Events Open for Registration

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • 13 Oct 2022
    • Online via Zoom (Eastern Time) - FREE Members Only Event

    Meet a Member: A Series of Fireside Chats with WARP Members 

    NOTA: puede ver la historia en español abajo del inglés.

    This program is a series of monthly Fireside Chats (on Zoom) with a different WARP member each month. To keep these conversations intimate, each session will be limited to 25 participants. (This month with two sessions to choose from, one in English and one in Spanish.)

    Elena Laswick grew up in Tucson, AZ, on a steady diet of mariachi, beans, folklórico, and Navajo rugs, which developed her sense of belonging somewhere between Latin America and the US and is why she is passionate about textiles, indigenous rights, and cultural preservation. She resides full time in Nebaj, Guatemala where she works with Maya Ixil weavers on small-scale private label design projects in her free time (as Ixil Collective). She also liaises with artisans in different parts of Guatemala and Peru (through a business partner in Cusco), as Amano Marketplace, all while working remotely for Capital Access as a Quality Control Manager, giving out COVID Emergency Rental funding in Pennsylvania.

    Ixil Collective is a collaboration with Maya Ixil weavers living in the towns of Chajul, Cotzal and Nebaj in the Quiché region of Guatemala. Ixil Collective was created to help these remote artisans earn a more substantial market share. Amano Marketplace is a platform for Latin American artisans to share their designs and stories, where you can learn more about traditional art forms and find unique, handmade items. Join us for the Fireside Chat with Elena to learn more about these projects!

    Sessions for Fireside Chats with WARP member Elena Laswick

    Wednesday, October 12th at 4 pm Eastern (English)
    Thursday, October 13th at 4 pm Eastern (Spanish)

    Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please only register if you are certain you can attend, to ensure no one misses the opportunity to participate. If the event is full, please register for the waitlist and we will notify you if space opens up. (And if we get a very long waitlist, we will add an additional session.) Please note that these programs will be recorded and shared on the members only section of the WARP website for interested members to watch later.

    This is a free event, limited to WARP members only. If you would like to attend, please join WARP here.

    Conozca un Miembro: Una Seria de Conversaciones en frente de la Chimenea con miembros de WARP 

    Este programa será conversaciones casuales, Fireside Chats, por Zoom, con miembros diferentes cada mes. Para mantenerlas íntimas, cada sesión será limitada a 25 participantes, con dos sesiones como opciones, una en inglés y una en español. 

    Sesiones de Fireside Chats con Miembro de WARP Elena Laswick:

    Miércoles, octubre 12, 4pm Costa Este – inglés

    Jueves, octubre 13, 4pm Costa Este – español

    La inscripción es primero-llega-primero-inscrito. Por el hecho que es cupo limitado, por favor inscribirse sólo si cree que puede asistir para estar seguro que nadie pierda la oportunidad de participar. Si el evento está lleno, por favor ponga su nombre en la lista de espera y le notificaremos si un espacio se abre. Si tenemos una lista de espera muy larga podríamos crear una sesión adicional. Nota: las sesiones van estar grabadas y compartidas en la página de nuestra website para Solamente Miembros (Members Only) entonces miembros interesados pueden verlas más tarde.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • On Zoom (Eastern Time / New York) - Free and Open to All

    Around the World in 80 Fabrics (ATW80F) is an educational non-profit that weaves people and fibers together for the planet. Through the documentation of responsibly and ethically made textiles, ATW80F raises awareness of the environmental, climate, human rights and overall health impacts of our petroleum-based fast-fashion wardrobes.

    Around the World in 80 Fabrics poses the question, ”Can our clothing choices help repair and restore instead of destroy our dwindling natural and cultural resources?” The ATW80F team invites us to join their adventures exploring the wild diversity of natural fibers and the makers behind them. From the wisdom of diverse indigenous cultures to cutting edge innovations in recycling and biofabrication, they showcase and share the myriad win-win alternatives to fast fashion fabrics.

    Join us on Saturday, October 15th at 1 pm US Eastern time for a conversation with the ATW80F team: Co-Creators, Tierney Thys and Carroll Dunham, and Outreach Director, Lesli Robertson.


    Dr. Tierney Thys is a National Geographic Explorer, biologist, author, filmmaker and Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. As a scientist, veteran storyteller and Nat Geo Expedition expert for more than 20 years, she is committed to catalyzing biodiversity conservation through art and science.  She serves on the science advisory boards for Think Beyond Plastic, Plastic Pollution Coalition and was a member of the TED Braintrust. Enamored  with fabrics since a young age, she roams the globe continually impressed by the wealth of ingenious makers and textile communities  creating renewable, ethical alternatives to fossil-fuel-based fast fashion.

    A medical anthropologist, Buddhist chaplain, and social entrepreneur, Carroll Dunham has called Nepal home for thirty years and is founder of Wild Earth, a company that promotes Himalayan plant wisdom and provides work for women. National Geographic Expeditions leader, author of four books, she has worked on over 12 film projects for National Geographic, BBC, PBS, Channel 4. Fascinated by the natural history of textiles, with an anthropological storytelling lens, Carroll is interested in the interface of nature, culture and the people behind the fibers as we look to what we might wear as a species post petroleum.

    Lesli Robertson is an interdisciplinary textile artist and educator. She has developed an array of globally based education programs and initiatives from higher education, to short term international engagement projects, and museum based community initiatives with partners such as the Smithsonian, Bhavana World Project, and Fulbright Specialist Program. Her passion for handmade textiles has led her to work with artisans across the globe. With a special place in her heart reserved for Ugandan barkcloth, she founded and runs the company Mekeka Designs.

    The panel will be moderated by WARP member Judi Jetson, a fiberactivist who founded the nonprofit Local Cloth 10 years ago to help grow the fiber economy in the Blue Ridge Mountains Fibershed, headquartered in Asheville, NC. There will be ample opportunity for questions from those attending this free online event, and a recording of it will be available later on the WARP YouTube channel.

    This event is free & open to all. Please complete the registration form to join us on Saturday October 15th, at 1:00 pm US Eastern Time. 

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