Fiber arts internship

Our newest internship opportunity is a focus on fiber arts and alpacas at our unique farm at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, (near Terre Haute) for a 3-6 month internship anytime between October and March.

Your days are divided up between working with our herd of alpacas (they provide the fiber!), in fiber arts, and some in the USDA certified organic garden

New! Fiber arts internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice! On-loom weaving, water and needle felting, knitting, crocheting, and more.

Working with the fiber:
Fiber processing:  skirting, carding, evaluation, dyeing
Basic fiber arts: knitting, spinning, weaving, crochet, felting
Sales preparation: washing, blocking, finishing, labeling
Sales management and record keeping
Fiber processing
Value-added product manufacture and finishing

Research:
New fiber processing techniques
New finished product methods
Market research, marketing research
Individualized research, e.g., fiber therapy, integrated art therapy

Major project of some kind:
Maybe a new fiber design; new processing method; or a new record-keeping strategy — you decide or we decide together.

Interns learning how to spin yarn.

Some bookwork and study in these areas will round out the experience:
•    Dyeing techniques
•    Historical fiber processing and production methods
•    Spiritual work with fiber (e.g., prayer shawls)
•    The role of fiber and fiber animals in various cultures
•    Working with fiber as therapy
•    Fiber evaluation methods
•    Understanding the fiber industry: natural and artificial fibers, plant and animal fibers, major exporters/producers, market trends & desirability
•    Genetics and breeding for fiber quality

Please inquire by submitting our online internship inquiry form or contact Sister Mary Montgomery at internswvc@spsmw.org or 812-535-2932.

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The 5-acre garden is USDA certified organic. Vegetables, such a these tomatoes, herbs and flowers are harvested by interns, volunteers and staff for the Community Supported Agriculture vegetable share program, the Sisters of Providence dining rooms, or the Terre Haute farmers' market. Extras are donated to local food banks.

Get in touch

Thank you for your interest in an internship with us!  Do you have more questions about being an intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice? Please complete the form here and someone from the program will contact you.

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