Three Rivers Fibershed Board

Maddy Bartsch Maddy is a fiber artist, educator, and sustainable fiber & fashion systems activist working to bring awareness and action to the true cost and impact of our textile consumption. Maddy has been involved with every step of the fiber process, from the textile analysis of natural fibers, to fiber processing and creating finished works through spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, embroidery, and apparel design. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BFA and minor in fashion studies, Maddy focused on local fiber systems and began working her way from sheep to sweater, starting at the farm level where she learned about the agricultural side of owning sheep, to the next step in the process, working at a local fiber mill. Here Maddy learned the process of taking raw fiber from local producers all the way to finished machine-spun skeins of yarn. While Maddy worked at the fiber mill and farm, she co-founded the Three Rivers Fibershed, an affiliate branch of Fibershed which works to create soil-to-soil fiber systems. This work led to being contracted by Fibershed for multiple projects including the coordination of the Minnesota Hemp Yarn Project and the National Mill Inventory Survey, in which Maddy acted as a research assistant, contacting fiber mills across the country to help create an online tool that mapped fiber mills across the United States. Maddy teaches classes around the Twin Cities at the Textile Center and at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota where she is on the board of directors. Maddy's artist practice is based in fibers and has expanded to include the growing of her own natural dye plants during Minnesota's sometimes finicky growing season. Maddy can be reached at saltofthenorth@gmail.com Instagram

Maddy Bartsch

Maddy is a fiber artist, educator, and sustainable fiber & fashion systems activist working to bring awareness and action to the true cost and impact of our textile consumption. Maddy has been involved with every step of the fiber process, from the textile analysis of natural fibers, to fiber processing and creating finished works through spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, embroidery, and apparel design. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BFA and minor in fashion studies, Maddy focused on local fiber systems and began working her way from sheep to sweater, starting at the farm level where she learned about the agricultural side of owning sheep, to the next step in the process, working at a local fiber mill. Here Maddy learned the process of taking raw fiber from local producers all the way to finished machine-spun skeins of yarn. While Maddy worked at the fiber mill and farm, she co-founded the Three Rivers Fibershed, an affiliate branch of Fibershed which works to create soil-to-soil fiber systems. This work led to being contracted by Fibershed for multiple projects including the coordination of the Minnesota Hemp Yarn Project and the National Mill Inventory Survey, in which Maddy acted as a research assistant, contacting fiber mills across the country to help create an online tool that mapped fiber mills across the United States. Maddy teaches classes around the Twin Cities at the Textile Center and at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota where she is on the board of directors. Maddy's artist practice is based in fibers and has expanded to include the growing of her own natural dye plants during Minnesota's sometimes finicky growing season.

Maddy can be reached at saltofthenorth@gmail.com

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Jess Daniels Jess has a lifelong love of textiles, and is an avid maker and explorer of all things fiber, dabbling in knitting, sewing, spinning, and natural dyeing. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Visual Art from Brown University and has over five years of experience working on sustainable agriculture and food justice for local and national non-profits. She began volunteering for Fibershed while living in Northern California, and now works for the organization to provide project management, research, and communications. Upon moving to the Twin Cities in 2015, she was excited to connect and co-found the Three Rivers Fibershed to support a thriving regional fiber system.  Jess can be reached at office@fibershed.com  Instagram 

Jess Daniels

Jess has a lifelong love of textiles, and is an avid maker and explorer of all things fiber, dabbling in knitting, sewing, spinning, and natural dyeing. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Visual Art from Brown University and has over five years of experience working on sustainable agriculture and food justice for local and national non-profits. She began volunteering for Fibershed while living in Northern California, and now works for the organization to provide project management, research, and communications. Upon moving to the Twin Cities in 2015, she was excited to connect and co-found the Three Rivers Fibershed to support a thriving regional fiber system. 

Jess can be reached at office@fibershed.com 

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Lydia Strand Lydia, a shepherd and farmer since 2008, adores and cares for a large flock of Registered Icelandic and Shetland sheep in Harris, MN, where she knits, spins, and weaves from her flock’s fiber, never missing a moment to learn more about balanced and ethical farming and shepherding methods. As a Three River’s Fibershed Board Member and our Producer Outreach Coordinator, she is a passionate mentor and on-going advisor to shepherds, both new and established, who share in Fibershed’s collective vision of regenerative shepherding using climate beneficial practices. One of her long-term goals for our Fibershed is to establish a regional fiber cooperative for small-scale producers. Lydia can be reached at hello@lydiasflock.com  Instagram

Lydia Strand

Lydia, a shepherd and farmer since 2008, adores and cares for a large flock of Registered Icelandic and Shetland sheep in Harris, MN, where she knits, spins, and weaves from her flock’s fiber, never missing a moment to learn more about balanced and ethical farming and shepherding methods. As a Three River’s Fibershed Board Member and our Producer Outreach Coordinator, she is a passionate mentor and on-going advisor to shepherds, both new and established, who share in Fibershed’s collective vision of regenerative shepherding using climate beneficial practices. One of her long-term goals for our Fibershed is to establish a regional fiber cooperative for small-scale producers.

Lydia can be reached at hello@lydiasflock.com 

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