Image: Tine by Margit Seland and Carved Crow by Mikael Nilsson; Dress from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution collection, Fall/Winter 2008, Crystal Ceramics by Mick Haigh, and wooden basket by Anna Niss from View on Colour: A World of Folk by Li Edelkoort with Mary Miller, 2008, photograph by Robert Rausch
In spring 2020, trend forecaster, Lidewij “Li” Edelkoort announced a new hope manifesto for a post-pandemic world. Founded as the World Hope Forum, this gathering includes “climate change on its agenda as well as caring for all neglected people involved in production chains and services.”
According to Edelkoort, “Under the leadership of ambassadors chosen in participating countries, the World Hope Forum will bring together speakers and selected case studies, good practices, retail reinventions and innovative ideas that will sprout in the spring of revival.”
Learn more about the work of Li Edelkoort and the World Hope Forum below.
P.S.: Anti plastic pollution activist Barbara de Vries, who is also the US Ambassador for the World Hope Forum, will be speaking at the Project Threadways Symposium on Saturday, April 23rd. For her talk, Do Look Down! Plastic: from Pollution to the New Material of the Anthropocene Age, Barbara will show images from her 17-year journey in environmental activism and speak to waste plastic, raw and recycled, as a new material in design, art, and crafts as well as education and communication, including how to spot green washers.
Register for the Project Threadways Symposium held on April 21 – 23rd here. In-person and virtual ticket options are available.
On the Journal + More
@ 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, with one-day, all access, and 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.
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Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday | Closed
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