Image captions: left: “African Burial Ground”, 2009; right: “Meanderings of an Imaginary River”, 2020 by Valerie S. Goodwin  Valerie Goodwin is a mixed media fiber artist, architect, and educator whose fine art works are included in museums and private collections. She has received degrees in architecture...

Today, National Nonprofit Day, recognizes the efforts nonprofits and charities put into making an impact in their communities. In 2019, Natalie, CEO and creative director of Alabama Chanin, continued her commitment to textiles and community by founding Project Threadways. We are a nonprofit that records, studies,...

During the recent Project Threadways Symposium—a virtual event in partnership with Alabama Chanin, Project Threadways, and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area—several presenters discussed the topic of indigo dyeing and processing, both historical and modern. As our partner, Alabama Chanin, moves forward with their Botanical...

This story was originally posted on the Alabama Chanin Journal on January 19, 2016. I’ve been reading Pattern Recognition (2003) by William Gibson as a sort of “digital book club” with a friend of mine who lives in another state. I’ve never been a huge fan of science...

Project Threadways, as a concept and idea, has been in the works for several years—taking shape in Natalie’s mind for even more. Last spring, the planning, learning, researching, and visioning came to life at the inaugural Project Threadways symposium, held at The Factory in April....

“These living arts have been passed down by oral histories through generations of women and men—connecting us to our roots, our past, our community, and consequently to our present.”— Natalie Chanin, 2008From the original introduction to Alabama Stitch Book A connection to community has always been deeply...