• Shared Ground Symposium
  • Shelter // Center for Craft Holiday Shop
  • Artist’s Travelogue: Nexus of Craft and Environs with Sarah House
  • Trans – Across, Beyond, Through (Panel Discussion)
  • 2017 Annual Benefit: Celebrating Stoney Lamar and Craft After Dark
  • Windgate Project Grant Lecture and Workshop with Rebecca Manson
  • The Life and Work of Harvey Littleton
  • Windgate Project Grant Lecture and Workshop with Rachel Mauser
  • Object as Poet
  • About Face: Exploring the Graphic Identity of Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979
  • Women in Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
  • Salon Series: Craft and Community
  • Holding the Pieces Workshop with Michael Swaine
  • Matter in Action: Mending on the Streets with Michael Swaine
  • The Art of Repair with Dr. Steven J. Jackson
  • Shaker Tape Chair Weaving Workshop
  • November Repair Café
  • Follow the Money: Understanding Art Production Today with Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson
  • Fix it in 15: Bike Repair Clinics
  • General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen
  • 2016 Back to the Drawing Board
  • Overshot: A Composition for String Quartet and Electronics Inspired by the Lou Tate Kentucky Coverlet Collection
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit
  • Ghetto Craft: A Place Where Poverty and Porcelain Intersect, Artist’s Talk with Roberto Lugo
  • Recycled China: The Residue of Industry, Artist’s Talk with Thomas Schmidt
  • 1st Annual Windgate Fellowship Project Grant Artist Talks
  • Showing/Making: Curator’s Talk with Garth Johnson
  • Spaces of Production | The Mend-Smith Project
  • Broadway Block Party
  • Glassville: WNC’s Contemporary Glass Showcase
  • Spaces of Production | The People’s Cloth Trade Show
  • How Artists Get Noticed: An Editor’s View
  • At Human Scale: Artist Talk by Michael Strand
  • Back to the Drawing Board | Blue Mountain, Mark Reigelman (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Process vs Product: Shifting Values in Art, Craft, and Design
  • ‘Loving After Lifetimes of All This’ Exhibition Tour with curator Danny Orendorff
  • Back to the Drawing Board | In Song Sing On: The Songbook Project, David Wilson (Oakland, CA)
  • Bringing it Home: Loving After Lifetimes of All This in Asheville
  • Back to the Drawing Board | Performance Crafting: Hand in Hand, Tanya Aguiñiga (Los Angeles, CA)
  • From Hair to There: Artist Talk with Sonya Clark
  • Paper Piecing: Printmaking and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Session 2
  • Go Tell It at the Gallery!
  • Quiltmaking Workshop with Louisiana P. Bendolph
  • Gee’s Bend In Translation: A Symposium
  • Exhibiting Blackness and the Gee’s Bend Effect
  • Paper Piecing: Printmaking and the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Session 1
  • Quiltmaking Workshop with Loretta Bennett
  • From Quilts to Prints: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Gee’s Bend Quilts: The Art of Necessity and the Necessity of Art
  • PBS “Craft in America: SERVICE” Sneak Preview
  • The Revolution is Now
  • 3-D Printing Week
  • REBIRTH – Ceramics 14.0 – Art + Design + Architecture | a lecture by Garth Clark
  • The Materiality of Sound: What Can Craft Learn from the Sound Industry?
  • CTRL+P Opening Reception
  • PechaKucha Night Asheville – Vol 6
  • “Taking Shape: A Curator’s Perspective”, discussion with Cindi Strauss
  • Craft in America Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy Sneak Preview
  • Moogfest brings Immersive, Improvisatory, Durational Performances to Benchspace
  • Sign Painters
  • Bernard Leach and the Fine Art of Pots
  • Ismini Samanidou, Guest International Artist at the WNC Textile Study Group
  • The Future of Traditional Pottery with Garth Clark
  • History in the Making: Maker’s Co-Authors Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf
  • An Evening with Matthew Crawford
  • Up for Discussion with Magdalene Odundo
  • CCCD’s Windgate Fellowship Program: A Case for Funding Professional Development Opportunities for Graduating Seniors
  • Not the Straight and Narrow: Diverse Pathways to Bending Wood
  • Audio Archive
  • Spaces of Production | The People’s Cloth Trade Show

    July 7 - 24, 2015 - 10 am - 6 pm | Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
    Frau Fiber's Textile Tourism in Lawra, Ghana. Image courtesy of Carole Frances Lung.

    Frau Fiber’s Textile Tourism in Lawra, Ghana. Image courtesy of Carole Frances Lung.

