Sourcing Local Raw Materials
Laura Sansone is a textile designer, activist, and consultant. She is the creator of Textile Lab, a design and consulting company that supports environmentally responsible textile methods, and regional systems of production. Laura is currently an Assistant Professor of Textiles at Parsons The New School For Design. She has developed initiatives that bring NY designers and farmers together to create products that have social and environmental value. Textile Lab’s NYS Regional Textile Initiative is a collection of locally sourced and produced yarns and textiles. It links apparel, product and interior designers to the regional network of farms and fibre processing mills; including spinning, weaving and knitting. This initiative is recognised internationally as a significant economic revitalisation effort on the East Coast of the US. Also, she has designed woven textiles for the following companies: Maharam, New York, NY, American Silk Mills, New York, NY and Burlington House Fabrics, New York, NY.
In this video, we discuss the launch of the New York State Regional Yarn SourceBook which, as the name suggests, promotes yarns and fibres from New York State farms. It’s both a reference book for design professionals to source materials and a means to connect farmers, mills and designers in a single resource.
In this video you'll learn:
- A bit about Laura and what she does
- About the New York wool industry & wool breeds in New York
- The benefits of sourcing regionally
- How to source local suppliers
- Her work with natural dyeing
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How to Find Local Manufacturerswith Charlie Bradley Ross
Finding a manufacturer can be difficult, especially when trying to find one locally that fits your needs. While reshoring and many local manufacturing sectors are growing, it can still be as difficult, if not more so, to find a local manufacturer than overseas. There’s no one “magical fix-all” way to find a manufacturer (unfortunately!). It takes a lot of research and investigation to find the producer that works for your type of product and in the minimums that work for you, and then more time to form a relationship with one. And after all that, they may decide that you’re not the right fit for them!
In this video, we'll explore the different ways to begin your search for local manufacturers, to get you off to a flying start.