Helen became interested in local fibers such as wool, alpaca, and mohair during her graduate research at Cornell University. She met and visited several fiber farmers and mill owners to learn more about the feasibility of developing locally produced clothing and textiles. She found that there are a variety of small-medium sized fiber farms with sheep, alpacas, angora, and cashmere goats in search of a market. She hopes to increase the visibility of the farms and share her knowledge about the wonderful fibers and animals for the development of a Circular Economy.
As a researcher, Nidia is interested in resolving some of the pollution issues within the fashion industry by considering upstream and downstream solutions. Nidia is exploring the development of a Circular Economy with natural, renewable fibers. She is also a board member of the Latinas in STEM Foundation, with the mission to inspire women to pursue and thrive in STEM fields.