Lise Silva

is creating Wovenutopia - a resource to celebrate fiber arts past & present
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$2 Monthly Investor
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This pledge amount provides access to all the content on this Patreon page and is used to fund Wovenutopia.  You will also have access to:   

  • Members only discounts on merch that helps fund our project  
  • Opportunities to vote on new site features & ideas
  • First look/early access to any giveaways, limited edition offers
$5 Monthly Investor
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This pledge amount provides access to all the content on this Patreon page and is used to fund Wovenutopia.  You will also have access to:   

  • Members only discounts on merch that helps fund our project  
  • Opportunities to vote on new site features & ideas
  • First look/early access to any giveaways, limited edition offers
$10 Monthly Investor
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This pledge amount provides access to all the content on this Patreon page and is used to fund Wovenutopia.  You will also have access to:   

  • Members only discounts on merch that helps fund our project  
  • Opportunities to vote on new site features & ideas
  • First look/early access to any giveaways, limited edition offers
  • Deeper input on site content and features  
  • Access to live chats with me &  featured artists  
  • Annual Pdf Wovenutopia zine is complementary 

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About Lise Silva

Wovenutopia celebrates fiber as a mirror to past, present, and future, reflecting how we live(d) and the dreams we have through clothing, fiber sculpture, objects, & wallhangings. The Wovenutopia website is a space is to connect generations of fiber artists and admirers through inspiration, studio visits, interviews, resources and platforms for dialogue, paying homage to the historically overlooked women behind the medium and the power of fiber arts to reflect and inspire social change. Based in the Bay Area, an epicenter for counter-cultural fiber arts in the 60s and 70s, Wovenutopia pays special homage to local Bay Area histories and influences in the fiber medium.

Patreon is where I’ll share behind-the-scenes details, additional photos/stories/interviews segments, ideas for the future, facilitate your questions with the artists featured, and ask your feedback in shaping the site. I'll share inspiration and information here that won't be on the regular site as well as, include personal posts relating to my creativity & ethics practice Craft & PracticeThis is the space where you can actively engage and help create the project behind the curtain with me! Your contribution will keep this project rolling, and as an investor, I will do my best to provide you with the content you are most interested in seeing. Currently, a $2 monthly pledge will unlock all the Patreon content. As you can imagine, an immense amount of work and funding is required to host and moderate the site, in addition to photographing and editing the studio visits, purchasing and reviewing the books and materials that are featured. Your contribution is essential to keeping it going. My future vision you are helping to fund: traveling to conduct studio visits with elders outside of the Bay Area, offering more frequent posts, and funding the WOVENUTOPIA SHOW we are hoping to open in Oakland this Winter!  It is up to us to create a platform for the fiber medium and the many femmes throughout history, around the globe, who have created works of beauty in the medium with little to no credit or compensation for their innovations. Many of the innovators who ushered in the revolutionary revival of fiber in the 1960s and 1970s are elders and the time to celebrate and learn from them is now. 

For so long, the visionary artists who have created innovative works in fiber, have been marginalized within the art world as "just a craft" and in large part due to being a female-dominated medium associated with domestic wares and hobbies. With renewed interest in fiber art in recent years, imitation, hobby tutorials, and design repetition has also flooded the internet, making it more important than ever to have a space to celebrate the innovators. Through historical research, studio visits, interviews, community forum space, events, and educational resources, Wovenutopia is a space to celebrate the femme spirits of past and present who reimagine our world in fiber.  

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