Inspired Design: Jacquard & Entrepreneurial Textiles Conference will feature speakers from around the world who are leaders in the field. The conference will take place in Hendersonville, North Carolina with an opening reception Wednesday January 7, 2009 followed by the conference Thursday, Friday, and ending at 1pm on Saturday, January 10, 2009. The Conference, limited to 250 attendees, will be held on the Blue Ridge Community College Campus.
The opening of the conference will begin with a reception and exhibition of work of textile designers speaking at the conference, at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, in Hendersonville, the conference host. The conference is divided into a half-day focus on each of five textile design growth areas. Three to four speakers in each of the five areas will give presentations as a panel, followed by break-out sessions featuring each individual speaker.
On March 22 from 7-8:30 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting on affordable housing solutions for artists, craftspeople and makers. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to engage with and learn from Artspace, a national non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN that specializes in creating, owning and operating affordable housing and studio/business space for artists and creative sector businesses.