- To encourage artistic expression and reconnect community members with their cultural heritage through the use of and preservation of fiber arts techniques. -
The consequences of industrialization have created a demand for accountability in manufacturing. This shifting paradigm moves from a binary system where the only concerns were productivity and profit, to
a conscientious collective where consequences matter.
" While the preservation of fiber arts is critical, so is the education and promotion of the very fibers which are the backbone of the fiber textile arts industry."
Emerging on a global scale is the demand for accountability where the end doesn't justify the means and where pillaging of resources and cultures is no longer acceptable.
This is a positive change for the countless micro cultures which rely on
fiber/fiber arts not simply for economics, but also as part of their cultural identity. Preserving these rich histories and traditions is a critical part of RFAPS'S mission.
While the preservation of fiber arts is critical, so is the education and promotion of the very fibers which are the backbone of the fiber arts/textile industries. It's not simply educating people about the positive aspects of unmanufactured natural fibers such as wool, silk, cashmere, flax, hemp, cotton et al... but also addressing the disinformation propagated in an effort to delegitimize many of these fibers by labeling them as "cruel, unethical, environmentally destructive." The truth is, wool, mohair, silk (and all other animal protein fibers) cotton, linen, flax et al... not only comprise some of Earth's most useful, renewable and sustainable resources, but also are integral to the existence of many important under-developed communities.