One Year One Outfit

One Year One Outfit

The Rustbelt Fibershed is looking for spinners or weavers to help make fabric (may be paid or volunteer) as part of the One Year One Outfit Project.

Participants of the first One Year, One Outfit Challenge are working as individuals or teams of up to three to design, source, and create one outfit (defined as 3 distinct garments or accessories) within a cohort of other makers. At the close of the season, participants will exhibit their completed outfits at the Praxis Fiber Workshop Gallery in 2023.

The goals of this undertaking are to:

  • Provide a structure for imaginative, slow fashion to thrive

  • Celebrate the incredible amount of local talent and production in our fibershed

  • Connect folks to each other through bi-monthly cohort meetings where we can share projects, progress, hang-ups, connections, etc.

  • Create a collection of stories and a body of work that will provide a glimpse of our unique region and steward our valuable material and human resources.

If you are interested please contact Sarah Silk (

“We are creating a collaborative network of regenerative fiber farmers, processors, and designers from the Rust Belt Region to explore the possibilities of working with the resources in our fibershed, in particular sheeps wool, alpaca, flax, and plant dyes, whose work demonstrates a commitment to creating a ‘soil to soil’ fashion and textile system. We also educate consumers about the life-giving need and creative possibilities for a circular textile system.

Rust Belt Fibershed consists of 250 mile radius outside of Cleveland, Ohio including parts of Michigan, southern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York. It is our goal to build a community that collaboratively supports locally grown textiles in a way that decrease consumption of fast fashion and works to restore soil health. We aspire to connect everyone in all parts of our local fiber system: farmers, fiber processors–from large mills to home spinners, weavers, dyers and fiber artists–to designers, shop owners, fiber enthusiasts, and all consumers of textiles. Through this project, we hope to increase education of stewardship of our land and resources, foster friendship and creativity, and facilitate conversations that address the challenges of a localized fiber supply chain.” (Rustbelt Fibershed website, 2022)