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LOCAL CLOTH RESIDENT ARTISTS

Local Cloth offers studio spaces to fiber artists, on an annual contract, within the Local Cloth multi-use studio located in the heart of Asheville's River Arts District. Local Cloth seeks fiber artists of various disciplines, including: dyeing, felting, knitting, crocheting, mixed media, printing, sewing, spinning and weaving. We also seek artists to represent all aspects of the supply chain, from raw fiber processors, to garment makers and designers, household goods makers, etc. Studio spaces may be shared between two artists, and both artists will be juried separately for acceptance.

For the Resident Studio Artist Program, we seek fiber artists who demonstrate the following essential qualities:

  • Technical skills in one or more fiber areas
  • Passion for teaching fiber arts, and experience to match
  • Body of work to demonstrate skills, abilities and techniques
  • Ability and desire to actively participate in the Resident Studio Artist community

For more information about the requirements and to apply, please see our Resident Studio Artist Program Application Form

We will continue to accept applications until all spaces full.  We promise to give every application serious consideration, and will do our best to follow up with you within 2 weeks of receiving your application.

MEET OUR RESIDENT ARTISTS


KATHY ENGLISH

Instagram | @kathyartandwords

IMAGES OF KATHY'S WORK, PROCESS AND STUDIO



JUDI JETSON

Judi is a fiberactivist with a community economic developer’s heart. She’s made things with fiber since her grandmother taught her to knit at age 5, learned tie-dye and batik in the 1960s, weaving in the 1980s and surface design in the 1990s. Judi worked with state & local governments and the U.S. Small Business Administration on job creation, the farm crisis and rural economic development. In 2010, Judi joined HandMade in America and now leads a nonprofit she helped found - Local Cloth - to help grow the fiber economy in Western North Carolina. Judi likes to knit, spin, dye, make paper and yarnbomb. And you can find all these items for sale at Local Cloth.

Instagram | @judi1jetson

Facebook | Judi1Jetson

IMAGES OF JUDI'S WORK, PROCESS AND STUDIO






BETH SELLARS | CURLY FURR

Beth is a self-taught fiber artist focusing on working with wool and natural fibers. Most of her felting pieces are 3-D animal and whimsical figures but she also enjoys felting landscapes, making art batts and spinning art yarns. Beth served as the first manager of the Local Cloth Retail Shop, launching the store and Retail Committee. After years in professional sales and service, Beth began her own business, Curly Furr, on Etsy in 2011, and has reached over 21,000 sales. Beth’s work can be found on Etsy and in the Local Cloth Retail Shop.

Instagram | @curlyfurr

Facebook | Beth.Sellars.7

Online Shop | Curly Furr Felted Creations

IMAGES OF BETH'S WORK, PROCESS AND STUDIO





ELIZABETH STRUB | HOBBYKNOB FARM

Elizabeth has been raising some form of four-legged animals (sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas) and two-legged animals (chickens and geese) since moving to her current acreage near Weaverville in 2001. “ Hobby” is the important word in her farm name: this work is a passion for Elizabeth. She settled on Jacob sheep (heritage breed) as her primary stock and long wool breeds that include Border Leicester, Cotswold and Blue Faced Leicester cross. Elizabeth sells breeding stock, raw fleece, handspun and millspun yarns, roving for hand spinners, hand-dyed rovings and locks in her studio at Local Cloth. She also enjoys teaching beginning spinning workshops.

Instagram | @hobbyknobfarm

Facebook | HobbyknobFarm

IMAGES OF ELIZABETH'S WORK, PROCESS AND STUDIO






DONNA TRUNK | PACATRUNK FARM

Donna started weaving with the Paumanok Weavers on Long Island, New York in 1982. She got a loom from her husband as a wedding present and continued with that group for over 10 years, even serving as Co-President for one year. Donna has also been a member of the Spinning Study Group of Long Island and a craftsperson at Hallockville Historical Farm Museum in Riverhead, New York. She created a summer camp crafts program for the farm and wrote a grant to teach colonial crafts to 4th graders in her home school district where she taught Special Education. In 2000, Donna started her own business, Donna Lee Fiber Arts, purchasing her first 2 alpacas while attending Rhinebeck Fiber Fair. She has taught at over 20 libraries on Long Island and offered workshops in knitting, painting on silk and felting. When she moved to Asheville, Donna worked at the Black Mountain Yarn shop for several years, teaching workshops there and at OLLI center at UNCA. Donna is currently an adjunct instructor at AB Tech. She teaches fiber arts crafts to Intellectually Challenged Adults in their Adult Basic Education Program. Donna is interested in sharing her crafts with the public and promoting fiber art and farming.

Instagram | @donna.trunk

IMAGES OF DONNA'S WORK, PROCESS AND STUDIO






JENNIFER WOODRUFF | CARDINAL DESIGNS

Jennifer grew up on a sheep farm in Marshall north of Asheville in Madison County. Her mother taught her sewing, weaving, spinning and natural dyeing in the late 1990s. Jennifer later learned knitting and crocheting to teach handwork at a Waldorf school. Jennifer has been practicing natural dyeing for 27 years, and plans to continue teaching and creating new products. Her favorite thing about teaching on this subject is the importance of protecting the earth. Jennifer’s business reflects her goal to protect the earth and keep her mother’s legacy alive. A Local Cloth Resident Artist since 2023, she focuses on naturally-dyed clothing and items for the home.

IMAGES OF JENNIFER'S WORK, PROCESS AND STUDIO






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