After five years... Fiber Hooligan is Back!
After five years, Fiber Hooligan is back! Fiber Hooligan is a podcast hosted by yours’ truly, Benjamin Levisay, and dedicated to bringing you interviews with the best of the fiber arts & makers’ world… including experts, business people, and designers in the crafts of knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery, as well as anything else that I think is interesting.
Some of our future guests will be...
On Demand Fiber Hooligan Episodes...
Show notes, links, and more information about Laura Zander's interview, Louis Boria's (aka Brooklyn Boy Knits) interview, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt's interview, Shannon & Jason Mullett-Blowlsby's (aka the Shibazugz) interview, Gaye Glasspie's (aka GGMadeit or GG) interview, Debbie Macomber's interview, Charan Sachar's interview, a very special show with Heavenly Bresser, Karida Collin's interview, Anna Zilboorg's interview, Heavenly Bresser's interview, Adella Colvin's interview, Jennifer Wenger-Turchen's interview, and Diane Ivey's interview can be found on the Fiber Hooligans show notes blog. There are some useful links at the bottom of each of the posts. Please feel free to comment if you wish. Please check it out!
Upcoming Fiber Hooligan Shows...
This next Monday (08/10/2020) my guests will be the team from Oink Pigments.
Established in 2010, Oink Pigments is a purveyor of small-batch, hand-dyed yarns in Vista, CA and Indianapolis, IN. Our owners (Alexa, Helena, and Julie) are a trio of strong-willed humans who love pigs, puns, and purls. They have over 140 bright and playful colorways, available on over a dozen yarn & fiber bases.
Let me introduce you to the team...
Alexa Wilson (she/her) learned to knit in 2009, and knew from the moment she picked up the needles that she wanted to build a career in the fiber arts industry. She started dyeing in 2010, and has been in love with adding a bit of color to life ever since. Alexa continues to work hard to grow Oink Pigments, along with the rest of Team Oink, embarking on an incredible adventure through the yarnisphere. You can find her on the couch starting another new project, or buried under doggos, but probably both.
Helena Bristow (she/they) has been Vice Pigmentologist at Oink Pigments since its inception in 2010. She learned to crochet at age 4, and taught herself to knit when she started graduate school for the first time. She often jokes that “knitting stuck; grad school did not” -- Helena has now dropped out of two different graduate programs because she would rather be playing with yarn. Helena can usually be found driving all over the country in her yarn van, to fiber festivals and local yarn stores.
Julie Gillespie (she/her) keeps things running as Chief Oink Operator and head of Social Media & Marketing. She started knitting in 2007 on a whim and has been collecting different crafty skill sets ever since. Julie first joined Team Oink at Stitches West 2015, and was immediately informed that she was never allowed to leave. She can be found manning the Oink Pigments social media accounts, surrounded by a grumble of pugs. Founder of Sparkle Saturday, she always encourages others to shine bright.
Harper Hodes (they/he) has been a member of Team Oink for a few years now, and loves helping customers pair colors. They have been knitting since they were in high school and are strongly involved in advocacy for mental health issues, the LGBTQIA+ community, and disability access. Harper is a process knitter who enjoys color work, but much prefers petting and buying yarn to finishing projects. They can often be found in their wheelchair at the Oink booth reminding people to hydrate.
Oink Pigments is a very socially conscious company that makes every effort to insure their company is a welcoming, safe space for marginalized folx. Take a peek at their Code of Conduct for more details.
The only way that I could get all four of them on an interview was to pre-record it on a weekend. I've never done an interview with four other people, but we're going to try our best to keep it from being too chaotic. And I'll try not to do too much editing. Please tune in.
Click here at 11:00 am CDT on Monday, August 10, 2020 to listen to this pre-recorded show.