Whether as a technician or tutor I've always enjoyed teaching as it allows me to pass on the skills I'm fortunate to employ in my every day job. And in recent years I've also been lucky enough to add writing to my CV as a regular contributor to Laine magazine.
Back in 2018 I became involved in online discussions about the lack of diversity and representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) in the fibre community.
Exploring these conversations I wrote two articles - 'Black People Do Knit' and 'A Colourful Debate' - and created the POC Designers & Crafters List to highlight the work of People of Colour working with fibre. It soon became a valuable resource for those looking to be more intentionally inclusive when supporting the work of BIPOC artisans working with fibre.
That list has been developed into a standalone website. Now called BIPOC in Fiber it's an interactive directory of BIPOC fibre artists from across the globe, covering a broad range of craft disciplines. A must-visit site for publishers, event organisers and crafting individuals alike it showcases the talents of BIPOC in the global fibre community and is part of a movement working towards making a more inclusive fibre industry. It also highlighted the importance of BIPOC representation for creating real and lasting change in the crafting space.
One that's as diverse as the community it serves.