About Fabric Indulgence & Art Supply

 

OUR COMMITMENT

Commitment to the environment - Our fabrics and packaging are plastics-free and biodegradable because everybody deserves climate justice and a healthy ecosystem.

 

Commitment to social justice - Our products are free of exclusionary and insensitive images. Our vendors treat their employees with dignity and must demonstrate zero-tolerance for white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and ableism.

 

Commitment to uplifting emerging BIPOC creatives - Each year, we give an endowment of premium fabrics to a BIPOC design student for their graduating capstone collection.

 

Commitment to anti-capitalism - Capitalism is an ecomonic system that requires the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable workers and communities. Therefore, we do not partner with or use the services of any publically traded corporations. We only partner with other independently owned businesses committed to co-operative leadership, private ownership, community re-investment, and observable progressive activism.

 

Commitment to learning and community - We give monthly or anually to The Black Socialists of America, The Social Justice Sewing Academy, Emily Atkin's climate change newsletter HEATED, and Real Rent Duwamish.

 

MICHELLE'S STORY

Michelle Collyer

 

 

I'm a handweaver, quilter, and sewist who learned to stitch at a very young age from aunties and grandmas who, in turn, learned from their aunties and grandmas. For me, working with needle and cloth is as much about infusing my projects with the legacy of my ancestors as it is about exploring new and unusual techniques and motifs. I love the balance between traditions and innovation and I believe people are most creatively brave when they include their history in their narrative.

 

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

 

After college, I returned to my hometown (Seattle) just as jobs in the tech industry began proliferating. I then put my textile-oriented life on hold for twenty years while I 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.

 

My lifelong interest in civil rights and social justice advocacy also informs my work. I am currently interested 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 Collyer