Media Type: Fiber
I specialize in small production and one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade jewelry that is best described as simple, elegant, wearable jewelry with an eye for organic movement and feel. Living in the mountains of North Carolina, my jewelry designs are influenced by the landscape and natural organic shapes and colors around me. Designs emerge that are unique and elegant blending with everyday casual; comfortable like your favorite pair of jeans.
Mary has been knitting for 50 years, weaving for 30 years and spinning some of her thread for 18 years. She primarily works with natural fibers, both dyed and undyed. She prefers to make everyday items that are meant to be used. She teaches both adults and children in her farmbased studio.
Born into an artistic and tinkering family with deep roots in Deep Gap and Boone, I have been around creative endeavors of music, sewing, painting, metal work, and gardening since childhood. After a lifetime of singing and a 25-year career in higher education and human services, I fell in love with modern quilting. Offering endless creative opportunity, free-form quilting gave me a place to combine color, pattern, and texture as I create fiber art, wall hangings, and greeting cards with new and recycled materials. Every choice of fabric and embellishment and every stitch gives me the opportunity to use my own visual instincts and respond to color, fabric, and possibility as I sew.
My husband Mike and I, natives of Watauga County, are fortunate to live and work on the farm that has been in my family for over a century. We have two children, Cole and Ivy.
Being raised on this farm, which lies along the “Old Buffalo Trail”, I have seen many changes. I remember farming with horses and when family farms were plentiful. Today I am seeing families leave their farms and this has made me aware of how precious the “old ways” are and how fast they are being lost: not only the loss of farming but also the loss of handicrafts and traditional fiber arts.
When stepping into Cheryl Robert’s studio the combination of texture and colors are almost edible. Exceptional views from her studio windows provide the backdrop for her inspired and prolific creativity. Cheryl, a fiber artist, demonstrates through her work the depth of her knowledge and the many complex ways she uses fiber to create stunning works of art.
GrandMotherMadeIt is as literal as it sounds.
As a Grandmother of two, Pat Miller quickly learned that the grand kiddos needed only so many dresses, pajama pants, placemats, and quilts. That led her to expand her artistry into more fiber venues with a current focus on quilting, thread painting, embroidery, patchwork, and mixed fibers. Her designs range from modern and contemporary to playful whimsical. Most of her work is free-form based on natural inspirations. Several of her works are privately commissioned or memory quilts.
The art of batik has been with me for most of my life. My family lived in Sri Lanka when I was just a baby and upon returning to Richmond, VA, my mother hung batik wall hangings all over the tall walls of our old city home. Those images and the classic wax crackles of batik became a part of me that is difficult to describe in words.