Meet an Incline member: Kelsy Black

Kelsy - Missing the sun!

Supporting members make The Incline possible, so we wanted to put them in the spotlight with this series.

Meet member Kelsy Black, a creative sewist (sew + artist), Point Breeze resident, and helpful neighbor who would make Mr. Rogers proud.

Where in town might people run into you?

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse’s fabric section, the Waterfront AMC, Ineffable Ca Phe (or anywhere with bubble tea), and walking around Market Square on my lunch breaks.

What’s something you’re working on — in big ways or small — that you could use help with?

I’ve been learning a lot about sustainability this year and it has affected so many of my buying choices! The fashion and textile industry is a HUGE pollutant and we as consumers feed into the cycle by continuing to buy disposable fashion. If everyone just extended the wear of an item for an extra nine months instead of getting rid of it, it would reduce potential carbon emissions by up to 30%.

What made you decide to become a member of The Incline?

Mr. Rogers always reminded us to look for the helpers — The Incline is helping our neighbors by telling our stories and the power of truthful investigation. How can I not? (Editor’s note: Thanks Kelsy, we appreciate you!)

What local business do you think deserves a shoutout (and why)?

I’m a sewist and I love going to Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for their fabric, supplies, and well, EVERYTHING! Also Make + Matter, Firecracker Fabrics, & All Well Workshop — gotta love fellow Pittsburgh makers.

What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved?

Phipps’ Festival of Trees holiday lights were GORGEOUS. I’ve been recommending it to everyone!

What’s a recent story you’ve read about Pittsburgh that you wish more people cared about (and why)?

I’ve been following the pieces about how Pittsburgh is the worst city for black women, and it has been really troubling to me. As a white woman, I have been too unaware of this, and I want to do better and foster intersectionality. I know it isn’t my job to speak for any group, but I want to help pass the mic and make our city better for all our neighbors.

What are you celebrating in your life right now

I’m celebrating the community of creatives in Pittsburgh! There are so many other awesome makers and through Instagram, it has been awesome to connect and be inspired by their cool projects!

Supporting members like Kelsy make our work possible — and they get special perks like event discounts, ticket giveaways, and bonus content in the newsletter. Become an Incline member today to join the crew.