It’s exciting to watch a project move from good idea, to action, to full flower. That’s what it’s been like to follow the development of a brand-new website, BIPOC in Fiber, over the past many months. BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and the website is for and about BIPOC who work to bring crafters beauty in all its fibery forms.
BIPOC in Fiber started as a lot of projects do: with a question. A couple of years ago, on her Instagram, British knitwear designer Jeanette Sloan asked “how many Black knitwear designers can you name?” She was inundated with responses, receiving over 150 names.
BIPOC in Fiber founder Jeanette Sloan, modeling her stunning design, the Dionne Shawl.
Jeanette started compiling a list of BIPOC designers on her blog. Soon, she realized that her list was a valuable resource for the designers and the whole fiber arts industry, that it needed to be made accessible to all and to grow. In short, it needed its own website. From that one question, a mission formed. Jeanette assembled a team and garnered support to take her idea from conception to reality.
On May 1, after months of web design and development, BIPOC in Fiber launched. It is magnificent, and it is a growing, living, dynamic site.
The heart of the website is the BIPOC in Fiber directory, which currently features over 100 professionals, in a wide array of categories: designers, writers, photographers, dyers, weavers, crocheters, and many more. New entries are being added to the directory all the time. It’s an invaluable resource for everyone who works in and practices the fiber arts.
And one more thing: It’s fun. Take a wander through the pages of the BIPOC in Fiber directory, and meet people who are making beauty in this world. Have a blast and be inspired getting to know them and their work.