Left: “Untitled (Big Sea #1)”; Right: “Untitled (Big Sea #2)”, 1969 by Vija Celmins from Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory, 2018 by Ian Alteveer for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with Yale University Press (pages 82-83). 

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”  

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

Every year since 1970 Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd. This year, as in years past, the holiday serves as a reminder to all who call Earth home that it is our responsibility to care for, sustain, and protect the Earth and all its resources, flora, and fauna. In honor of Earth Day, this week we are focusing on one of Earth’s most vast ecosystems, the ocean. Explore organizations doing the good work of marine conservation and ways you can help below.  

Ocean Panel 

Oceans, from WWF 

OCEANA, “Protecting the World’s Oceans” 

“Protecting Marine Life”, from NOAA Fisheries  

Ocean Conservancy  

Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragão creates textile rugs, large-scale tapestries, and wall hangings that address the huge scale at which the textile industry pollutes the ocean. 

Rachel Carson, from the #womenwhoinspire series on The Journal 

“A Guide to Plastic in the Ocean”, from NOAA 

Watch: The Blue Planet 

The Great Pacfic Garbage Patch, from the National Geographic Resource Library 

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program 

Courtney Mattison’s ceramics sculptures from her series “Our Changing Seas”  

“NFWF Celebrates 20 Years of Coral Reef Conservation, Announces $1.2 Million in New Grants” 

“Swimming with Barracuda”, from The Journal archives 

@ Alabama Chanin   

The Waffle Sweatshirt, our beloved thermal-style top, is now available in an oversized option for a more custom, relaxed fit. Choose between two size ranges and sleeve lengths to find the perfect fit to suit your lifestyle. Seed-to-shelf Made in America from 100% organic waffle-knit. 

Explore our Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help celebrate those who nurture us, who care for us, and who simply love us. Each piece of this curated selection of garments, accessories, and home goods is sustainably crafted to last a lifetime. 

Learn more about Afterpay, our new payment installment option on, and about our recently updated website. Email us at or call us at 256-760-1090 for support, assistance, or to share feedback about your experience.   

@ The School of Making  

April’s Swatch of the Month features the Variegated Stripe design with a range of embroidery stitches featured in The Geometry of Hand-Sewing. Explore our newest DIY kits, inspired by Swatch of the Month and featuring Variegated Stripe—and find more Stripe Love in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide from The School of Making.  

@ The Factory  

We’re hosting a Spring Cleaning Sale at The Factory beginning Tuesday, April 20th, and are excited to open this to our community. Order and organization are two of Alabama Chanin’s core values and, during this season of renewal, we’ve taken an inventory of materials, unique finds, and inventory that we’d like to rehome. Find sale dates and hours below. 

The sale will be hosted in The Factory Store alongside our Collection and The School of Making products, if you’d like to explore new arrivals (or Mother’s Day gifts) while you’re in the neighborhood. As a safety precaution, our capacity will be limited to 20 guests at a time and require that masks are worn during your visit.  

The Factory Spring Cleaning Sale
Tuesday, April 20th – Friday, April 23rd
10:00am – 5:00pm  

Monday by appointment only     
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm     
Saturday and Sunday | Closed         

Visit us at:     
462 Lane Drive     
Florence, Alabama 35630       

Contact our store team:     
Catherine Counts     
+1.256.760.1090 x 114         

Carlisle Sandy      
+1.256.760.1090 x 105     

Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours. 

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