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Heather Allen Hietala


Heather Allen Hietala is a studio artist creating with cloth and mixed media. Her roots in textiles inform all that she creates. Under the name Heather Allen she authored "Weaving Contemporary Rag Rugs" which introduced the ideas of surface design to the woven rug surface. Her rugs and art quilts have been exhibited internationally and published in Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, American Craft Magazine, Fiberart's Design Book 5, 6 & 7, and International Textile Design, among others. Heather loves color and is passionately interested in creating depth and texture on the surface of cloth. Heather's work has been exhibited internationally and she has taught and lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore. Her work was exhibited at Quilt National '11 and can be see at Blue Spiral 1, Asheville and Oeno Gallery, Ontario. Heather is a studio artist in Asheville, North Carolina.

» Artist's website: Heather Allen Hietala

Catharine Ellis

Catharine Ellis is a weaver and natural dyer. She continues to build a deeper understanding of natural plant and insect dyes though research and experimentation. Catharine teaches workshops and exhibits internationally. The Art and Science of Natural Dyes, a book co-written with Joy Boutrup, will be available in early 2019.

» Artist's website: Catharine Ellis Textiles

Amy Putansu

Amy Putansu

Amy Putansu is the fiber instructor in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. A coastal Maine native and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she came to the mountains in 2008 to teach full time. Her background includes primarily weaving and the business of craft. As a full time studio artist from 1998 to 2005, her hand woven accessories and garments were exhibited nationally in wearable art galleries, boutiques, and fine craft shows. Currently Amy's work explores new weaving techniques and incorporating hand dyed yarns. Amy began teaching others at places like Penland and Peter's Valley about 10 years ago.

» Artist's website: Amy Putansu Textiles

Barbara Zaretsky

Barbara Zaretsky creates handcrafted decorative textiles for home and wardrobe. Her plant-based dyes impart a distinctive earthy palette, yet her motifs veer toward the modern. A textile artist and the director of Cloth Fiber Workshop, Barbara is originally from the Chicago area. She studied textile design at Northern Illinois University and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Art History at the University of Illinois, continuing her education at Penland School of Crafts. Barbara has many pieces in private collections across the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and was named one of the top five designers in Asheville by Southern Living magazine.

» Artist's website: BZDesign

Cloth Fiber Workshop  |  Riverview Station [South]  |  191 Lyman Street, Studio 104 • Asheville, NC 28801  |  t: 828.505.2958  |  e-mail Cloth