Curious Fox Fibres brings sustainability and luxury together with a range of handcrafted textile home goods and signature fibre supplies.
All Curious Fox Fibres products are created with ethically and sustainably sourced natural materials. Everything is handmade by me in my home studio - dyes are rinsed in my kitchen sink, yarns are spun while sitting in my favourite armchair, and woven goods are created on the collection of looms in my studio space.
I look for suppliers that provide beautiful natural dyes, wools, cottons, linens, and other protein and cellulose fibres while practicing high standards of environmental and social responsibility. I also seek out shops and suppliers that are owned and operated by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, and other minority groups. I strive to support fellow small businesses doing good.
Some of my older stock still includes polyester and acrylic materials - I've opted to use up the remaining materials I had while transitioning to all natural supplies.
Ecommerce has made it possible to shop from a larger community of makers and businesses! However, it has led to an increase of packaging and shipping materials. I source shipping materials that are compostable and made from sustainable materials.
Walking among the textiles at the store, I run my hand across pillows. I pick them up, and read their tags. Polyester blend. Cotton blend. Synthetic blend. I can’t help but wonder how long it will take for these pieces to make their way to the landfill. I’m not kidding myself. I know that even 300-year-old garments and tapestries end up in landfills, perhaps because the story of the origin of this piece has been lost in time. The appreciation for what this item brought to its first owner has been lost. And the second, and third, and maybe fourth-generation owner. The value of the fibre’s original contributor has been cast aside.
There’s a beauty in textiles. It tells stories if we take the time to look. If we unravel the pieces, we can learn so much about ourselves, and those who came before us. We can learn about the sheep, alpaca, and other animals that contributed their DNA to the textiles created from the furs off their backs. We can learn about the many plants and organic materials that give us comfortable textiles and dye them radiant colours. We learn about where we came from, and who our people were. But when I walk among the textiles at the store, I feel an emptiness. The synthetic fibres come to us with “other DNA”. I get the value of mass-process, mass-profits, but I don’t understand how we’re willing to sacrifice a connection to a process that was honed over a millennia to efficiency. I don’t understand why we are willing to sacrifice our people and planet for profit. As an activist designer, I am angry, anxious, and afraid. It makes me wonder if we lose these connections to the origins and intents of textile artistry, will we lose important connections to ourselves, the plants and animals that have provided these fibres, and the earth itself that nourishes all of the above?
About the artist
I am a textile artist based in Edmonton, Canada. A freelance graphic designer, I started my textile journey as a creative outlet to take a break from staring at computer screens and to experiment with colour, form, and texture. One frame loom became a collection – I now work with various frame looms, my beloved Leclerc looms Perchta (a 15 3/4″ Dorothy loom), Philomela (a 22" Leclerc table loom), and Holda (a 36″ Inca counterbalance loom), and Amy Oxford punch needles.
I've always been drawn to beautiful, interesting, and well-designed things. While I was studying design, I stumbled across an interview talking about the importance of maintaining a studio practice and creating physical objects as a designer; this resonated very deeply and was a big influence during my studies. I'm passionate about exploring the role of craft in society, especially the cultural history of textile arts and its intersection with sustainability.