This last Monday (08/03/2020) my guest was Diane Ivey from Lady Dye Yarns. Diane joined me from her home in Boston, MA. Diane's pronouns are she and her.
This interview lasted about an hour. Most of our conversation revolved around business, craftivism, and equality... both in the fiber arts industry and in America.
We talked about not only equality but equity... and how that was important. We talked about the way yarn companies work with designers. Diane spoke about the socio-economic impact of black women who want to join the fiber arts industry but who also have to hold down an 'essential job'.
Diane talked a lot about how important this next election is. And she has started an initiative, emPOWER PEOPLE, that she and I invite you to get involved and participate in.
Diane finished with a positive note... thanking some people in the fiber arts industry for the work they have done in the area of inclusion and diversity.
Please list to this great interview to hear all this and more from a very smart and charismatic lady.
Diane Ivey's Biography: Diane Ivey is the owner and Creative Director of Lady Dye Yarns, an indie-dye yarn company since 2010. A knitter for 18 years and a dyer, spinner and crocheter for 13, Diane looks forward to not only expanding her company but using her expertise in growth and expansion with other BIPOC businesses to grow on a national scale. She spent 16 years in the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism from Georgia College & State University. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Suffolk University.
"Our freedom and our equality is tied to each other no matter what race, gender identity, socio economics, or background. If we all want equality in pay, work, reproductive rights, and more, we must work together as one."
Here are the resource links to some of the things we talked about on the show...
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