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Local Cloth is committed to helping local farmers, artists, small scale textile processors and producers grow, which is why we developed the Professional Add On Membership. These fiber artists and farmers invite you check out their websites, purchase their products and share with your friends.  Support the WNC fiber community by choosing one of these entrepreneurs . 


Carol LeBaron Textile Designs

Carol has a BA in photography/printmaking and art history from Smith College, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her clamped wool and jacquard work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in Surface Design Journal. She has taught at RISD, Appalachian Center for Crafts, and East Tennessee State University, where she received a major research grant for her resist explorations on wool. Currently she is a professional artist and educator, teaching workshops and exhibiting her work. She teach Crafts and Western Tradition at Emory & Henry College, Art History at East Tennessee State University, and Sculpture at Virginia Highlands Community College

carollebarondyes.com

Joni Marie Davis

Joni Marie Davis is a wool crafter in Asheville, North Carolina.  Her starting material is wool fabric from various sources:  new, machine- or hand-knit, swatches of her own construction, used mass-produced knitted garments extracted from the clearance bins at Goodwill, and the abandoned projects of frustrated knitters.  All are composed of wool fiber, amenable to felting and fulling.  Her method is an adaptation of the techniques of the ancient industry of fulling woven wool cloth.  Simultaneous heat, water, and agitation transform the original knitted fabrics into much denser, thicker, firmer material.   She cuts it into pattern pieces and sews them together into wall hangings and covers for three-dimensional objects and forms such as inflatable balls, miniature yurts, large vases, and original wood and wire sculpture forms. 

Jonimariedavis.com

Camille Duanno

Camille has taught Art to High School, Graduate and private students for over 45 years. She worked in NYC in Textile Design and has worked for several designers and fabric companies to include, Schumacher, Waverly, Donna Karan, Carole Little, Randolph Duke and more. She studied Art in Italy and New York and worked in design studio for 10 years in NYC. She studied privately in workshops and design centers throughout her career learning fiber arts, silk painting, Shibori and much more. She started her career as a Fashion Illustrator back in the ‘70’s but when that industry was using photography she went into Textiles.  

Camilleddesign.com



Sherry Masters | Art Connections

Do you have interest in meeting artists in the fiber community?  Take an Art Tour with me!  My business, Art Connections, is a custom-tour biz started in 2013 to offer personalized tours to artists studios in WNC.  I work with the participants to design an art tour based on what they like, and what they desire to learn more about.  

I am a native of WNC and previously had a long career in fine craft retail management in 2 different Asheville galleries, one of which was named top gallery in the nation twice.  I’ve been a juror of numerous craft events and have served on national art boards and event planning committees.  I believe Western NC is a special place for art/craft enthusiasts, and try to share glimpses of it with everyone I meet.  

Needlework is where I started my introduction to handcraft when I was a child, I enjoy appliqué, quilting, embroidery and especially sewing garments.

Arttoursasheville.com

 Amy Putansu 

Amy has been making cloth since she began her textile education at Rhode Island School of Design in 1991.  This pursuit has been mainly in the form of hand weaving on Macomber looms.  However she has also designed cloth for jacquard that was woven at the Oriole Mill, designed and woven interiors and garment yardage on AVL dobby looms, and even took a machine knitting class once.  Her passion and area of expertise is weaving by hand, particularly multiple layer fabrics and ondulé. 

Other techniques and ideas have captured her interest since she became a full time educator in 2008, at Haywood Community College in the renowned Professional Crafts Program: a unique college experience in existence for over 40 years in the mountains of western North Carolina.  These techniques focus around the Japanese art of shibori, and can be combined with carefully constructed hand woven or well chosen commercial fabrics to produce striking and original textiles. 

Amy grew up on the rocky shoreline of coastal Maine, her family is deeply rooted there for generations.  The stark and raw nature of the coastal environment has influenced both her aesthetic sensibility and her approach to materials.

www.putansutextiles.com


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