Local Cloth is committed to helping local farmers, artists, small scale textile processors and producers grow, which is why we developed the Professional Add On Membership. These fiber artists and farmers invite you check out their websites, purchase their products and share with your friends. Support the WNC fiber community by choosing one of these entrepreneurs .
Carol LeBaron Textile Designs
Carol has a BA in photography/printmaking and art history from Smith College, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her clamped wool and jacquard work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in Surface Design Journal. She has taught at RISD, Appalachian Center for Crafts, and East Tennessee State University, where she received a major research grant for her resist explorations on wool. Currently she is a professional artist and educator, teaching workshops and exhibiting her work. She teach Crafts and Western Tradition at Emory & Henry College, Art History at East Tennessee State University, and Sculpture at Virginia Highlands Community Collegecarollebarondyes.com
Joni Marie Davis
Joni Marie Davis is a wool crafter in Asheville, North Carolina. Her starting material is wool fabric from various sources: new, machine- or hand-knit, swatches of her own construction, used mass-produced knitted garments extracted from the clearance bins at Goodwill, and the abandoned projects of frustrated knitters. All are composed of wool fiber, amenable to felting and fulling. Her method is an adaptation of the techniques of the ancient industry of fulling woven wool cloth. Simultaneous heat, water, and agitation transform the original knitted fabrics into much denser, thicker, firmer material. She cuts it into pattern pieces and sews them together into wall hangings and covers for three-dimensional objects and forms such as inflatable balls, miniature yurts, large vases, and original wood and wire sculpture forms.
Amy has been making cloth since she began her textile education at Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. This pursuit has been mainly in the form of hand weaving on Macomber looms. However she has also designed cloth for jacquard that was woven at the Oriole Mill, designed and woven interiors and garment yardage on AVL dobby looms, and even took a machine knitting class once. Her passion and area of expertise is weaving by hand, particularly multiple layer fabrics and ondulé.
Other techniques and ideas have captured her interest since she became a full time educator in 2008, at Haywood Community College in the renowned Professional Crafts Program: a unique college experience in existence for over 40 years in the mountains of western North Carolina. These techniques focus around the Japanese art of shibori, and can be combined with carefully constructed hand woven or well chosen commercial fabrics to produce striking and original textiles.
Amy grew up on the rocky shoreline of coastal Maine, her family is deeply rooted there for generations. The stark and raw nature of the coastal environment has influenced both her aesthetic sensibility and her approach to materials.