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.

Born into a sewing and textile family, I have been creating since I can remember.

I am a functional weaver and consider myself a lifetime learner in all things fiber. I am constantly amazed at the creativity, sharing and attention to detail I find in the fiber arts.

Residing in Wilkesboro, North Carolina with her husband Ron Canter, Nancy considers herself a “late bloomer” when she looks back on her artistic journey of almost 30 years in watercolor and mixed media.

Handwoven rag rugs adorned the floors of my childhood home and I was intrigued by the thought of taking discarded cloth and creating an article with renewed life. Years later when I inherited a 4-shaft floor loom from my mother, I had no weaving skills but a strong desire to learn. I found that education at Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC, where I have taken several weaving classes over the past decade.

Mia Milani Design was born out of creativity and love of beanies. I design knit and crochet clothing, accessories and home decor. My inspiration comes from what I see and the materials that I use. I like to use wearable breathable materials that allow for easy care and wear. As a local artisan I strive to perfect my craft by learning new techniques and styles. This allows me to produce one of a kind items.

As a self-taught continual experimenter I am currently creating quilted wall hangings. My designs are twists on traditional patterns, original sketches and photos reflecting the colors, textures and forms inspired by my North Carolina home. My favorite work starts with purchased fabric I manipulate by hand painting, sewing and embellishments to create the color pallet and look I desire for my designs. Most of my wall hangings are completed with free motion sewing on my Brother home sewing machine.