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JUDI JETSON, CHAIRMAN


CHAIRMAN | 2020 - 2023  

TERM | 2020 - 2026

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

I'm a spinner, dyer, knitter and papermaker; I also enjoy teaching all of these things.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

I love that we invented the type of place we want to visit, with all of the things we like to do. I love that we have 500 members who've found "their tribe," and are bringing more people here all the time. I love that we're a learning community and volunteer-led.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

My superpower is being able to make dreams come true in a nonprofit environment. I worked for a national public interest group - The Council of State Governments - to develop solutions to the Farm Crisis in the 1980s. I helped the US Small Business Administration create partnerships with states to help grow rural small companies. In the 1990s and 2000s I created a program to connect university faculty and non-profits to improve the lives of children, families and communities throughout Florida. And in 2010 I came to Western North Carolina to help small towns revitalize their communities by partnering with artists.

DENISE ARCURI, SECRETARY


TERM | 2022 - 2025

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Garment design and Eco-printing

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

Creative, collaborative and inspirational members

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

I am in total agreement with Local Cloth's Mission Statement supporting Farmers and Artists.

JO ANN STANLEY, TREASURER

TERM | 2022 - 2025

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

I love knitting! And I'm a weaving wannabe.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

The creative community.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

As Treasurer, I try to stay organized and responsive.

ANN BROWN, ASSISTANT TREASURER


TERM | 2023 - 2026

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Knitting, weaving, sewing and quilting.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

Community

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

I enjoy the challenge of keeping Local Cloth fiscally sound. It’s interesting to understand the inner workings of the organization.

PEGGY ECKEL, OUTREACH COORDINATOR + SUMMER CAMP COMMITTEE CHAIR


TERM | 2024 - 2027

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Weaving, Knitting, Felting

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

I love how Local Cloth is a place to explore the fabrics of the Blue Ridge Fibershed. I love how Local Cloth is a place for gathering, learning, sharing and connecting people and fabric skills across generations and time.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

Organizational development has been my professional course. I can help provide a strong warp on which the community can weave the weft.

MARY EULER, WORKSHOP COMMITTEE CHAIR

TERM | 2022 - 2025

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Knitting, Sewing, Dyeing, Crocheting, Weaving, etc.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

I love that it is a community of interest within a community of place.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

Local Cloth is the best place for me to provide service to my community.

GAIL LAZARAS, EXHIBITS CHAIR


TERM | 2024 - 2027

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Feral knitting! Good-enough spinning! Flax and wild basketry. Also, fiber advocacy.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

The community of deeply knowledgeable folks who share the wisdom of fiber.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

I serve because Local Cloth gives so much, and this is my way to give back. I bring lots of experience with managing projects and getting things done.

PEGGY NEWELL, ANYTHING FIBER SALE COORDINATOR

TERM | 2022 - 2025

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

I knit…a lot and have 28 WIPs right now. I quilted obsessively for almost 40 years, now…sometimes, and I make clothes sometimes—wish I made more time. And baskets. I love baskets.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

One of the first times I worked in the shop, two of the folks who rented space there were comparing notes and sharing expertise. It blew me away. I remember stopping by the Kaffe Fassett booth at the International Quilt Show in Houston and I asked if I could take a picture and the person there said, so you can copy it? So suspicious and I’ve found that suspicion in a lot of organizations. Here at the studio were people sharing techniques and where they got the materials at the best price. The collaborative and supportive atmosphere made me feel like I’d found my people. And I have heard that a lot in various groups who meet here. It’s our superpower.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

I serve on the Board…because I was asked…because I believe that when I get something from someone I need to return the honor plus some…I like being on the inside (sometimes!) What do I bring to the organization? Perspective? Willingness? Enthusiasm? Humor?

BETSY SKINNER, RETAIL COMMITTEE CHAIR + VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

TERM | 2024 - 2027

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Primarily felting (wet, needle, nuno), eco-printing and basketry

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

Having an organization where I can be surrounded by like-minded people who are so creative and enthusiastic about their craft, learn new things, and bring together and support farmers and artists in the shop.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

I serve because I am Chair of the Retail Committee. I also keep the rest of the Board apprised of what is happening in the shop. I like to think that I bring insights about the Local Cloth mission and how we are meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan.

ELIZABETH STRUB, FIBERFEST COORDINATOR


TERM | 2021 - 2024

JOYCE TROMBA, WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

TERM | 2020 - 2026

What are your fiber art areas of practice?

Natural dyeing, knitting, garment design and construction, and bookmaking.

What do you love most about Local Cloth?

The community: sharing and learning with other fiber folks.

Why do you serve on the Local Cloth Board?

I want to support the mission of Local Cloth, especially the education committee. I think it is vital to carry on the fiber traditions of our region. Providing an opportunity and place for people to learn and share together is one of the best parts of Local Cloth.

CAROLINE WILLIFORD, NEWSLETTER EDITOR + MARKETING COMMITTEE CHAIR

TERM | 2021 - 2024


LEADERSHIP TEAM


Joan Berner

Southern Highland Craft Guild Exhibit Chair

Kimber Gada-Steinauer

Program Coordinator


Courtney LaCaria

Administrator

Emolyn Liden

Summer Camp Coordinator


Eileen Searcy

Twelve-by-Twelve Textile Show Chair

Susette Shiver

Blogmaster


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