DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE – PART 2

…. As luck would have it, Troy and Annette invited me back to Wild Red Clover for their pilot artist in residence program. I was honored for the opportunity and in June 2021 I hopped back on a plane and drove down to Koosharem.


A bit of background - I am a textile artist and designer that typically chooses to weave; specifically with a jacquard loom. As an Associate Professor at Wayne State University, I am fortunate to be able to teach many fiber processes and I am encouraged to conduct research within my field. I was interested in the residency opportunity at Wild Red Clover to expand my knowledge of how a fiber mill is operated while creating a custom yarn for my weavings.



I knew the basic timeline and sequence to create yarn from the animal to the product, however, experiencing the entire process firsthand, my knowledge was expanded with essential details. Washing the fleece (I brought raw alpaca) by hand instead of using machines you realize the amount of effort that this small mill goes through to stay committed to their vision, and this was just the first step of processing! It took 3 wash cycles to get the alpaca cleaned, dried, and ready for the machines.


Washing the fleece (I brought raw alpaca) by hand instead of using machines you realize the amount of effort that this small mill goes through to stay committed to their vision, and this was just the first step of processing!