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Historic Johnson Farm
3346 Haywood Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791-9721
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Let's Talk About Alpacas!
Candace Wingo, Local alpaca farmer
Candace will share her 25 years of experience, raising and caring for alpacas both in Texas and North Carolina. Downsizing in their move to North Carolina (from 130 to 20), she and her husband have shifted their focus from breeding and birthing to the fiber side of the of the business.
Candace has a B. A. in Environmental Design as well as being a Certified Animal Therapist and a Licensed Massage Therapist. She presented a case study to the Annual Alpaca Nationals Convention in 2009 and then wrote an article that was published in Alpacas Magazine about that case study; “Annie’s Story – Recovery Through Herbal Remedies”. She has been working raising and working with alpacas for 25 years
RAG Fabric - A Running Thread For 29 Years
Like the ubiquitous rag rug so common in our visual memories, my RAG fabric are woven with commercial fabrics as weft. Re-weaving plaids stripes, florals and solids into a dark/light warp, with a light beat on the bias-cut strips gives me a fuzzy and vibrant fabric a little different on each side. In recent years, I’ve begun to make long coats with a variety of collars that just glow with the colors and loose patterning of RAG fabric, and swing just that bit more with its weight. The presentation will be a combination of history and development of the RAG fabric’s various techniques and uses.
Liz Spear has been working with her hands for 45 years, and weaving in WNC for nearly 30. She weaves yardage of various twills and the plain weave RAG fabric, as well as make nuno-felt fabric; all goes into a line of functional and beautiful garments for all walks of life. www.lizspearhandwoven.com
From Jerusalem To Raleigh
Collaboration with Sari Srulovitch, a silversmith from Jerusalem, Isarel specializing in Judaica. Commissioned to create a Torah crown and shield for the Judaic collection in the North Carolina Museum of Art, her vision for the work included mantels (the cloth that covers the Torah) in three traditional colorways. Wanting them handwoven and hand-dyed in an ombré fashion from silk, we were brought together by the NC Museum of Art. Our collaboration also included Ruth Cox a fine artist, art restorer, and the seamstress for our project. She lives in Durham, NC
Neal Howard is a fine art weaver with over thirty years of professional experience in the transformation of raw silk fibers into skeins and swaths of dynamic color. Neal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Psychology from Guilford College, an Associates degree in Professional Crafts/Fiber from Haywood Community College, and a Certificate in Theology from the School of Theology, the University of the South. Neal Howard lives and works in the picturesque mountains of Western North Carolina Her award winning work is exhibited at venues across the southeastern United States.
The Fabric of Civilization
Textiles are one of humanity's oldest and most influential technologies, but nowadays most people take them for granted. Drawing on her widely praised book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, author Virginia Postrel will take us on a tour of some of the innovations—in fiber, spinning, weaving, and dyeing—that gave us today’s textile abundance and the ways textiles shaped civilization as we know it.
Virginia Postrel is a Los Angeles-based writer whose work focuses on the intersection of culture, commerce, and technology. She is a contributing editor for the London-based magazine Works in Progress. Her latest book is The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World (now available paperback). Her previous books include The Power of Glamour, The Substance of Style, and The Future and Its Enemies. During her research for The Fabric of Civilization, she learned to weave and is the president of the Southern California Handweavers' Guild. Visit her website at vpostrel.com.
Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends
The Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA) and the Professional Crafts - Fibers Program at Haywood Community College have joined forces to organize, promote, and host a juried student exhibition of creative works in fiber art. The exhibition exclusively features the work of post-secondary students to honor and encourage the next generation of fiber artists, and it showcases a wide range of content, material, and techniques with the common threads of originality and passion. This exhibition is the fifth in a series, with previous Spotlight exhibitions held in Greenville NC, Athens GA, Murray KY, and Greenville SC.
Amy Putansu is the fiber instructor at Haywood Community College (HCC, Clyde, NC), in the Professional Craft program. She teaches beginning-to-advanced weaving, dyeing, textile history, and the business of selling crafted objects. Her personal studio practice centers on ocean themes inspired by her home state of Maine. HCC campus has a lovely gallery space, and the craft faculty take turns installing exhibitions, sometimes partnering with other institutions, such as Handweavers Guild of America and Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance.
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