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Studio Destroyed

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This week a devastating accident destroyed my entire studio space. After painstakingly building my folk arts business for the last 6 years, this comes as a devasting loss both to our community and to my livelihood. As a fully self-employed, single woman, finances are always narrow, and I have lost more than 80% of my business through this tragedy.
Funds donated will be used to replace equipment, materials, and the nuts-and-bolts that make a studio run. Many of these tools are used in education, to teach natural dyes, spinning, and keep fiber arts and history alive. Without these tools, I have lost my sole income generator, and the emotional impact is truly devastating. In addition to the loss of material possessions, it is unlikely I will be able to find a studio with as affordable rent as I had, and spaces I find may require construction fees, not to mention the vibrant and inspiring community our beloved space provided.
An abbreviated list of losses includes:
Silk and specialty fabrics and items: $3800
Organic and natural dyes: $1200
Weaving Loom: $800
Dye equip (pots, burners, plates, spinners, etc): $800
Computer/tech: $1400
Spinning Fiber & Yarns: $700
General Furniture/Storage: $800
Sewing Patterns, Specialty Dye Literature, etc: $600
Misc Teaching Supplies: $300
As a woman who earns her keep dyeing, I find myself suddenly naked without a dye pot, and not even a burner to put one upon. Any support you can share will truly make a difference in my livelihood; if financial aid is not possible for you right now, even posting or letting someone know about my workshops makes a huge difference to me, and keeps a roof over my head.
Other ways to support include shopping what limited inventory remains on my website:
Or through continued support on Patreon at:

Regarding insurance and preparedness: I intended for business insurance to begin in January, but the slow grind of state bureaucracy resulted in delayed LLC formation, which finally came through just days before the accident, and before I could be fully insured. My personal insurance may cover a fraction of the losses, but it is likely to be some time before we're able to understand what, if anything, can be covered through policies.


  • Melodee Landis
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Martha Carter
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Marilyn Horn
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Mary Knisely
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Bonnie Lenneman
    • $25 
    • 2 yrs


Lesley Darling
Lincoln, NE

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