About Wildwood Press
Wildwood Press is a for-profit, for social good business.
It sounds like a weird combination doesn’t it? For-profit and for-social-good? This hybrid mission of making a positive social impact and also watching the bottom line isn’t new. Wildwood Press is funded by members’ fees and publication sales. Wildwood Press started in 2009 as a way to combine my enthusiasm for textile arts (okay, I’ll admit, I LOVE knitting) and to create awareness of the rich textile community within the Midwest.
This happens in several ways:
- Write and publish books and articles featuring Midwest fiber and textile people and places.
- Collaborate with local communities to create Fiber Arts Trails in their area.
- Provide a resource-rich website that includes Fiber Arts Trail destination pages, individual Fiber Arts Trail member pages, a business directory listing, a Trail Map, Midwest textile events listings and feature stories.
So far, Wildwood Press has created awareness of over 175 Midwest fiber artists through printed publications, online feature stories, exhibits and events. This is done via the nationally sold annual calendar, Fiber Art Almanac; online Almanac Blog, a twice monthly newsletter and social media. (Just over 2600 fans on Facebook!) Each of these broadcast methods reflect the ‘goings-on’ and happenings of the fiber arts community at that particular time.
Fiber Arts Trail building got underway in 2014
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails explore the Midwest’s rich textile community through the promotion of fiber arts activities and cultural tourism.
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails seeks to build a network of community-based art trails to fulfill its mission to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists. Each community-based Trail may include individual artists, galleries, arts centers, museums, shops, woolen mills and farms. Each Trail is unique to their place, local history, and member objectives. Trail members may offer an annual weekend event, member exhibit, workshops, demonstrations and special programming to promote their members and community to their audience of fiber enthusiasts.
All Trail members’ art and activities are featured and marketed on Midwest Fiber Arts Trails website year-round.
Mission, vision and values:
The mission of Wildwood Press is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.
Midwest Fiber Arts Trails are where fiber enthusiasts can find useful information, resources, insights and inspiration for their own creative expression, opportunities to participate in fiber arts activities and to plan fun trips around the Midwest.
The Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and Fiber Art Almanac:
- Celebrate the synergy between place and textile art and design
- Honor the influence of historic textiles on contemporary work and future vision
- Encourage discovery and growth in self expression
- Foster creativity and collaboration
- Change as a reflection of the community
- Welcome everyone.
Publisher and Founder, Fiber Art Almanac & Midwest Fiber Arts Trails