May 18, 2017

We won the Swiss Ethics Prize!

Dear all, Starting a new project or business is always filled with obstacles and unknowns, and as an entrepreneur, you are never sure whether you are doing it ‘right’. The path is filled with different daily challenges, like building a team, finding customers, developing products and services that
January 2, 2017

Join our potluck dinner on January 19th

First, happy new year to all of our members and friends. 2016 was clearly a year of change and polarisation at an international level, though perhaps those of us living in Switzerland have been somewhat isolated from that. Moving into 2017, we would like to renew our commitment
December 10, 2016

Our intimate relationship with fabric

Next to food, fabrics and clothing are the products that we have our most intimate relationships with. We wrap ourselves in our fabric sheets during the night, we dry ourselves with fabric towels after we shower, and we clothe ourselves in fabric garments that make a personal statement
November 24, 2016

Giving and receiving feedback in different cultures

At Social Fabric we live the term ‘diversity’ – we have a truly intercultural team, and that brings with it many rich opportunities for co-creation and idea exchange. It also brings some challenges that arise from different cultural expectations in the workplace. In order to overcome these challenges,
November 21, 2016

Trip to the Landesmuseum and holiday apéro at Social Fabric

It’s been an exciting and busy autumn, and we would like to celebrate by spending some time with our community. We have two events coming up during the next weeks; first, we are taking a trip to the Landesmuseum on the morning of December 1st. We will meet in
October 30, 2016

Social Fabric at the Landesmuseum and Circle Shop

Starting yesterday, October 29th, the Landesmuseum is selling our refugee-designed t-shirts, convertible rucksacks, and cosmetic cases in the museum boutique. Stop by to visit, and while your there, check out their exhibition on forced migration (‘Flucht’), and also the interesting textile section of their regular exhibition. We also
October 1, 2016

We crowdfunded an internship for Cisse!

This is a little note to thank all of our community members and supporters for supporting our ‘We Aspire’ campaign. Thanks to the support of 243 individuals, we raised more than chf 29 000, which will allow us to offer a work placement to Cisse, a refugee tailor
May 28, 2016

Social Fabric is looking for an intern!

We received a donation from the Römisch-katholische Kirchgemeinde Dübendorf, and we would like to use the entire amount to offer an internship to a refugee who is an F- or B-permit holder. Do you know someone with a migration background who has some sewing experience? Please forward them
May 19, 2016

Coming and Going

The cool thing about a community is that it constantly evolves. Our tailor, Stoyanka, has been an invaluable member of our team since the beginning, and she has taught us all a lot about the art and science (especially mathematics!) of pattern making, tailoring, and industrial clothing production.
January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Social Fabric looks back and forward…

2015 was an incredible and busy year. I founded Social Fabric in January, 2015, and since then, we made big steps toward becoming a self-sustaining social enterprise. After piloting the concept from our small shared space close to Sihlcity, we successfully pitched to enter the Innovate4Climate programme in
October 30, 2015

We made it!

  On September 13th, we launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise money for sewing machines for our new space, and to finance our refugee project. Our campaign ended on Wednesday, and we are thrilled and proud that we surpassed our funding goal. In 45 days, we
October 7, 2015

The story of how Social Fabric got started

  When I started Social Fabric last January, I was feeling a bit lost in my scientific career, and I was looking to do something that would create more meaning and a sense of community purpose. Fabrics and clothing are such a big part of our daily lives,
August 10, 2015

New Space

As some of you know, we’ve been searching for a new space for Social Fabric for quite a while. Our beloved atelier on Schulhausstrasse is going to be renovated starting in October/November, and we wanted to find a space that has an equally nice atmosphere, is convenient to
June 8, 2015

New website and logo, and pilot of our refugee programme

We are thrilled with our new website design, which was designed by the wonderful Anja Neumann at Anja is particularly interested in working with startups, and working with her has been simply great. We are still putting the final touches on our logo, but we expect that to
April 22, 2015

Workshop schedule for May. Also we need your advice!

Here is our upcoming course schedule at Social Fabric. Of course, don’t forget about our free drop-in sessions on Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons. Send us a message to sign up! All levels are welcome to sign up for our project workshop on May 13th (19.00 – 22.00, chf
April 9, 2015

Workshops and more

Dear all, It’s been a really exciting few weeks at Social Fabric. Mario Puntillo, a local designer who recently gave a course at Social Fabric, decided that he wants to be more involved in our programme in the future. I will meet with him next week, to discuss
March 17, 2015

Happenings at Social Fabric

Last night we had our first class with local designer Mario Puntillo. We finished taking our measurements, and made a basic pattern for the trousers we’ll be sewing starting from next week. We had a nice group of ladies, and paused now and then for a sip of