ash albergis creating knitwear design, natural dyes, & selfcare for community care
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.