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Crafting Understanding: A Conversation for the Fiber Arts Community
What do belonging and exclusion look and feel like? How have you seen this within the crafting community?
Humans create communities for so many reasons: safety, belonging, shared interests and values, and as an extension of identity. The fiber arts community reflects many of those ideals. Sharing creative ideas, designs, and skills can be energizing for crafters and artists of all ages and walks of life. The fiber arts community, much like society as a whole, has not been immune to political and racial tensions. Efforts to promote more equitable representation of all subgroups within the community have been challenging. At times, there have been feelings of being unwelcome on all sides. This conversation offers an opportunity to listen to each other and appreciate the shared interests that created this community. By recognizing and allowing our differences, we can find ways to remain connected and supportive of each other regardless of personal background.