In celebration of their recent 10 year anniversary we are posting this Studio Portrait. We are so glad to be working with you Karida & wish you many more years of prosperity:
Neighborhood Fiber Co. specializes in dyeing yarns that reflect distinct urban spaces. As a black owner of an artistic business Karida Collins hopes to be a link back to fellow urban dwellers in Baltimore. Opening up her shop to experienced and beginning knitters alike she is creating spaces for community through craft. Neighborhood Fiber Co. has a national audience and can be seen at many shows near and far. We were so excited to get to be in this space and have a nice chat with Karida.
1. How long have you been in this current space and how has your arts practice affected it?
I’ve been here since late August. So only a few months. This space has opened the doors for so much of the work I want to do to create a real community space for fiber artists. Also, having space for retail and classes has enabled us to quickly transition between workspace and public space.
2. What do you require logistically to create a usable space?
At different times in my practice, I’ve been able to get by with just plumbing. Now that I’m able to really choose my ideal space, I feel like I need good light, lots of open space, and a commercial stove.
3. What are some of the reasons why you have a space dedicated to your making practice?
I have had lots of different workspaces, including some that were in my living space. At one point, the only place I could be in my apartment without seeing yarn was the bathroom. Although I love the idea of rolling out of bed and starting work, I’ve figured out that I need the separation. Without it, I will work all the time.
4. What kind of sacred space(s) do you have in your studio – is it an altar, a meditation space, a nice moment of repose?
This is the first time that I’ve had a dedicated and private office space since I started hiring people. By nature, I’m an introvert, and having a space that is only mine makes me really happy. I got very used to working alone in my studio, so now that I have three employees, I struggle to find solitary moments at work to just reflect.
5. What was the greatest feat that you overcame in this space?
I’m honestly still in awe of the fact that I have this space. I can’t believe that it’s mine! At a point during construction, we were weeks delayed, and I truly doubted that we would be able to ever move in. Just getting in here and being able to open the doors, is my greatest feat in this space.
Thank you so much Karida. We look forward to coming back often to your light & warmth filled space.
With love & light & beauty,
Ashton & Claire
Posted on a Last Quarter Moon