Sunday 1:40 pm EDT
Hand dyed yarn, Undyed yarn, Knitting patterns
Kalea Turner-Beckman is a yarn producer, natural dyer, and knitwear designer living on Treaty 6 Territory in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Canada). After studying Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, she returned to Canada and turned to textile production to put her ideas into practice. As a self proclaimed luddite, Kalea is passionate about disrupting the exploitative global wool industry by creating yarns that are ethical and sustainable at every step of the supply chain. She works directly with sheep farms and fibre mills in her local area that focus on environmental practices, regenerative agriculture, and animal welfare to produce small batch, breed specific yarns. The yarns are dyed in her home dye studio using home grown dye plants, kitchen waste, foraged weeds, waste from local businesses, and sustainably sourced dye extracts. Kalea also designs knitting patterns with the characteristics of natural fibres and specific wool breeds in mind. She is fascinated by how we communicate culture and gender identity through clothing and textiles, and draws inspiration from the Celtic, Scandinavian, and Ukrainian heritage of her family.