in their narrative.

 

In 1998, Michelle earned a B.S. in Fiber Arts from the University of Oregon. Under master weaver Barbara Setsu Picket, she broke from her family tradition of sewing and embellishing textiles and became a first-generation weaver. During this time, she also became a skilled dyer, mastering the indigo vat and using commercially available dyes like Procion. She learned to coax vibrant hues from naturally occurring dye stuffs as well, her favorites being shining gold coreopsis and brilliant red cochineal.

 

After college, Michelle returned to Seattle just as jobs in the tech industry began proliferating. She then put her textile-oriented life on hold for twenty years while she designed file-sharing systems then, later, managed digital accessibility working groups, ensuring websites and mobile apps work for people who use assistive technologies like screen readers, captioning, and magnification while applying principals of universal design that make the online experience accessible to us all.

Michelle also has a lifelong interest in civil rights and social justice advocacy. She is currently involved in movements to increase public awareness and create long range policy around environmental justice, including the effects of plastics waste on health. An offshoot of which is, unsurprisingly, a commitment to natural fiber textiles, home-sewn textile products, and reducing waste in art, fashion, and craftmaking.

 

Michelle has since left the corporate world for more focused and fulfilling life. While she hasn?t woven recently, her loom is always ready to go the moment inspiration strikes. Meanwhile, she sews regularly and is never far from needle and cloth.