zero-waste since 1998

                      My studio is focused on wool, a naturally renewable and recyclable material.  My design and production process maximizes the use of recycled material and minimizes the production of waste. Each year
I process thousands of pounds of wool fabric and fibers, including post-consumer wool garments, virgin wool fabrics, and virgin wool fleece. I buy raw fleece directly from American shepherds on small American farms.

My studio practice is organized for ZERO WASTE. Each year I send almost no solid waste to landfills.  All scrap - including cuffs, collars, seams, labels, leftover scrap from virgin wool fabrics, plus bits of yarn and fiber - is  RECLAIMED and reused in the production of new items from the studio.

My studio has been zero waste since 1998.

Sheep - the living, sentient source of wool - are generally known to be the oldest domesticated animal.  The human relationship with sheep is both cultural and ecological.  The diversity of sheep breeds are a direct result of the historical relationship between human beings and sheep. Different breeds of sheep produce different types of wool suited to different climates and different human uses. 

                             For over 15 years I have been making delightful and useful items from wool including ornaments, potholders and pincushions.  Many of these everyday, banal items are made by the tons “off shore” under conditions consumers don’t want to even think about when it comes to people or planet, or our children’s future.  My artistic vision is to explore the possibilities and current limitations of how such things (indeed, all human-made creations) can be created in a caring, responsible and thoughtful way when our relationship and interdependency to each other, the earth and its life forms, as well as our humanity, are included in the making process.

                                                                                               – Heidi Leugers 


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