BIPOC in Fiber is a website and resource portal designed to amplify and celebrate the work of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour working in the fibre industry. BIPOC in Fiber is the idea of British most prominent black knitwear designer, Jeanette Sloan. Jeanette has been a designer for over 30 years and was recently awarded a British Empire Medal in recognition of her contribution to knitwear design and her work to improve diversity in the fibre arts.
Since our founding, BIPOC in Fiber has had many talented people contribute to the project. Now, our day-to-day running is led by Jeanette and Alyson.
Founding Team Member
Meet the Team
Code of conduct
Although UK-based, BIPOC in Fiber has a global remit. That is, to celebrate the talent of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour working with fibre and to improve the representation of BIPOC in the fibre industry. The BIPOC in Fiber website serves as an interactive directory and resource portal which since its launch in May 2020 has been available for all to use. Whether it’s a publication looking for a tech editor, a consumer looking for an indie dyer or a student looking to interview a knitwear designer. As BIPOC working in and with fibre we include them all—and everything in between—thereby enabling them to be recognised and rewarded for their work; something we believe has been long overdue. That is until now.
Since it was founded in 2019, BIPOC in Fiber has had one clear vision. To enrich the fibre industry for everyone, both BIPOC and non-BIPOC, and make it as diverse as the community it serves. Four years on, we’re still working towards that ideal. And, just as importantly, we’re committed to building a legacy that ensures BIPOC in Fiber will continue to serve both the industry and community for many years to come.
As a values-led BIPOC-led project we do not tolerate any kind of hate speech, violence, threats of violence or intolerance across any of our platforms specifically but not limited to those based on race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, age, body size or physical ability. With that said we reserve the right to remove any comments we deem offensive, bigoted or antagonistic posted on any BIPOC in Fiber platform.