“Reflect: ‘The Revolution will not be televised. The Revolution will be no rerun, brothers. The Revolution—will be live.’ —Gil Scott Heron,” featuring photography by Charles Moore and Robert Rausch from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue, 2008. From the Alabama Chanin 21 Years Celebration entry titled Charles Moore Collaboration, 2008.
This year’s Project Threadways Symposium, Textiles and Activism, will explore how textiles are used as a vehicle for expression, how the act of making supports community organization, and how material culture documents activism and movements throughout history. The symposium will take place April 21 – 23 in Florence, Alabama, and offers in-person and virtual experiences.
The event will feature presentations by Carrie Barske-Crawford, Director of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area; Jessamyn Hatcher and Thuy Lin Tu, professors of Global Studies at New York University; Janneken Smucker, professor and historian at West Chester University; Aleia Brown, Assistant Director of the African American Digital Humanities Initiative; singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash; artist Diana Weymar of Tiny Pricks Project; and designer and environmental activist Barbara de Vries.
Additional programming includes a welcome dinner with chef Whitney Otawka, meals, a tour of The Factory, a workshop with Barbara de Vries, an oral history presentation, and panel discussions.
Find the schedule of events, presenter information, and how to register here.
@ Alabama Chanin
The Wind + Wave Collection: Our new collection draws inspiration from two of nature’s most dynamic players. Often working in harmony, wind and waves evoke quiet strength and fluidity. A signature “Wave” blue colorway and hand-painted “Wind” motif—which embodies the atmospheric choreography of leaves in the wind—are woven throughout the newly released designs.
Core Essentials Refresh: Explore a refreshed assortment of indispensable wardrobe staples and everyday basics for every wardrobe.
Life + Living: The Wave blue colorway featured in Alabama Chanin’s new Wind + Wave collection carries into our latest collaboration with Heath Ceramics. Discover artisan-crafted plates, bowls, and nested dinnerware sets designed in collaboration with our friends at Heath Ceramics.
@ The School of Making
Natalie’s forthcoming book is now available for pre-order. Arriving this fall, Embroidery: Threads and Stories from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making recounts Natalie’s journey and the origins of Alabama Chanin. A deeply personal and reflective work, Natalie’s sixth book explores her design ethos and creative process through stories that shaped her life, career, and our organization as a whole. It also serves as an empowering guide for all who love stitching and handcraft.
Introducing Swatch of the Month Shop: Explore our new one-stop-shop for Swatch of the Month, now updated with options to subscribe for an individual month and shop the featured kits and materials that have been released with each month’s design. Preview our upcoming swatch design for April here, and subscribe to stitch along with us.
2022 Workshops: Join us for an immersive, individualized learning experience led by The School of Making’s team of experts. Explore workshops suited to all areas of interest and experience levels here.
New DIY Kit Arrivals: The Asymmetrical Peacoat DIY Kit is now available in Abbie’s Flower. Inspired by March’s swatch of the month design, craft your own Abbie’s Flower Peacoat in Ochre or Earth medium-weight jersey using the Stem Stitch embroidery technique from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.
@ The Factory
2022 Friends of the Café Dinner Series: Our Friends of the Café Dinner Series is back with a lineup of celebrated chefs from across the Southeast. Join us in exploring cuisine, community, and creation through the act of gathering around the table. Find details and tickets here.
Project Threadways 2022 Symposium: April 21–23, 2022 @ The Factory
In partnership with Project Threadways and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, join us for Textiles and Activism, the third annual Project Threadways Symposium. The event will take place April 21–23 at The Factory and also has virtual ticket options available.
Guests can choose from a variety of ticket tiers that include a kick-off dinner with visiting chef Whitney Otawka on Thursday, presentations, panel discussions, and meals on Friday and Saturday, and a special Factory tour and workshop on Saturday. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Plan your visit to The Factory to view the Collection firsthand, work with our team, experience Alabama Chanin in-person, and learn more about our commitment to responsible production, sustainable practices, and thoughtful design.
Monday by appointment only
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday | Closed
Visit us at:
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630
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