One Acre Exchange celebrates the community built through a shared hemp supply chain. Hemp holds tremendous potential as a crop that can contribute to restoring our working landscape, revitalizing our regional economy, and rethinking the impact of the way we produce textiles. Connecting local farmers, workers and artisans centered around hemp grown and processed in Durham County, the work represented in One Acre Exchange serves as a model for how an innovative, cooperative, equitable supply chain can be designed.
Tyler Jenkins is a labor worker and business organizer who currently lives in Durham, NC, seeking to find and develop opportunities at the intersection of agriculture, public health, and economic development. His current work includes organizing farmers and workers around the the growing and processing of industrial hemp for textile fiber. Tyler has grown industrial hemp in North Carolina since 2016, and in 2018 formed One Acre Exchange as a model to help facilitate the development of a local industrial hemp supply chain to North Carolina and the Southeast.
Katie Berman is a textile artist based out of Durham, NC. Fueled by her love to empower others to live out their creative dreams, Katie teaches fiber workshops of all kinds in her local community. When she isn’t teaching, you can find her wrangling yarn or stirring a natural dye pot in her home studio. Follow Katie’s textile adventures on instagram @katiebermantextiles or her website www.katiebermantextiles.com.
Courtney Lockemer is an artist and designer who works in fashion, textiles, photography, video, and performance. She is the founder and creative lead of Sunday Shift, a line of clothing and accessories designed and handmade in Durham, North Carolina from sustainable textiles, low-impact dyes, and vintage materials. Courtney is particularly interested in using locally-available materials, both reclaimed and locally grown/produced. She is in the process of creating a natural dye garden at her home in Durham.
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, April 26, 6:30-9:30pm (Artist talk at 6:30pm, Reception at 7:30pm)
Join us as we celebrate connectedness between Durham farmers and artisans through One Acre Exchange. Using hemp fiber grown and processed in Durham County, One Acre Exchange speaks to the community that is built through a shared economic supply chain. Learn about traditional hemp fiber machinery and view work created by 6 fiber artists and 2 visual media artists all working with Durham hemp. Artist talk hosted by organizers Tyler Jenkins, Courtney Lockemer and Katie Berman at 6:30pm. Reception to follow.
Piedmont Fibershed Meetup: Thursday, May 2, 7-8:30pm
Are you interested in building a sustainable regional fiber system in the Piedmont of North Carolina? Come learn about Piedmont Fibershed, a new community organization focused on connecting and supporting local fibers, local dyes, and local labor. Come learn more about Piedmont Fibershed’s mission and meet others working in (or interested in) the fiber economy, from farm to fashion and beyond. We’ll also have informal activities to get community feedback to help inform the direction of Piedmont Fibershed. Anyone interested in the fiber and textile economy and sustainability are welcome: farmers, artisans, educators, retailers, community organizers, hobbyists, etc.! For more information about Piedmont Fibershed and the fibershed movements, visit https://piedmontfibershed.org/.
Farmers and Artisans Info Session: Sunday, May 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Want to grow industrial hemp on your farm? Interested in using local hemp fiber for textile applications? Come join a roundtable discussion about the basics: acquiring seed, growing in compliance with the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, harvesting and preparing for market. Networking and discussions with fiber artisans and textile manufacturers about the possibilities in their industry. This will also include a discussion of the One Acre Exchange grower and processor platform, and how to connect with it! Farmers and fiber artists encouraged to attend.
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April 26 - May 12, 2019