In the Fiber Loft for a second mentoring conversation with fiber artisan, Steven Berg. Steven developed his life mantra in his youth. “I refuse to live unnoticed and I will never die forgotten” is embroidered on a piece of burlap still amongst his things. His internal plan has manifested itself in one profound way. StevenBe was chosen in 2016 as one of the top 10 greatest knitting and yarn shops in North America.
Our conversation is grounded in the history of knitting, brushes with famed, Andy Warhol, his view on relationships, and how Steven has thrived in an ever-changing landscape. Sunday Morning Fiber Temple time for camaraderie, fellowship, and knitting therapy? This event could almost convert me into becoming a knitter!
Trends of knitting go in 20-year ebb and flow cycles, according to Steven. The trends parallel women’s role changes dating back to the 1600s. Who are the lapsed knitters? How have the Millennials influenced the knitting industry? What has led to a spike in revenue this year? Click and listen.
From StevenBe.com Steven is a fiber artisan that is armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries.
Berg began his career early as a young boy, furiously knitting lines of sequin dresses for a discerning clientele of Barbies in Wisconsin. This naturally led him to become a star student in fashion design at both Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
SteveBe is a 6,000-square foot studio devoted to fiber arts. The former fire station in South Minneapolis showcases Steven Berg’s personal collection of antiques and objects d’artes from around the world within a grander and yet more personal milieu. It is the grown-up version of The Factory, Andy Warhol’s infamous incubator of 70s pop art – without the drugs and alcohol. Instead, delightful food, gorgeous design, innovative programming and personalized service will inspire the next wave in needle arts.
The studio is a cross between your grandmother’s attic and your eccentric uncle’s boudoir and is literally packed to the rafters with the very best and most unusual yarn and accoutrements the knitting world has to offer. There is never a dull moment at the shop. Events and classes never cease. They include weekend morning previews and full length afternoon workshops. The studio’s fully-equipped kitchen promises gourmet brunches, lunches, and teas.
Resources discussed during today’s mentoring conversation.
Millennials, also known as Generation Y or the Net Generation, follow the Generation X demographic. Millienials were born between 1982 and 2004. They make up 75.4 million people. Babyboomers, who are now 52 to 70 years old, make up 74.9 million people.
- Visit StevenBe’s at 3448 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Also check out his online New Arrivals for holiday specials.
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I Refuse to Live Unnoticed and I will Never Die Forgotten, Episode 53 www.stevenbe.com
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Next Monday’s Mentoring Conversation:
Pete Machalek of SagePresence is in the studio. Do you need help with designing and refining your story? Pete has ideas to help you out. www.sagepresence.com