Melanie Wilder, Chairman
Melanie is a weaver, natural dyer, and fiber artist, that has dedicated the past 20 years to learning and teaching the fiber skills she so loves to people of all ages. Studying Sustainable Agriculture and Weaving in college, she has spent that last 8 years reviving the weaving program at Warren Wilson College, where she supervises the Fiber Arts Crew. She is most interested in how process crosses into our daily living and how these choices can help shape our footprint on the future. She has been working with Local Cloth for a few years, helped set up the Fiber and Dye Studio, and now serves as Chair of the board.
Sharon Horne, Treasurer
A weaver since the early 1970's, Sharon's first teacher was in the historic Greenfield Village, although she credits Mary Black's book with her skill development. After working in insurance sales in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, she happily retired to the WNC mountains in 1997 and resumed weaving at Harvest House and took fiber classes at Haywood Community College.
She shows her love of color at regular dye days hosted in her home studio and loves teaching others. Sharon volunteers for Asheville Habitat for Humanity and has held leadership roles for the WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild.
Joanna White, Secretary
Over the past 40 years, my love of color, texture and beauty has been expressed through various textile mediums: sewing, weaving, knitting, felting, quilting and fabric collage. The women of my family were all masters of fiber and design. However, it has only been since I have retired from the teaching profession and non-profit management, that time has allowed me to embrace the world of fine arts and crafts that the love of all things fiber has fully been expressed through painting on silk. It is wonderful to have discovered that through silk painting, this love of color, design and line can be most effectively nurtured and expressed. I have found my passion!
Tania McCamy, Membership
Tania McCamy is an artist and arts administrator with 10 years of experience working with galleries, non-profit organizations, and public art initiatives to promote the value of artistic experiences for individuals and communities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from East Tennessee State University. In 2013, Tania was awarded a National Collegiate Honors Scholarship to spend a semester working in Washington D.C. with The Washington Center’s Advocacy, Service, and the Arts program. Passionate about the intersection of art and social justice, her work has addressed issues including teen substance abuse, public transportation, neighborhood crime prevention, and early childhood arts learning. Focusing on art that is socially engaged, Tania seeks to expand traditional definitions of art, advance the application of creative practices, and involve new audiences in the process. Currently, she works as a production artist for a local sculptor, volunteers with various non-profit organizations to promote community-engaged art and design, and serves as Membership Chair for Local Cloth.
Judi Jetson, Grants & Development
Vicki Bennett, At Large
Joyce Tromba, Vice-Chair
Karen Donde, Communications Chair
Eileen Hallman, Webmaster
Sebette Hamill, Shepherd's Forum
Laurel Humes, Summer Camp
Susie Wheelis, Fiber Feel Day
Beth Ross Johnson, Textile Study Group