The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

A fresh generation are marching for revolution and they want to wear clothes that tell a new story. Let’s give it to them. – Naomi Klein

Hi everyone! My name is Katie, and I am a metro Detroiter, fiber artist, dog and cat mom, wife, and speech-language pathologist. I began knitting in 2014 when a few of my coworkers and I met up at a bar and an occupational therapist taught us the basics of knit/purls while drinking beers. The more I drank, the worse I got, but I’ve been hooked on both the beer and the craft ever since.

I have two main objectives for Warmth Detroit:

  1. To create an inclusive fiber art community in the metro-Detroit area that welcomes all, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or skill level. There has been a recent shift in the fiber art/knitting community to create a more inclusive and representative population, and the aim for Warmth Detroit is to help to bring the talents of PoC to the forefront.
  2. To promote a lifestyle change within our community that focuses on slow fashion. Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to climate change? Or that global clothing production has doubled between the years 2000-2014? Or that polyester is fossil-fuel based and is used in 60% of all garments? (info via FashionRevolution). Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last few months, you’ve heard that we have 12 years to limit climate change before the effects are irreversible. (for more information, check out https://www.coolearth.org/2018/10/ipcc-report-2/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1sriBRD-ARIsABYdwwFEVZrEOOKujuE40mnNkpE061X_iVStBjIb4iiHF4EgzyLjzSZVM1YaAiH9EALw_wcB). Warmth Detroit hopes to give fiber artists and novices the skills and resources to focus on slow fashion and realize that they have the power to fight climate change.

So, thanks again for joining me on this journey. If you live in the area and want to meet up and chat, drop a comment below or reach out via the “contact” page. Follow us on Instagram @warmthdetroit