Shannon M Welsh
I have been exploring raw materials from the environment around me for decades. From growing fiber to designing fabric on CAD programs, I have experienced regional, domestic and international textile production systems of many scales, within varied positions. This love of fiber and of my home, the Pacific Northwest, led me to the work of Fibershed. For over 5 years I have been the Director of Pacific Northwest Fibershed, an affiliate program of Fibershed, which has allowed me to strengthen my relationships, knowledge, skills, and experience within the textile industry.
After thorough research into the textile history of the Pacific Northwest, and of my own family heritage, I Co-founded Fibrevolution, Bast Fiber Producers, which is currently working to revive fiber flax for linen production, with the goal of building a regional bast fiber processing facility in Oregon. I have had 100’s of face to face visits with fiber producers, processors and end users, which has allowed me the opportunity to build a vast and diverse raw materials and textile network, with the common vision of strengthening regenerative fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere.
The work of the hand in connection with natural fibers is an area of great interest and passion for me. My vast experience in production work inspires my vision for innovation and the future of product development. The foundation of my work is built on respect for the environment, people and economy of my community and beyond.
Shannon promotes fiber, textile and apparel design through raw fiber development, regenerative agricultural production, textile systems revitalization and innovation, community organizing, outreach, and education.
The Art Institute of Portland, Portland, OR BFA in Apparel Design 2009 - 2012
Kripalu School of Yoga, Stockbridge, MA Yoga Teaching Certification June – August 2000
Montessori Northwest (AMI), Portland, OR Teaching Certification January – December 1999
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR BA in History & Interdisciplinary studies in Mathematics 1993 – 1997
Fibrevolution – Portland, OR / January 2016 – present
Co-Founder – Fibrevolution Bast Fiber Producers is a seed-to-seed producer of high quality organic bast fiber, yarn and cloth born of regenerative textile systems, carbon farming practices, regional manufacturing and community education. We are bringing linen production back to the Pacific Northwest.
Pacific Northwest Fibershed – Portland, OR / January 2014 – present
Founder and Director - Pacific Northwest Fibershed promotes the development of regional regenerative fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere.
PNCA & OCAC – Portland, OR / Aug – December 2017
Mentor – MFA Applied Craft and Design
BOET Jewelry by Emily Bixler – Portland, OR / June 2014 – Aug 2015
Production Crochet Artist - An integration of sculpture and accessory hand-crafted in Portland, Oregon
Columbia Sportswear – Beaverton, OR / February – July 2014
Production Artist for Yarn Dyes - Assisted Textile Surface Designers on the Fall 2015 Design Season for all categories. Designed Yarn Dye Fabric with NedGraphics Coloring and Weave programs. Computer programs used daily include: PDM, DDM, Excel, Word, NedGraphics, Photoshop, Illustrator and Outlook. Responsible for uploading and tracking all Yarn Dye Prints for factory production.
Souchi – Portland, OR / July – December 2012
Production Knitter & Technical Designer - Hand loomed, fully fashioned, luxury knitwear production. Responsible for knitting, linking, finishing, and inspecting for quality control, within a knitwear production facility.
R.A.W Textiles – Portland, OR / Sept. - December 2010
Textile Studio Assistant – RAW Textiles is a production dye studio in Portland, OR that specializes in natural dyed, shibori and rusted textiles.
Lectures and Workshops Presented
Guest Speaker / March 2019 - Eugene Weavers Guild, Eugene, OR, “History of Flax and Linen in the Willamette Valley with Nancy Hoskins, Shannon Welsh, Angela Wartes-Kahl”
Guest Speaker / January 2019 - Mitch Charter School, Tualatin, OR, “Localizing fiber production and revitalizing the fiber flax industry of the Willamette Valley”
Keynote Presentation / January 2019 - Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Monroe Community Library, “Pacific Northwest Fibershed presents an evening of hands on exploration of flax and fiber; learn about developing and supporting regional regenerative fiber systems, that build soil & protect the health of our biosphere.”
Guest Speaker / November 2018 - Tigard Knitting Guild, “Regional Fiber Development of the Pacific Northwest Fibershed”
Panelist / October 2018 - Sustainable Fashion Forum for Portland Textile Month, “Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles”
Community Service Booth / 2017 & 2018 Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Pacific Northwest Fibershed in collaboration with Ecotrust
Flax to Linen Educational Booth / September 2018 - Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom for Washington County Agricultural Field Day
Oregon Linen Primer Event / September 2018 - The Cleaners/Ace Hotel, “Fibrevolution; Bringing linen production back to the Pacific Northwest”
Guest Speaker / August 2018 - Aurora Colony Handspinners’ Guild, “Oregon Flax to Linen”
Honorarium / May 2018 - Washington University at St Louis, “On Location: Exploring America, Portland beyond Portlandia: Creative Cities and the New Economy”
Panelist / Design Week Portland 2018, “Connecting Threads: Rebuilding our Domestic Apparel System”
Keynote Presentation / January 2018 - Brooklyn Tweed Foundation, “A talk with our local PNW Fibershed about sustainable and regenerative textiles systems”
Workshop Facilitator: WildCraft Studio School -
June 2017 - “Flax to Linen; from field to handspun yarn”
April 2017 - “Arm Knitting with Snow Peak Fiber Mill”
Awards and Grants
Patagonia Environmental Grant - “Fibrevolution: Determining Quality and Yield of Oregon Fiber Flax”, March 2019
Fibershed Affiliate Micro-Grant - “Climate Beneficial Grazing Practices”, September 2018
Patagonia Environmental Grant - “Fibrevolution; Revitalizing Oregon Flax”, August 2017
Fibershed Affiliate Micro-Grant - “Pacific Northwest Regenerative Fiber Systems Mapping”, August 2017
Design Exhibits Presented
Design Week Portland 2018 - Featured Designer and Artisan, “Comfortable? Fabric and the Threshold of Shelter” in collaboration with Bora Architecture, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Creative Capital Design
Felt United – Featured Fiber Artist, “The Dying of the Sun; a meditation on fire”, felted fiber exhibit at the Barn Gallery in Scotland, May - December 2012
Continued Professional Education
Linen Biennale Conference 2018 - Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Oregon Small Farms Conference 2017 - Corvallis, OR
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