In Camphill Soltane's Textile work area, 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.
Textile design by artists with and without developmental disabilities
In Entwine 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 work area is involved in the design of our fabrics and prints.
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.
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.
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.
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.