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5th Annual Summit : Sustainable Textiles
Summit keynote will be Use of Natural Dyes in US Supply Chain by Dr. Kelsie Doty, Verna Sullivan-Marler Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies, Kansas State University. Kelsie will talk about her Cornell University PhD dissertation on natural dyeing as well as her current work at KSU creating a USDA-funded Farm-to-Fashion camp for middle and high schoolers to learn about the textile supply chain. Assembly member Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) will update the group on the status of the new NY Textile Act that she is sponsoring in the State Legislature to provide economic development support to our industry.
New this year: Resource Tables with invited service providers including a chance for participants to sign-up for NY Grown & Certified designation with NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets, Cornell Cooperative Extension fiber production and processing educational opportunities, representatives from other farm-to-fabric supply chain organizations, delegates from regional university fashion programs, and more.
Also new this year: a fun way for everyone to participate in textile sustainability during the Summit – the Sustainable Style Show: Show Us What You’re Made Of. Come dressed (or bring) your best made-by-you style. We’ll take a quick picture of you and your item in the Summit Photo Booth, grab a few notes on ‘What You’re Made Of’ including your IG name, and post for an on-line exhibit on Instagram – #HVTP2022. We will have prizes (locally-grown dye plants) for several categories: Sewing including quilting, Embroidery, Knitting, Crochet, Wovens, Felting, Most colorful, Hand-spun, Up-cycled or mended, 100% by you (plant or animal raising, fiber processing, making), and 100% Hudson Valley (plant or animal raising, fiber processing, making). If you are attending virtually, please send photos of you and your item no later than May 20 to email@example.com
This year’s Summit will also feature a return of the Member Makers Market (with more time to network and shop than in the past) where up to 50 participants can set up a 1/2 table (tables provided – bring your own table covering) display of materials, designs, products and services for wholesale or cash-and-carry retail to other participants. There is no charge. Sign-up when you register – first come, first serve.
There are a limited number of scholarships available for Summit participation, which also includes an HVTP annual membership. To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a statement of interest. Emerging textile industry professionals and young and beginning fiber farmers are encouraged to apply, as well as members of traditionally under-represented communities.