Fiber Farming: Growing Flax & Making Linen
The movement and conversation around local food and what we put in our bodies is well established and continuing to gain momentum. But what about the conversation around local textiles and what we put on our bodies?
Philadelphia textile artist Heidi Barr discusses her 2020 pilot project at Kneehigh Farm: growing and harvesting flax for making fine linen.
Topics covered include the horticultural aspects of growing flax, from seed to harvest, as well as post-harvest processing into linen. She also considers the cultural history of flax, note similar initiatives happening in other parts of the country, and discuss the potential to expand this work in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Recorded on September 23, 2020