Do your clothes help or harm? 

Today’s clothing relies on transnational supply chains, petroleum-based materials, and land and labor exploitation. But what if your clothing could build ecosystem and community resilience, while regenerating healthy soil and land?

The Borrowed from the Soil Exhibition explores a future vision where the way we produce and use one of our most basic human necessities – clothing — can support the longevity and health of our local ecosystems and communities. Explore the process behind the production of locally-grown and made clothing that connects you to California farms, mills and designers. This exhibition follows the journey from cotton and flax fields to sheep ranches and alpaca farms through the transformations of raw materials into beautiful textiles, embedding into the design process an understanding of how these materials can be healthfully returned back into our soils. We invite you to help build a collective understanding on the interconnectedness between material, design, and consumer choices, and the land and people whom these choices impact. 



All of the featured designers in the exhibition are either participating in Fibershed’s year-long design challenge or a design student in one of our partner Design School programs.

Each maker is exploring how their design choices can embed longevity, compostability, and respect for the soil while using local natural fibers grown on Climate Beneficial farms and ranches.

Participating Makers: Mira Musank, Carol Lee Shanks, Kelsey Chen, Janice Paredes, Alma Heffernan, Jasmin Viducic, and Tonisha Gilmore.

Student Design Showcase in partnership with California State University, Sacramento, Fashion Merchandising and Management Program. Faculty Advisor: Emily Oertling, Ph.D.; Student Designers: Kayley Kirkaldie, Andrea Armstrong

Artist Statements will be available in October. 

Each designer is incorporating some or all of the Design Focus Areas: Look for these Focus Areas listed on each display.

  • Compostability: Utilization of natural fibers and dyes that begin and end with the soil, including notion material choices such as threads and closures. 
  • Longevity: High quality designs and materials that reflect long-lasting use, repairability, adaptability, and mobility in every component of the piece.
  • Zero Waste Design: Garment and pattern design to prevent fabric waste.

The exhibition will also feature work by the talented, Petaluma-based photographer — Paige Green, along with work by California-based fiber sculpturist Emma Doven. 


Location: Buddha Barn (down the road from Fibershed Learning Center) — 13201 Pt. Reyes – Petaluma Rd, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Tickets: Tickets are sold through our pre-sale and at the door, for $10. All proceeds go to Fibershed programs. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are sold by a 1-hour arrival time slot. (Please try your best to arrive during this timeframe, but as long as you arrive on the day noted on your ticket, your ticket is valid.)


  • Friday, November 10, 1-3pSoft Opening/ in conjunction with our annual Symposium (Purchase ticket here.)
  • Saturday, November 11, 11-2p — Reception
    • 11-1p Meet the Makers
  • Sunday, November 12, 11-3p
  • Monday, November 13, 11-3p
  • Tuesday, November 14, 11-3p
  • Wednesday, November 15 — Open for School Visits Only
  • (Update: This date is fully booked)
  • Thursday, November 16 — Open for School Visits Only (Update: This date is fully booked)