The Common Thread: A Virtual Series

A collaboration between the Nature Lab and Southeastern New England Fibershed, The Common Thread virtual series will explore the commonalities within the systems of land, waste, material, and color and how they can intersect with various modes of thought to drive positive change.

Click "Show Schedule +" below to see who will join us for the 4-part series.

Questions? Email Dora at dmuger01@risd.edu

RISD’s Waterman Building
13 Waterman Street
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

401.454.6451

September 09 12:00 pm -
October 07 1:00 pm

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The Common Thread with Lorén M. Spears and Hope Leeson

Join us on September 9 at 12 PM Eastern time for the first live session of The Common Thread virtual series with Lorén M. Spears and Hope Leeson

This conversation will focus on REGENERATION and GROWTH in the present day. How can we regenerate through farming, food, fiber and history. How do you grow a future generation of people to take part in living sustainably?


RSVP HERE for the Common Thread with Lorén M. Spears and Hope Leeson

September 09
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Common Thread with Fengjiao Ge, Chris Riley, and Annie Keating

Join us on September 16 at 12 PM Eastern time for the second live session of The Common Thread virtual series with Landscape Architecture graduate Fengjiao Ge RISD MLA '20, New England Alpaca Fiber Pool Founder + Executive Director, Chris Riley, and Textile Artist + Former Fabscrap Community Coordinator, Annie Keating RISD BFA TX '17.

This conversation will focus on WASTE as a NEW HARVEST. How can we reframe the conversation around waste as a useful material that benefits surrounding communities and environments?

RSVP HERE for the Common Thread with Fengjiao Ge, Chris Riley, and Annie Keating

September 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Common Thread with Rebecca Burgess and Tareq Alzawawi

Join us on September 30 at 12 PM Eastern time for the third live session of The Common Thread virtual series with Fibershed Executive Director, Rebecca Burgess, and Designer Tareq Alzawawi RISD MID '19

This conversation will focus on MATERIAL and SOIL HEALTH. In thinking about what we source from the soil (from food/vegetation, to fiber, to biomaterials), how do we determine the sustainability profile of the things we harvest and use for various needs and applications?


RSVP HERE for the Common Thread with Rebecca Burgess and Tareq Alzawawi

September 30
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Common Thread with Brece Honeycutt and Laurie Brewer

Join us on October 7 at 12 PM Eastern time for the fourth and final live session of The Common Thread virtual series with Natural Dyer + Textile Artist + Hancock Shaker Museum Artist-in-Residence, Brece Honeycutt, and RISD Museum Costume & Textiles Associate Curator + RISD Apparel Faculty Member, Laurie Brewer.

This conversation will focus on COLOR and ECOLOGY from history to present day. How does color's relationship to regional ecology and history impact the curation of how colors are represented in fashion and textiles?


RSVP HERE for the Common Thread with Brece Honeycutt and Laurie Brewer

October 07
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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