Weaver's hands
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

More than 405 people make their living
as full-time, professional fiber artists.

More than 2,500 people are part-time
fiber artists or hobbyists.

Woven cloth
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

Those fiber artists buy products from
•  more than 51 yarn shops
•  more than 83 textile-related stores
and display their work in more than 80 galleries.

Kids and sheep
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

There are more than 462 fiber animal farms
and at least 5,000 fiber animals.
Plus, 21 cotton farms.

Work by students
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

Seven schools and colleges offer fiber arts education,
ranging from weekend workshops for introducing new skills
to two-year professional degree programs that prepare
students for the business of art.

Work by students
Fiber is the economic thread that connects our region

Twelve textile mills process raw fibers and spin yarns,
weave commercial upholstery fabrics and household accessories,
and heavy duty commercial carpeting.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
Erin Castellan: Slow Seeing – Fabric, Thread, Yarn, and Paint

Mary Zicafoose: Power of Cloth
Erin Catellan

Erin E. Castellan will discuss the ideas and inspirations behind her work. She will give a brief overview of her earlier work studying textile design and weaving followed by a discussion of more recent works that combine fiber processes with painting to encourage slow viewing experiences and intimate tactile engagements.

Erin E. Castellan lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She creates colorful, painterly collages using hand-embroidery, knitting, crochet, and various found and painted fabrics. Erin fully embraces thread and other textile materials as her “paint” and enjoys the expressive range these tactile materials can offer. Her embroidered paintings have been exhibited at galleries and museums across the United States, including the Union Street Gallery in Chicago, the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Recently, her work was on view locally in the Contemporary Southern Textile exhibit at Blue Spiral 1 gallery.

Erin received a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University's Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. She was a 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

For more information, please visit her website.

5:30 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
67 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC 28787 (map)

Saturday June 4, 2016
2016 Fiber Feel Day

Local Cloth's annual exposition of local fiber animals and local fiber products, Fiber Feel Day, is Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 (map). Admission is free.

The popular event offers Asheville-area residents a chance to meet local fiber farmers and fiber artists and to "feel" sheep, alpaca, goat and rabbit fleeces and fiber products, such as yarn, and woven and felted fabric.

Fiber Producers and Artists: Register Now For Booth

Any local fiber farmer or fiber artist may exhibit their products at Fiber Feel Day. Costs for booth space range from $25 to $50.


Call for Entry
Local Cloth's Project Handmade 2016: Elements of Nature

Project Handmade 2016 logo

Local Cloth is proud to present its third regional wearable art fashion show featuring contemporary designs by textile artists and designers within a 100-mile radius of Asheville, NC. The Project Handmade 2016 goal is to inspire and encourage local artists to showcase their creative visions of handmade fashion, incorporating locally sourced materials within the region’s fiber and textile arts community.

This year, we welcome individual garments, entire ensembles or accessories reflecting the theme: Elements of Nature.

The show will be September 22, 2016, at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. Deadline for entries is July 10. 2016, with acceptance notification by August 10, 2016, and accepted garments due September 1, 2016.

To enter, please download the Entry Form, print it, write in your entry information, then mail the completed form to:
Local Cloth
PO Box 9622
Asheville, NC 28815.

For more information, you may download these documents: Call for Entry and Project Handmade FAQs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Folk Art Center
Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy
Asheville, NC 28805 (map}

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For each dollar you spend at Amazon.com, Amason will donate five cents to Local Cloth's treasury. To be certain Local Cloth receives the benefit, please follow these steps each time you shop:

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All products will be priced the same.

  Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 18
Textile Study Group

Erin Castellan – Slow Seeing: Fabric, Thread, Yarn, and Paint

Saturday, June 4
Fiber Feel Day 2016

Join us for a day of hands-on fiber shopping, learning and fun. Talk to local farmers, enhance your fiber skills, and take home the beauty of our region's artisans.

Sunday July 10
Deadline: Call for Entry

Call for Entry: Now Open. Deadline is July 10, 2016. For more information, download Call for Entry rules, 2016 Entry Form, and and Project Handmade FAQs.

Other important dates:
Acceptance Notice: Aug. 10, 2016
Accepted Work Due: Sept. 1, 2016
Project Handmade Show: Sept. 22, 2015

Thursday September 22
Project Handmade 2016: Elements of Nature

Local Cloth presents its third regional wearable art fashion show featuring contemporary designs by textile artists and designers within a 100-mile radius of Asheville, NC.