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One Year, One Outfit

Award: Participants will have the opportunity to display their outfit at the end of the year, with the goal of being nominated to be in a culminating fashion show

Deadline: 09/30/2020

Guidelines link: Click here for guidelines

Disciplines: Design

Location: Local (Cleveland Area)

Organization: Praxis Fiber Workshop

SIGN UP BY SEPTEMBER 30 TO PARTICIPATE!

Participants will take the next year to design, source, and create one outfit within a cohort of other makers. The goals of this undertaking are to:
-Provide a structure for imaginative, slow fashion to thrive
-Celebrate the incredible amount of local talent and production in our fibershed
-Connect folks to each other through bi-monthly cohort meetings where we can share projects, progress, hang-ups, connections, etc. (this is not a competition).
-Create a collection of stories and a body of work that will provide a glimpse of our unique region and steward our valuable material and human resources.

Praxis Fiber Workshops definition of an outfit: Three pieces of clothing, adornments, or accessories.

Three Parameters for Participation:
1. You live within the Rust Belt Fibershed, which is anywhere within approximately 250 miles of Cleveland. The culminating show will be in Cleveland, but all cohort participation will be virtual. If you live outside the Fibershed but still want to participate, we can offer to help you organize a local One Year, One Outfit challenge in your region.
2. All fiber is sourced from within the Rust Belt Fibershed bounds, or within 250 miles of Cleveland. The only exception is for notions (thread, buttons, etc.). Our region’s primary fiber is protein fiber, so we expect to see a lot of wool, alpaca, cashmere, etc. Any animal fiber is fair game, but the animals need to live within our fibershed. For example, if you’re a knitter and you support your local yarn shop, please be sure that the animal the wool came from is also local. Participants will be asked to document and cite their fiber sources. Note: We have a limited amount of unprocessed flax-for-linen that was grown for The Cleveland Flax project, which could be great for blending with a protein fiber (or using on its own). If you/your team are interested in processing the flax, spinning, and weaving it, please email rustbeltfibershed@gmail.com.
3. If dyes are used, they must be natural and not synthetic. If you will be naturally dyeing your garments, the dyes should come from within our fibershed. We will allow for mordants (example: alum) and scouring agents from outside of our fibershed.