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Heather Allen Hietala


Heather Allen Hietala is a studio artist creating with cloth and mixed media in Asheville, NC. Her roots in textiles inform all that she creates. Her rugs and art quilts have been exhibited internationally and published in Surface Design Journal, American Craft Magazine, Fiberart's Design Book 5, 6 & 7, and International Textile Design, among others. Heather loves color and is passionate about creating depth and texture on the surface of cloth. Heather's work has been exhibited internationally and she has taught and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore. Her work can be see at Blue Spiral 1, Asheville and Oeno Gallery, Ontario, Canada.

» Artist's website: Heather Allen Hietala

Catharine Ellis

Catharine Ellis is a weaver and natural dyer. She has studied with Michel Garcia of France and continues to build a deeper understanding of natural plant and insect dyes though experimentation. Her work includes woven shibori resists and fabrics woven of multiple fibers on her own loom and at The Oriole Mill. Catharine teaches workshops and exhibits internationally.

» Artist's website: Catharine Ellis Textiles

Michel Garcia

Amy Putansu

Michel Garcia is a chemist, botanist, and dyer. His efforts are instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye scene internationally. As a researcher and educator, he has cultivated a greater understanding of natural dye history and sustainable process. Michel is the founder of Couleur Garance in Lauris, France, and Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales, a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists.

Amy Putansu

Amy Putansu

Amy Putansu is the fiber instructor in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. A coastal Maine native and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she came to the mountains in 2008 to teach full time. Her background includes primarily weaving and the business of craft. As a full time studio artist from 1998 to 2005, her hand woven accessories and garments were exhibited nationally in wearable art galleries, boutiques, and fine craft shows. Currently Amy's work explores new weaving techniques and incorporating hand dyed yarns. Amy began teaching others at places like Penland and Peter's Valley about 10 years ago.

» Artist's website: Amy Putansu Textiles

Dede Styles

Dede Styles is a dyer and spinner. A native of western North Carolina, she learned at an early age to identify the plants of our region. Later in life Dede was introduced to natural dyeing and decided to put her skills of spinning and plant identification together. She began dyeing her yarn with plants used by the area's early settlers. Dede strives to inspire others to use local dye plants and enjoys passing her knowledge on to others.

Barbara Zaretsky

Barbara Zaretsky creates handcrafted decorative textiles for home and wardrobe. Her plant-based dyes impart a distinctive earthy palette, yet her motifs veer toward the modern. A textile artist and the director of Cloth Fiber Workshop, Barbara is originally from the Chicago area. She studied textile design at Northern Illinois University and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Art History at the University of Illinois, continuing her education at Penland School of Crafts. Barbara has many pieces in private collections across the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and was named one of the top five designers in Asheville by Southern Living magazine.

» Artist's website: BZDesign

Cloth Fiber Workshop  |  Riverview Station [South]  |  191 Lyman Street, Studio 104 • Asheville, NC 28801  |  t: 828.505.2958  |  e-mail Cloth