Cool Craft Market 2013 Holiday Edition

In just a few days HandMade will be hosting its Cool Craft Market!

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Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists

Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists
CERF+’s 2013 survey of American craft artists, examines attitudes about craft trends, sales and income, insurance, emergency preparedness and recovery, and plans for their legacy. It also provides updates and comparison data with our 2004 national research study. Read the full study here.

Photo shoot with product photographer Pearson Ripley in Boone, NC

HandMade in America has scheduled a photo shoot with product photographer Pearson Ripley to be held Friday November 8th at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace in Boone from 11:00am ’til 6:00pm.
This opportunity is open to HandMade in America members, AWE members and Arts Council members. Space is limited.
We have 3 one hour time slots remaining.
You must reserve a time slot!
Each member will have one hour and up to five product shots.
The cost for the hour with Pearson is $75.00.

This is a great opportunity to have professional photos taken of your work.
For more information and to reserve a spot please contact Linda LaBelle, AWE Coordinator

Cowee Textiles Spinning Group

“Cowee Textiles in room 104 at the Cowee School off Hwy 28 in Franklin on Oct. 20, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will have our monthly Macon Spinning Group. This meeting  it is open to anyone that is looking for a fun time on a Sunday afternoon. So if you do not spin, but do other textile projects bring them for a time to share with others. For more information, visit or call Teresa at 828 349-3878 or e-mail:

Volunteers Needed!

Free David Holt Concert!
Okay – did I get your attention?
The concert is free for volunteers -Please see more details below.

Old Fort, one of our HandMade in America’s Small Towns, is losing their museum due to the latest State budget cuts. They are taking a stand and trying to raise money to continue to keep the doors open. On Saturday Oct 26th they are holding a David Holt Concert to raise money and they need volunteers.

Several of us from the HandMade office will be there volunteering – How about you?

David Holt is a four-time Grammy Award winning musician keeping traditional American music alive.

From Debbie Smith, Secretary, Old Fort Historic Sites, Inc.

“Dear Supporters of our town and museum,
Our concerts have had enormous success in the past but that was because they were free, paid by the museum. Now the museum does not have the funds to provide free concerts. We all need to support our Museum. The tickets are $10 each or another way to look at the prices, donate $10 and get a free concert!!! All money goes to the O.F. Historic Sites, Inc. which donates proceeds back to the Museum.

We had over 5,000 signatures supporting keeping our museum on line, now we need more of a commitment from you. We need each of you to help out financially or physically. Now we need to supplement the Museum’s budget, which was cut $10,000. We’ve a long way to go to reach that $10,000 goal.

We need several volunteers for the David Holt Concert the evening of Oct. 26 from 6:00 pm until the end of the concert, approximately 9:00 pm.Twist your friends and family’s arms (volunteers will hear the concert for free!!) to come hear the show and help out.

We need ticket takers, parking attendant, ticket sellers, assistants with selling David Holt items, and general crowd control.

The Old Fort Historic Sites, Inc. was incorporated in the late 60’s by Clyde and Jan Norton. This town has supported our wonderful little museum for almost 50 years. Don’t let it fade away. We are dedicated to keeping our museum open for many more years and it won’t happen without your financial and physical support.”

Debbie Smith

Secretary, Old Fort Historic Sites, Inc

(828) 803-1238

Hope to see you there!



AWE member runner-up in American Craft Week Give us a Five contest

congratulations to AWE member Lori Theriault for being a runner up in the American Craft Week Give us a Five contest, to celebrate next year being the 5th annual ACW Craft Week

Lori Theriault Clay


Community Supported Art Pick-up Party & Exhibition

2013 Community Supported Art Pick Up Party & Exhibition
When: Friday, October 4, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101 (Doors located at corner of Hilliard and Church Streets)

The CSA Pick Up Party will be held Friday, October 4th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, in conjunction with the opening of a special exhibition showcasing works by each of the CSA artists: Ben Elliot, Suzanne Q Evon, Greg and Carla Filipelli, Sue Grier, Mary Carol Koester, and Christopher Perryman.
The event will be held at our downtown gallery space, 125 S. Lexington Avenue, Suite 101 (Doors on Hilliard).
Come and share a glass of wine with the CSA artists, your fellow collectors, and CSA supporters.
View a selection of the artist’s works and celebrate the inaugural CSA with Handmade in America staff.
We look forward to meeting all of you. The event is free and open to the public, so bring a friend.

AWE member Connie Hogan holds Grand Opening for her new venture Tunnel Mountain Crafts!

AWE member Connie Hogan holds Grand Opening for her new venture Tunnel Mountain Crafts!

Nantahala School for the Arts Student Spotlight
Heritage Arts Student Opens Gallery
Connie Hogan Puts Her Education to Work

One of the focuses of the Nantahala School for the Arts is to provide students with the knowledge to open their own studio based business. Over the summer, Connie Hogan has done just that – open her own gallery.

Connie opened Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro, NC, on Aug. 30. Previously, Connie had been setting up at the Jackson County Farmers Market in Sylva, NC. Her experience in the Master Potter Certificate program helped her to take the next step from student to business owner.

“I wanted to create a place for my friends and myself to display and sell our crafts,” Connie commented. The store features pottery, custom bags, herbal soaps, and a variety of other local, handmade crafts. A total of 8 students from the Nantahala School for the Arts are represented in the store.

A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 5, during Colorfast in Dillsboro, NC. For more information, you can find Tunnel Mountain Crafts on Facebook or call 828-226-7307.

Indigo/Shibori Workshop with Linda LaBelle

Indigo/Shibori Workshop with Linda LaBelle
Diana Worttham Theatre, Asheville, NC
September 10, 2013
6:00 – 9:00 PM
$30.00 (includes all materials)

Indigo is as old as time, mysterious and beautiful. Indigo is surrounded by myth and superstition; Indigo dyed fabrics clad both royalty and the working class. Indigo traveled the Silk Road from China to Italy (and back to Japan) it was grown, produced, worn and traded.

In this workshop participants will learn how to make a green, eco-friendly and sustainable indigo vat. Using no harsh chemicals and virtually no odor you can use this technique to dye in your kitchen.

Shibori is the Japanese term for creating a resist on cloth by folding, clamping, indigo-shibori_scarf_web-rgbstitching, wrapping, pleating, knotting or tying. The resist areas will not take dye thus creating a pattern on the cloth. It is also known by the names, Bandy, Plangi and Tikrit and is practiced in Africa, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. It can be a simple as a tie-dyed T-shirt to very complex patterns taking hours or days to complete.

The Shibori workshop will cover four ancient resist techniques with a modern twist. After creating the resist patterns, participants will dye a cotton scarf in indigo.

About the artist: Linda LaBelle is an Asheville based weaver and natural-dyer. Linda has taught weaving techniques and both indigo and natural dyeing in India, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Mexico and Brooklyn, NY.

A minimum of 10 students must register for the class to take place. dye photo copy