    The People’s Cloth Trade Show
    with soft guerrilla textile activist Frau Fiber

    On view July 7 – 24, 2015 | Frau Fiber is in residence July 14 – 25, 2015

    “For the first time experience die machine vs. hand werk textile and garment production. In the MAPPING MANUFACTURING HALL attendees will have an opportunity to explore North Carolina’s range of industrial manufacturing companies. In the LEISURE TIME FOR PERSONAL PRODUCTION HALL attendees take on industrial manufacturing by providing instructions, materials and demos by Frau Fiber.” – Frau Fiber

    Artist, activist and scholar Carole Frances Lung will perform her alter ego Frau Fiber, in The People’s Cloth Trade Show.  The People’s Cloth Trade Show will play off of the trade show format to create an approachable, immersive environment for visitors to learn about North Carolina textile manufacturing – its history, production methods, and global context. Visitors will be invited to walk through interactive and visual displays, watch video demonstrations, and participate in hands-on making opportunities with Frau Fiber. 

    The People’s Cloth Trade Show is organized by the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s organization for suppressing unethical global fast fashion.

    Carole Frances Lung investigates the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments. Her performances have been exhibited at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, OR, The School of the Art Institute of ChicagoOtis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and the Ghetto Biennale, Port Au Prince, Haiti. Lung currently maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory, in the Art X complex in downtown Long Beach, CA and is an Assistant Professor Department of Art, Fashion and Textile at California State University, Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA.

    See Carole Frances Lung’s photos and documentation of the project at


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    Try Your Hand at the Leisure Time for Production Hall with Frau Fiber

    Participants will be invited to re-create, by hand, garments and textile products related to companies in North Carolina. Frau Fiber will be available for instructions 1 – 5 pm, Tue – Sat, July 14 – 25. Materials will be provided.

    Tuesday, July 14: Weaving (Novice to Advanced)
    Wednesday, July 15: Spinning (Novice)
    Thursday, July 16: Cut and Sew (Advanced)
    Friday, July 17:  Circular Knitting (Novice)
    Saturday, July 18: Cut and Sew (Novice)
    Tuesday, July 21:  Cut and Sew (Novice)
    Wednesday, July 22: Spinning (Novice) 
    Thursday, July 23: Weaving (Novice to Advanced)
    Friday, July 24: Cut and Sew (Advanced)
    Saturday, July 25: Circular Knitting (Advanced) 


    Talks and Workshops 

    Thursday, July 16, 6:30 pm: Soft Guerrilla Textile Activism: The Chronicles of Frau Fiber (Artist Talk)

    This talk, presented by Frau Fiber’s biographer Carole Frances Lung, will showcase and contextualize Frau Fiber’s motivation for global instigations about apparel and textile manufacturing, her labor politics, and performative resistance to fast fashion. 

    Friday, July 17, 4 – 5 pm: Weavers Knot Workshop with Barry Conner

    The weaver’s knot is a small, quickly tied knot that becomes tighter the more it is pulled to slip easily through the heddles and reed in a loom. Barry G. Conner, weaving technician at The Oriole Mill and overhauler with 23 years textile production experience in North Carolina, will be demonstrating this technique and discussing the textile industry and its changes with Frau Fiber.

    Friday, July 24, 5 – 8 pm: Talk Labor and Production with Frau Fiber and NC Factory Owners

    Frau Fiber will host a conversation with North Carolina factory owners about the textile industry, its changes, and future.  

    Reception: 5 – 6:30 pm
    Panel Discussion: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    Saturday, July 25, 2:30 – 5 pm: Faux Frau Training

    Do you have sewing skills? Do you want to support Sewing Rebellions in your community? Then Frau Fiber wants you to be a leader in her resistance army of sewers, by becoming a Faux Frau! 

    · Learn how to share your sewing knowledge!
    · Learn how to instruct basic sewing skills!
    · Learn how to create written instructions! 

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be awarded an official certificate of Sewing Rebellion operations, a replica of Frau Fiber’s cap, and Sewing Rebellion patch. To RSVP, contact Frau Fiber at


    Textile Tourism with Frau Fiber

    Participants are invited to join Frau Fiber for an insider’s look at two local textile production facilities in Western North Carolina: Echoview Mill (Jupiter, NC), The Oriole Mill (Hendersonville, NC), and Valdese Weavers (Valdese, NC).

    Registration is required, space is limited to 12 – 20 participants depending on the tour. Registered guests should meet at the tour site and wear comfortable closed toe, closed heel shoes.

    Monday, July 20, 10 – 11:30 am: Tour of Echoview Mill (Jupiter, NC) REGISTER NOW

    Wednesday, July 22, 10 – 11:30 am: Tour of Oriole Mill (Hendersonville, NC) REGISTER NOW

    Thursday, July 23, 1-5pm: Tour of Valdese Weavers (Valdese, NC) REGISTER NOW

    The Peoples Cloth Trade Show is the second event in Spaces of Production, a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement. Spaces of Production is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Society of North American Goldsmiths

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    The People’s Cloth Trade Show receives in-kind support from The Oriole MillEchoview Fiber Mill, Valdese WeaversWarren Wilson College, The Drygoods ShopNew World Textiles, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College, and Highland Brewing Company.

    CCCD would like to extend special thanks to project contributors: Libby O’Bryan, Catharine Ellis, Dana Caldwell, Betty Carlson, Melanie Wilder, Connie Brown, Judi Jestson, Karen Donde, Martha Owen, and Barry Conner.


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    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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