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In Good Company

In Camphill Soltane's Textile Design Enterprise we work as weavers, sewers, and screen printers. We offer support to each other in our work, so that our strengths become visible and our limitations overcome. Together, we make beautiful bags, scarves, and t-shirts that we could never create alone. We use only high quality, natural, non-toxic, and organic materials.

in good company

Textile and Fashion Design by Artists with and without Developmental Disabilities

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In the Textile Design Enterprise we work as weavers, sewers, or screen printers. Every day all members work on their specific part of the production. We offer support to each other in our work, so that our strengths become visible and our limitations overcome. Together, we make beautiful bags, scarves, and t-shirts that we could never create alone.

We want to take care of our earth. Therefore, we only use high quality, natural, non-toxic, and organic materials.

Every day, all members gather for 15-30 minutes to work creatively with the current inspiration theme (we work with two themes per year). We draw, paint, work with clay, tell stories, learn interesting facts, read books, watch movies, and go on field trips to explore the current theme. We use the colors, patterns, and images in the production process. In this way, everyone in the Textile Enterprise is involved in the design of our fabrics and prints.

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Weaving

Weaving professionals and apprentices are responsible for producing scarves and fabric for bags. Making warps and setting up the looms are an important part of the weaver's job.

 

 

 

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Sewing

In the sewing unit, professionals and apprentices create monk bags, totes, zippered pouches and pillows. Sewing involves measuring, marking, and cutting patterns, using a sewing machine and iron.

 

 

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Screen Printing

A printer apprentice or professional is involved in t-shirt production and other printing jobs. Mixing inks and proper heat-settings are important aspects of printing.

 

 

 

 

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Community

As designers, weavers, screen printers, and sewers we are part of the wider circle of artists and craftsmen who have turned their creative endeavors into a profession. Throughout the year, we attend craft shows at the Kimberton Waldorf School, the Philly Folk Fest, and many others. There, we well our products to customers, while meeting other creative professionals.

In addition, we seek to build relationships with the local arts and crafts community through the Weaver's Guild of Philadelphia and the Phoenixville Arts Center. Through our online store on Easy, our products reach customers world-wide. Visit us at www.ingc.etsy.com!


My co-workers with disabilities are some of the most important colleagues to me and to others in the studio. Not only do our talents complement each other nicely; we also get excited about all aspects of our work the way few can. But most of all, I am fortunate because I have found my vocation. Not a job, but the very thing that sustains me and gives joy and meaning to my life. How many people get to say this nowadays?
— Maja Schelski, founder of in good company