It's 2020, and — when I wasn’t fighting AB5 tooth and nail, to save my business — I took some time over the holidays to figure out a better way to get compensated for the totality of the work I do on shearing jobs. To that end, I … READ MORE about New Year, New Pricing, New Services, New Everything
WORKING WOOL IN THE WEST
Follow a sweater with an “Italian Merino” label back far enough and chances are its life began not in Milan, but in Montana. Many people want to look behind the label and know where their clothes come from, but the textile supply chain — one of the most toxic on the planet — remains largely invisible. In Raw Material: Working Wool in the West, Stephany Wilkes tells the story of American wool through her own journey to becoming a certified sheep shearer.
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Or rather, the employment of a shepherd; Jim himself is still with us. Structurally, an elegy expresses sorrow, sings praises, and offers solace, and an appropriate format (poem, prose) is chosen. This is the … READ MORE about A Sweater Vest Elegy For a Shepherd
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I recently received my very first royalty check for my book, Raw Material. Almost one full year after publication, and thousands of copies sold, I received a check in the mail for $940.76. Here's a picture of … READ MORE about On Money For Art, or Why I Spent My $940.76 Royalty Check On Paintings
About Stephany Wilkes
Stephany Wilkes is the author of Raw Material: Working Wool in the West. She is also a sheep shearer certified by the University of California Agricultural and Natural Extension Center, a wool classer certified by the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), and the President of the Northern California Fibershed Cooperative.
Stephany Wilkes resides in San Francisco where she serves surrounding agricultural regions.