Susan tells us about falling in love with your work.

Susan may not be the first person to tell you to “do what you love”, but she may be the first to tell you a love story of purpose and career. In a romantic story about striving to resolve women’s rights’ issues, falling head-over-heels in love with women artisans and their craft, Susan talks about building the IBU movement, empowering women around the world, and finding true purpose in life.

About the speaker

Susan Hull Walker, who founded ibu in 2013, studied World Religions at Harvard Divinity School and served for eighteen years as a minister in Maine, San Francisco, and Charleston, SC. Returning to school to study Fiber Arts, she learned to weave and speak in the language of cloth. It opened her eyes to the very thing she had been looking for in her previous work - a woman’s way of recording her mind and soul. What she didn’t find in parchment and page, she found in textiles. A woman’s text.

As a weaver, Susan began to work with women’s cooperatives around the world to preserve the skills and stories of their region. Her designs showcase the sumptuous beauty of the world’s textiles for women who want to wear the colors of many tribes, and in them, belong to what is bold and strong, eruptive and free.

ibu allies are rising into a new kind of beauty and strength; glamour that is global and real. They are wearing authority spun out of the earth’s fibers, dyed with feeling and memory, and woven into vestments which preside over the sacred moments of every day, or home goods which make a house rich in soul.

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