Fiber Community Engagement

Fiber Community Engagement

Community engagement, in its broadest sense, is crucial to the Lilly Marsh Studios philosophy, 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.

Beyond its own studio doors, 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.

Lilly Marsh is available for live  or online presentation or podcast on a number of topics including:

  • her academic work on Elizabeth Zimmermann and the emergence of contemporary knitting as a critical crafting community in the late 20th Century,
  • her studio work regarding the farm to fabric process, and the significance of cloth production as a combination of both agriculture and the arts,
  • her work as a board member for the Hudson Valley Textile Project, a consortium of fiber producers, processors, artisans and designers, and small manufacturers working to strengthen the supply chain for cloth production in the Hudson Valley
  • her work in re-discovering and developing techniques and practices in breed specific wool weaving