Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence, Southeast Fiber Forum, Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. Living in Western North Carolina, she has taught locally at weaving and yarn shops and currently offers classes at Local Cloth. Donde is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, graduated in 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program and earned HGA’s Level 1 Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving.
Betty Hilton-Nash has been weaving tapestry for 25 years. Her tapestry career started at Pam Patrie Studios in Portland, OR, where she worked as a contract weaver for a year on a large commission. Betty has studied with leading tapestry weavers, such as Archie Brennan, Jean Pierre Larochette, and Phillip Playe from the Gobelin in Paris. She has won awards from the American Tapestry Alliance, Handweavers Guild of America, Blue Ridge Fiber Show, and the Australian Tapestry Workshop. She is currently president of Tapestry Weavers South.
Vicki Bennett - Felting and Dyeing
After a 32 yr career as a psychotherapist at the University of Michigan, Vicki Bennett moved to Chicago and returned to her love of fiber and resumed weaving. She worked on Margaret Wortheim’s first major coral reef installation with the Windy City Knitters. She studied at Lillstreet Art Center and worked with Akemi Cohen, soon discovering that working with raw wool to create wearable art and sculpture and dyeing fabric with plants from nature was her passion.
Vicki has studied with Karoliina Arvilommi and Judit Pocs among others "in an effort to master more and stretch my limits. Almost every day is an opportunity to step up my own creative efforts and refine my work. Numerous times each year I’m able to share my experience, knowledge and passion through teaching others.
Barbara A. McGuire is an award winning artist whose diverse talents include works in polymer clay, painting and jewelry design. She has written 10 books on design and instruction and has developed stamps, templates and molds for artists working in polymer and metal clay.
After living and teaching around the world for 30 years Joyce is happily settled into life in lovely Western North Carolina. Her travels have exposed her to many fiber traditions and she has always found groups of fiber folks wherever she was to share her making with. Joyce has 20+ years teaching design, sewing, knitting, quilting and bookmaking to High School students and adults. She has studied fiber and book arts at Penland, Arrowmont and the Center for Book Arts in New York City. She dyes and sells plant dyed yarn and eco printed bags at her Etsy shop: FreehandFiber You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook as Freehand Fiber and Book Arts.
Eileen Hallman has been spinning, weaving, and dyeing cotton for over 20 years, dyeing primarily with indigo and other natural dyes. She loves weaving white, but dyes fiber before spinning as well as after the cloth has been woven.
As the owner of New World Textiles, LLC, she has developed a line of fabrics with some of the yarns treated to accept all classes of dyes without additional chemicals.
What has fueled my work for the past 20 years is my fascination of how color and texture play together. Uniquely mixing them in each of my pieces gives me great joy. Each piece is further inspired by playing with fibers that shrink against others that do not. I love the magic that occurs in the finishing process when you get to see the results which cannot be seen when creating the piece. In the end it is alchemy: each one a canvas of color and texture with the wools allowing the silks to pucker and drape creating one of a kind works of art.
Denise is a sewist since childhood, concentrating on hand quilting since 1992. Studying with fiber artists in North and South Carolina for the past 15 years, she now creates abstract fiber art using her photographs. Her goal is achieved if the viewer is attracted from a distance for closer inspection to question the inspiration. She has received blue ribbons for sewing, quilting and photography. She teaches hand quilting, embellishment, embroidery, fiber collage and fiber art design.
Patricia Spangler - Eco Printer
Over the years I've engaged in activities as diverse as Instructor of Photography at Georgia Southern University; owner and operator of Meisel Graphics--a six-color screen printing business; practitioner/owner of Therapeutic Massage in Oak Hill West Virginia; and now full-time artisan at The Language of Leaves in Asheville.
Kathie Roig - Weaver
I started weaving in 1980 after my husband gave me a small table loom as a wedding present. Now over 35 years later, I’m still weaving, although I no longer work on that table loom. I weave on several different looms now, including a Swedish drawloom, which allows me to create original woven designs.
I relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015 where I work from my home studio as well as a shared workspace along side other artists and makers. As I start another chapter, I wonder where my weaving will take me.
I have always looked for a way to express myself through the craft of weaving. Many of these one-of-a kind weavings have been shown in juried exhibitions throughout the US. I also create a line of functional items for home and family, including placemats, napkins, kitchen towels, baby blankets, and baby bibs. Craft shops and galleries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida carry many of these items. Sharing what I love to do with others is an important part of what I do. I have taught at various weaving guilds as well as the John C. Campbell Folk School. I have enjoyed working with others in various textile/weaving and craft organizations at various levels of responsibility.