Fiber Community Engagement
Community engagement, in its broadest sense, is crucial to the Lilly Marsh Studios, combining professional studio fiber practice with a grounding in local farm and fiber community activism in support of local fiber, local yarns and local cloth. Our focus on sustainability and local collaboration in production is visible in our attention to energy usage and waste reduction, and in our commitment to serving the local fiber community. The studio is a net producer of energy to the national grid through its rooftop solar panels, is attentive to safe handling and disposal practices in the dye studio, and is a financial supporter of regional farmland conservation efforts. Lilly Marsh Studios is also a founding member of the Hudson Valley Textile Project, a regional consortium of fiber farmers, processors, artisans, designers, and vendors. HVTP works to support and strengthen an environmentally responsible and economically sustainable fiber supply chain from farm to finished object.
Current projects in the studio include a collaboration with Battenkill Fiber Mill, Greenwich NY, to produce Hudson Farm Cloth, a line of breed specific yarns and fabrics 100% sourced, processed and woven in the Hudson Valley; further weaving for Blue Pepper Farm, Upper Jay NY, to produce East Freisian/Alpaca blankets, scarf and wrap weaving for Crazy Legs Romney Farm, Fort Edwards, NY, and design and weaving work for Hildene, the Robert Todd Lincoln Family Home, Manchester VT.