Heather Hietala's architectural rugs and art quilts have been exhibited internationally and published in Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, American Craft Magazine, Fiberart's Design Book 5, 6 & 7, and International Textile Design, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has taught and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore. She has published numerous articles and reviews on textiles, textile artists, creativity and journaling. Her 2009 valentine won First Place in Fiberart's Jacquard Card Valentine Competition. Heather is a studio artist in Asheville, North Carolina.
» Artist's website: Heather Allen Hietala
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
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 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.
Jen Swearington has crafted a creative living since 2003, operating Jennythreads, an independent handmade fashion studio in West Asheville, North Carolina. She is the author of Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks, and Dyes published by Lark Crafts, has exhibited in Quilt National three times, is a former Arrowmont Resident Artist, and current member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and Haywood Community College.
» Artist's website: Jennythreads