ash alberg is creating knitwear design, natural dyes, & selfcare for community care
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patrons

who am i?

 i am a queer femme and fibre witch who seeks to create beautiful and practical knitwear designs using sustainable methods. equally importantly, i seek to nurture the skills, knowledge, and creativity of fellow fibre witches to achieve their goals. i live on treaty one territory in winnipeg, canada. my primary focuses for my creative business are knitwear design and natural dyeing, both of which i teach, connecting deeper with the fibreshed movement, and my business is centred around the discussion and cultivation of selfcare, with the knowledge that care for the self translates to being able to sustainably provide care to our wider communities. 

why patreon?

i want to create a sustainable lifestyle for myself, in the same way that i talk about consciously creating a sustainable wardrobe through our everyday choices. what does sustainability look like to me? it means not requiring an outside job to cover my basic living expenses (mortgage, utilities, and food), and making enough profit to be able to reinvest in myself (in the form of more training and travel/research/teaching opportunities) as well as reinvesting in my audience (in the form of being able to run scholarship-type programs for my teaching, volunteering my time with youth, maintaining a strong focus on my educational and resource-building work through from field to skin, and having more time and energy to engage deeply with my audience because i have the resources at my disposal to support myself without running on fumes and anxiety about the next paycheque). 

patreon is not the be-all and end-all solution for me, but what it does offer is consistency and reliability. having a base of patrons who believe in me and my vision and who are willing to support that financially takes pressure off needing every single class to sell out and pattern to go viral (or at least semi-viral). i already invest so much of myself in my business, because i believe in myself and i believe that the work that i am doing has value, in both the financial sense and in other senses. 

that might seem a little wispy to some of you, so let's look at some basic numbers to put things into perspective: 
  • every week, i write one newsletter to my audience (excluding extra newsletters to sub-groups like when i'm running a knit-a-long).
  • that newsletter takes me an average of one hour to write.
  • 1 newsletter x 1 hour x 52 weeks/year = 52 hours of unpaid labour every year
  • 1 patron committing $3/month = $36/year (very close to my hourly teaching rate)
  • 52 patrons committing just $3/month (less than one latte!) = my unpaid labour now compensated! 
i appreciate each and every donation, regardless of size! your investment in me is a source of encouragement that i am on the right track with my passions, and that what i am creating has value in the world.

what else am i working on?


i am currently engaging in a long-term side project chronicling the canadian fibreshed called from field to skin. through interviews with canadian fibre farmers, mills, and other direct-source producers, a growing google map, and patterns using fibreshed yarns, i hope to increase the general public's awareness about fibreshed benefits and make engaging with the fibreshed more accessible for everyone regardless of geographic location or other barriers (perceived or real). over 2019, i'm also furthering my personal natural dye practice through a process of researching and profiling a different local dye plant within my own fibreshed, pembina fibreshed, every week on instagram
Tiers
welcome to the coven!
$1 or more per month
thank you so much for your support! every dollar makes a difference. you can expect my weekly newsletter every friday, which contains updates, stories, and an ongoing list of my favourite things, as well as bonus content and special offers for my various projects.
half a latte = 1 newsletter
$3 or more per month

you've now offset the cost for one week's worth of newsletters - thank you so much! you can expect my weekly newsletter every friday, which contains updates, stories, and an ongoing list of my favourite things, as well as bonus content and special offers for my various projects. i promise to include occasional recipes, which you can share with dear ones, which will hopefully make up for the missed cup of coffee. 

filmography
$5 or more per month

your donation adds up to two hours of my time per year, which is the equivalent of the average amount of time it takes to film one from field to skin interview - thank you! i love love love the conversations that i have with fellow fibreshed players, and i love that i get to share some of them with you through the form of video interviews.


you'll be receiving bonus content in the form of monthly video updates with this tier. i'll show you some design sneak peeks, give you the inside scoop on upcoming interviews for from field to skin and what to expect in the next everyday magic collection, and whatever else is relevant. a little hello and check-in from me to you to say thanks!

selfcare for community care
$10 or more per month

you've heard it before, but i'm going to tell you again - we can't fill up someone else's cup if our own cup is empty. this tier is all about replenishing our own cups so that we can remain of service to our communities. each month you'll receive a new selfcare ritual. sometimes it'll be a diy tutorial, sometimes it'll be a tarot spread suggestion, sometimes it'll be a recipe for something nice for your body. mostly, it's about taking time for yourself to check in and say thank you.

building community
$25 or more per month

humans are social creatures, and whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, we all need some level of interaction with other people. so let's have a monthly hang-out conducted through live stream! we'll hang out for an hour, chat, knit (if you want), eat snacks from the comforts of home (or wherever you have wifi), and have a nice check-in with one another.


please note that this particular award kicks in at a minimum of 3 supporters at this or a higher level. until that time, you will receive all other included perks minus the live stream.

creation
$100 or more per month

investment at this level offsets so much anxiety about the creative process. in return, i want to create something just for you.


after we consult with one another, i'll create a unique design just for you, and once i'm done taking photos of your bespoke knit, i'll ship it to you so you can keep it. snail mail, with deep love from me to you. 


alternatively, if you would prefer that i use the funds to travel to a specific fibreshed for an in-person interview with yourself or someone you find inspiring and who suits the from field to skin ethos, please let me know. i love making deeper connections.

