The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
Creative Makers Exhibit: Equinox Ltd.
Photographs of Equinox Ltd., which can be found in Lycoming County.
Many hands come together to make the quality products at Equinox Ltd.
This soft-goods manufacturer has specialized in products related to backpacking and hiking for the last 30 years.
Working out of the historic Pajama Factory complex in Williamsport, PA, Equinox employees carry on the legacy of the building's prominent textile history. Constructed in the late 1800s, the building was at one point utilized by the Weldon Pajama Factory – the largest pajama factory in the world during the mid-1950s.
Hidden in one of the upper floors of the complex is Equinox – and the production floor looks and feels much like it may have back at mid-century. Stacks of colorful materials – varying in texture – line shelves; sewing machines dot the workbenches; a long fabric-cutting station flanks the side of the room. Employees continue to use time-honored techniques, alongside modern technology, to produce Equinox’s “sewn goods that work great.”
Like an assembly line, skilled craftspeople come together, each lending a hand to usher a textile project to its next stage of completion.
There are the product and template designers, those tasked with developing new products and creating a pattern that can be used and reused.
Then there are the sewers, each using their hands and machines to bring the template to life time and time again.
And of course there are the people in between and at the ends, those who help take orders, ensure production quotas are met, and that quality is a common thread throughout all the pieces.
These images were captured by Bill Crowell as part of the 2018 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
The PA Wilds is home to an impressive and diverse community of skilled artisans, craftspeople, and producers working across a variety of media. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop is proud to source and curate our shop using products made the many talented makers of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
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PA Wilds Conservation Shops are owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more about our nonprofit mission please visit pawildscenter.org.