#23 - Clara Parkes on all things wool industry & community

In my podcast A Smaller Life, I talk to makers and business owners in my industry (and sometimes beyond) about making conscious choices and growing your brand by actually going smaller.

In this episode, you’ll hear from le Grande Dame of Wool, Clara Parkes.
Clare is a New Your Times bestselling author, speaker and wool advocate.
Oh m'gosh I had so much fun talking to Clara Parkes, our first conversation 'in sound' was awesome. Le Grand Dame of Wool has a way of talking about serious issues in such a fun way. This talk was recorded and shared with the Ja, Wol community in the late summer of 2021 but I'm so happy to share it with all of you now. We talk about trade offs, compromises we make as conscious knitters, how the industry is build and how we can keep it going and our heart's work; eating chips on you tube.
If you are interested in serious information, packed in a bunch of laughter, this is your episode. It was wonderful to expand our Insta DM relationship to a visible and audible conversation. 
I hope you'll love it as much as I did.

Allan Savory - TED talk on reverse desertification
Mary Portas - the Kindness Economy Podcast, episode with Sebastian Pole co-founder of Pukka tea 
Priya Parker - the Art of Gathering book, website here
Clara Parkes

This is where you’ll find Clara's work
Website: www.claraparkes.com
Instagram: @claraparkes
Community: The Wool Channel
The two first people that join the Ja, Wol Community and send me a dm saying 'I want to learn more', will get a free copy of Vanishing Fleece. 
the Knitters book of Yarn - Clara Parkes
The knitters book of wool - Clara Parkes
The Knitters book of socks - Clara Parkes

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