CSU, Chico News

Graduate Student Shares Sustainability Research in Interactive Exhibit

Date: 04-08-2014

Adrienne Scott, Curator
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico graduate student Robert Stevens will present his research on sustainable clothing practices in a multifaceted exhibit titled “Seed to Skin” on Wednesday, April 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Selvester’s Café.

Stevens’ exhibit will examine how access to regionally produced fiber, local and indigenous weaving techniques and guilds, and clothing-fiber agriculture are important but often neglected components of ecological and economic sustainability. The presentation will include a demonstration on a locally produced loom, an indigenous weaving display, and conversations about the budding movement to "know your farmer, know your fiber."

His research will be the subject of a documentary created through the University’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA). He will begin filming later this month, aided by a grant from AS (Associated Students) Sustainability.

The event is free and sponsored by AS Sustainability, the College of Agriculture and the Department of Anthropology.

“While there has been much examination of our food agricultural systems, fiber agriculture is still under the radar,” said Stevens, who is pursuing his master’s in cultural anthropology. “As much as popular consciousness has embraced ‘know your farmer, know your food’ paradigm, there is an important opportunity and need to ‘know your farmer, know your fiber,’ and to find out about regionally and sustainably made clothing and fabrics.”

For more information, call the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at 530-898-5397.