Marian Bruno is a fiber artist residing and creating in Arlington, Virginia. As an avid felt maker, she is always looking for ways to use local wools and fibers in her work. She spent 30 years as a government antitrust lawyer and executive and is delighted to be applying her skills and experience towards building our regional fibershed.
Lisa Check is founder and owner of Flying Goat Farm. A spinner, weaver, knitter, and artisan dyer, she loves her sheep, angora goats, and all their fine fiber. Lisa designs her farm yarn to be delightful to the eye and to the hand. She is committed to the slow fashion and fibershed values. Lisa is a certified ASI Level II Wool Classer. She teaches spinning, weaving, and dyeing on her Maryland solar powered and sustainably tended farm.
Gretchen Frederick is a founding partner of Solitude Wool. During her career as a graphic designer a desire came over her to have a farm. The homestead size farm came to be, and after eight years of commuting, graphic design was left behind for goats, garlic, sheep, and wool. Starting in 2006 with partner Sue Bundy, Solitude Wool was possibly the first company (in the modern age…) to create breed-specific yarns. Working with fleece from small farms in the Chesapeake Fibershed, she has touched many different breeds of sheep and their wool. Selecting fleece, skirting, designing yarns, dyeing, hauling, selling and working with all these types of wool seeps into your brain through your fingers!
Emma Kingsley is the daughter co-founder of Lady Farmer, a sustainable apparel & lifestyle brand based in Washington, DC. She also co-hosts and produces The Good Dirt podcast with her mom, a show that explores the connections between soil health and all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle. Her love for design, fashion, and regenerative agriculture all come together in her work with Chesapeake Fibershed – she is hopeful and enthusiastic about building a local fiber network that encompasses all aspects of the fiber supply chain.
Mary Kingsley is co-founder and owner of Lady Farmer, LLC, a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand that she runs with her daughter, Emma Kingsley. She and Emma also co-host The Good Dirt Podcast, a show that explores the connections between soil health and all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle. Mary lives on a small farm in Seneca, Maryland, with her husband and their resident sheep, ponies, chickens, dogs and a barn cat. She enjoys playing in her garden and growing various fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs for nourishing meals, home-grown medicinals and the plant-dyed textile goods she creates in her home dye studio. Mary shares her passion for a slower, more earth-centered and seasonal way of life through her teaching and writing, and is the author of the recently published Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living.
Alex LeClaire is a textile artist passionate about fiber arts as a medium of expression. He explores this adventure journeying from creative inspiration through design and fabrication. His decades spent in the computer industry as a software developer and then a project manager bring structure to the design process. Alex was taught tailoring from his seamstress mother at the age of six making Barbie Doll clothes for his sister. His mother and grandmother taught him knitting and crochet before he was old enough for grammar school. Explorations through guild membership and self-research continued in natural dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Alex now spends his time pursuing fiber projects that support sound ecological practices in sustainability, maintaining the Fiber Mutts fiber guild, and blogging about his fiber adventures at https://renaissancefiber.blogspot.com.
Martha Polkey has been raising sheep since 1984, and now shepherds a flock of white and natural colored Merinos at Black Sheep Farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, providing breeding stock for producers, quality fleeces for hand-spinners, and prepared fiber for felters. She has long been active in local, state, regional, and national shepherds’ organizations, forage and grassland councils, and currently serves as vice president/wool council with the Virginia Sheep Producers Association. She is editor of Maryland Sheep News, the quarterly publication of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.
Kerstin Zurbrigg is an artist with an ongoing interest in the exploration of our personal and historic connections to place. Kerstin has lived in the DC area for 17 years homeschooling her three children, teaching and exploring immersive and integrated fiber arts. She enjoys spinning farm yarns, and celebrates her ever evolving relationships to the natural world through gardening and through the exploration of the colors and healing qualities of plants in botanical dyeing. Kerstin studied ecology/marine biology and painting at Hampshire College, painting and sculpture at the New York Studio School and received her Masters of Arts at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Kerstin received her Waldorf handwork training from the Fiber Crafts Studio in NY. Before landing in the DC area, Kerstin taught at the American University in Cairo, and showed her work in London, Cairo, Cuba and NYC.