Casey Ryder owns PortFiber in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, Maine. Casey has been a maker all of her life, first sewing quilts with her grandmother and then dabbling in sewn clothing before become addicted to knitting. She started working at the Portland Fiber Gallery in 2009, learning how to spin, weave, felt, and dye, before taking over the business aspects of the shop. She purchased the business in 2013, changed the name to PortFiber, and has been continuing to build community around fiber arts with laniferous class offerings and woolly supplies for fiber artists. She is excited to be a part of the Textiles & Fashion Program to see how students explore their ideas with fiber as their medium.
Outside of her fiber life, she enjoys biking around Portland, drinking good coffee, cooking tasty food, reading about Anarchy, and chilling with her dog and cat.