Monthly Archives: February 2012

Not the Straight and Narrow: Diverse Pathways to Bending Wood

“Not the Straight and Narrow: Diverse Pathways to Bending Wood” with Tom Loeser, Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison. Co-sponsored by UNCA Meet the Makers Lecture Series For more information on Tom Loeser, visit Watch Part 1 & Part 2 of the lecture below:


Section 504

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT  In September 1973, Congress passed Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 states: “No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely on the basis of her/his handicap, be excluded from participation or be denied benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or […]

Barbara Zaretsky

Artist’s Bio Barbara Zaretsky is a fiber artist, director of Cloth Fiber Workshop and owner of BZDesign. 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. In 2001 she moved to Asheville, became a member of the […]

Catharine Ellis

Artist’s Bio Catharine Ellis is a weaver and shibori artist who led the Professional Fiber Program at Haywood Community College for 30 years before retiring in 2008. She is now devoted to studio work and traveling to teach workshops. Her original training was in traditional woven techniques, which led her to weave functional fabrics for […]

Jabbar Khatri

Artist’s Statement A. Jabbar Khatri was born to a family of Khatris, a community in the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gudjarat, that maintained the tradition of tye and dye textiles (bandhani) since the late 17th century. Khatri’s decision to make the bandhani craft his profession was against the norm as most of […]

Bappa Biswas

Artist’s Bio Bappa Biswas, who completed his degree at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India, studied batik, wood block printing and textile design to complement his love of constructing fabric. In 2002, he and his wife Rumi founded Bai Lou studio amidst the winding alleyways of rural Kolkata. He credits the colorful rickshaws […]

Yuri Kobayahi

Artist’s Bio Yuri Kobayashi creates furniture and sculptures that engage in repetition as both a creative endeavor and a ritual, embracing change and emphasizing process. She was born and raised in Japan, receiving her BA in architecture design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. While there, she began training in traditional Japanese woodworking and eventually […]

Michael Thonet

Artist’s Bio With the development of the bentwood technique in furniture design, Michael Thonet laid the cornerstone of industrial production. He was born in 1796 in Boppard/Rhine, Germany, where he opened his own workshop in 1819. In 1842 Prince Metternich summoned him to Vienna. Together with his sons he founded the successful company Gebrüder Thonet […]

Mike Jarvi

Artist’s Bio Mike Jarvi is known as a steam bender and as the inventor of the one-piece table and bench. Born in 1952 in the upper peninsula of Michigan, he was known and worked as a residential framer and log cabin builder. Mike’s one-piece concept was conceived while working on the property of Crab Tree […]


Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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