Judi Jetson, Chairman, Term 2020-2023
Judi is a spinner, dyer, weaver, knitter and paper maker who likes creating with friends in the Asheville, NC area. An economic developer with a love for rural areas and small towns, she created a rural initiative for the US
Small Business Administration, consults internationally on community
Joyce Tromba, Vice-Chair and Workshop Coordinator, Term 2020-2023After 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.
Sandy Hartmannsgruber, Treasurer, Term 2020-2023
Sandy loves fiber arts: to weave, knit, spin and play with natural dyes. Her thirst for a fiber community is being quenched by Local Cloth. She studied German and Art at Earlham College, later getting her master's degree in teaching at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She spent a year in the Andes of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, learning with artisan families. Sandy moved to Asheville in 2018, after visiting her Grandma here for 24 years. Currently, Sandy has a rug on the loom, a shawl in progress, and two sweaters from the early 2000s waiting to be finished.
Marilyn Haas, Marketing, Term 2020 - 2023
As a young girl, Marilyn’s craft passions included basket weaving, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. In adulthood, she continued these hobbies but has taken them to an advanced level and added triangle and floor loom weaving as well as stained glass. She is a member of Sun City West Weavers Guild where she regularly teaches weaving classes while she shares her time in Arizona. She studied weaving at Madelyn van der Hoogt’s weaving school and has taken several classes at Folkmont.
Karen Swing, SHCG Liaison, Term 2020-2021
and machine-embroidered “paintings”. When not in her studio creating, you
can usually find her with knitting needles and a ball of hand-dyed yarn.
She has been Gallery Director for Watauga County Arts Council (a volunteer board position) and Gallery Director for Transylvania Arts Council (paid staff position). Also, totally unrelated to the arts, she was on the HOA board for her neighborhood in Tallahassee. She now lives in Flat Rock. Karen teaches at The John C. Campbell Folk School and is a member of Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen.
Returning Board member Lynne Noble, Secretary and Studio Coordinator, Term 2019 - 2022
Caroline Williford, Newsletter Editor, Term 2020-2021