Goals
39% complete
i'll be able to hire a transcriber to create transcriptions of every from field to skin interview, increasing the accessibility of these important fibreshed conversations!
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who am i?

 i am a queer femme and fibre witch who seeks to create beautiful and practical knitwear designs using sustainable methods. equally importantly, i seek to nurture the skills, knowledge, and creativity of fellow fibre witches to achieve their goals. i live on treaty one territory in winnipeg, canada. my primary focuses for my creative business are knitwear design and natural dyeing, both of which i teach, connecting deeper with the fibreshed movement, and my business is centred around the discussion and cultivation of selfcare, with the knowledge that care for the self translates to being able to sustainably provide care to our wider communities. 

why patreon?

i want to create a sustainable lifestyle for myself, in the same way that i talk about consciously creating a sustainable wardrobe through our everyday choices. what does sustainability look like to me? it means not requiring an outside job to cover my basic living expenses (mortgage, utilities, and food), and making enough profit to be able to reinvest in myself (in the form of more training and travel/research/teaching opportunities) as well as reinvesting in my audience (in the form of being able to run scholarship-type programs for my teaching, volunteering my time with youth, maintaining a strong focus on my educational and resource-building work through from field to skin, and having more time and energy to engage deeply with my audience because i have the resources at my disposal to support myself without running on fumes and anxiety about the next paycheque). 

patreon is not the be-all and end-all solution for me, but what it does offer is consistency and reliability. having a base of patrons who believe in me and my vision and who are willing to support that financially takes pressure off needing every single class to sell out and pattern to go viral (or at least semi-viral). i already invest so much of myself in my business, because i believe in myself and i believe that the work that i am doing has value, in both the financial sense and in other senses. 

that might seem a little wispy to some of you, so let's look at some basic numbers to put things into perspective: 
  • every week, i write one newsletter to my audience (excluding extra newsletters to sub-groups like when i'm running a knit-a-long).
  • that newsletter takes me an average of one hour to write.
  • 1 newsletter x 1 hour x 52 weeks/year = 52 hours of unpaid labour every year
  • 1 patron committing $3/month = $36/year (very close to my hourly teaching rate)
  • 52 patrons committing just $3/month (less than one latte!) = my unpaid labour now compensated! 
i appreciate each and every donation, regardless of size! your investment in me is a source of encouragement that i am on the right track with my passions, and that what i am creating has value in the world.

what else am i working on?


i am currently engaging in a long-term side project chronicling the canadian fibreshed called from field to skin. through interviews with canadian fibre farmers, mills, and other direct-source producers, a growing google map, and patterns using fibreshed yarns, i hope to increase the general public's awareness about fibreshed benefits and make engaging with the fibreshed more accessible for everyone regardless of geographic location or other barriers (perceived or real). over 2019, i'm also furthering my personal natural dye practice through a process of researching and profiling a different local dye plant within my own fibreshed, pembina fibreshed, every week on instagram

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Tiers
welcome to the coven!
$1 or more per month
thank you so much for your support! every dollar makes a difference. you can expect my weekly newsletter every friday, which contains updates, stories, and an ongoing list of my favourite things, as well as bonus content and special offers for my various projects.
half a latte = 1 newsletter
$3 or more per month

you've now offset the cost for one week's worth of newsletters - thank you so much! you can expect my weekly newsletter every friday, which contains updates, stories, and an ongoing list of my favourite things, as well as bonus content and special offers for my various projects. i promise to include occasional recipes, which you can share with dear ones, which will hopefully make up for the missed cup of coffee. 

filmography
$5 or more per month

your donation adds up to two hours of my time per year, which is the equivalent of the average amount of time it takes to film one from field to skin interview - thank you! i love love love the conversations that i have with fellow fibreshed players, and i love that i get to share some of them with you through the form of video interviews.


you'll be receiving bonus content in the form of monthly video updates with this tier. i'll show you some design sneak peeks, give you the inside scoop on upcoming interviews for from field to skin and what to expect in the next everyday magic collection, and whatever else is relevant. a little hello and check-in from me to you to say thanks!

selfcare for community care
$10 or more per month

you've heard it before, but i'm going to tell you again - we can't fill up someone else's cup if our own cup is empty. this tier is all about replenishing our own cups so that we can remain of service to our communities. each month you'll receive a new selfcare ritual. sometimes it'll be a diy tutorial, sometimes it'll be a tarot spread suggestion, sometimes it'll be a recipe for something nice for your body. mostly, it's about taking time for yourself to check in and say thank you.

building community
$25 or more per month

humans are social creatures, and whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, we all need some level of interaction with other people. so let's have a monthly hang-out conducted through live stream! we'll hang out for an hour, chat, knit (if you want), eat snacks from the comforts of home (or wherever you have wifi), and have a nice check-in with one another.


please note that this particular award kicks in at a minimum of 3 supporters at this or a higher level. until that time, you will receive all other included perks minus the live stream.

creation
$100 or more per month

investment at this level offsets so much anxiety about the creative process. in return, i want to create something just for you.


after we consult with one another, i'll create a unique design just for you, and once i'm done taking photos of your bespoke knit, i'll ship it to you so you can keep it. snail mail, with deep love from me to you. 


alternatively, if you would prefer that i use the funds to travel to a specific fibreshed for an in-person interview with yourself or someone you find inspiring and who suits the from field to skin ethos, please let me know. i love making deeper connections.