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Jennifer Sargent, Shift and Shift Again

Katherine Soucie is an artist, designer, and writer who specializes in transforming textile industry waste into new textiles. Currently, she is a visiting lecturer in textiles at the Welch School of Art at Georgia State University. Soucie studied fashion design in London and Toronto before furthering her studies in textiles and visual art in Vancouver. Her zero waste philosophy allows for the unexpected to emerge and has led her to produce work for film, television, dance, and theatre. Mending has been the driving force behind her creative process, where it continues to inform her evolving work. From clothing she remade as a child to salvaging discarded waste hosiery, textiles, and garments, she views the act of mending in her practice as a tool of creation that inevitably leads to the ability to (re)imagine.

Carol LeBaron, Dry Pitcher

Amy Putansu was born and raised on the coast of Maine. The shoreline and seascape influence her aesthetic above all else. Her format for expression began its development at Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design. Putansu worked for cottage industry before operating her own studio practice, Putansu Textiles. In 2008, Putansu became a full-time faculty member at Haywood Community College in the Professional Craft Program. Putansu currently explores ondulé weaving in the form of exhibition pieces or yardage lengths, working with fine natural and alternative fibers. Her design choices are informed by a combination of practice, knowledge, and intuition. Putansu believes that cloth is the most expressive of craft forms in its liquidity, dimensionality, and encompassing quality.

Janie F. Woodbridge is a textile designer, artist, and teacher currently living in Durham. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design from Rhode Island School of Design. While in school, she learned many textile design techniques but found her passion in weaving. After working in the woven textile design industry for 10 years, she is driven by the idea of combining the technical knowledge of the industry with traditional textile techniques. Color theory, woven structure, and the beauty in the natural world inspire her work. She has shown her artwork in North Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, and Chicago.

Janie F. Woodbridge, Rag Rug Christine Zoller, Arrowmont Autumn

Amy Putansu, Convergence Yardage: Ondulé

Tommye M. Scanlin is professor emerita at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Ga. She has worked primarily with weaving since 1972 and has used many weaving methods through the years to allow her to weave pictorial images before she moved to tapestry in the late 1980s. Scanlin designs through the use of various media techniques such as painting, photography, collage, and computer-aided design. Scanlin’s tapestries are mostly pictorial, with images drawn from events, objects, people, and places meaningful in her life. These tapestries are a response to her perception of these resources. By the slow and precise process of tapestry weaving, she feels specific moments may become more universal.

Tommye M. Scanlin, Leaf Dance

Christine Zoller is an associate professor and Textile Area Coordinator at East Carolina University in Greenville. She has taught at other universities and has conducted workshops for Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and the Quilt Surface Design Symposium. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen in the “Surface Design Journal” and “Fiberarts Design Book 5” and “Fiberarts Design Book 7.” She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia. Her current work is generated from watercolor paintings, and she establishes the image by digitally printing it onto fabric before it is quilted and beaded. This work is about creating a sense of place. Her body of work celebrates the landscape, where a viewer can look and find a place of energy and excitement, but also of peace.


Barton Art Galleries, Wilson, N.C.

This project was supported by the Arts Council of Wilson and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carol LeBaron is a professional artist, educator, and curator. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Her clamped wool and jacquard work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has won several awards. Her work has been published in “Surface Design Journal” and “Fiberarts Design Book 7.” She has taught at several art schools and universities, including Rhode Island School of Design, Appalachian Center for Crafts, East Tennessee State University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has received a major research grant for her resist explorations on wool and has completed several artist residencies. Currently LeBaron is a full-time artist, creating large commission pieces, as well as participating in museum shows at the State Museum in Nashville, Tenn., and the William King Museum in Abingdon, Va.

Katherine Soucie, Post Mordant

Carol LeBaron, Patricia Mink, Amy Putansu, Jennifer Sargent, Tommye M. Scanlin, Katherine Soucie, Janie F. Woodbridge, Christine Zoller

Patricia Mink, Venice III

Jennifer Sargent is an artist and independent curator based in Memphis, Tenn. Previously, she was associate professor and director of exhibitions at Memphis College of Art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Woven Textiles from Middlesex University, London, England, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers from Arizona State University. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission and an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work centers upon the structural and conceptual possibilities of fabric. Processes are chosen so as to allow her to compile time and make memory through the accumulation of small, repetitive, and absorbing actions. In her work, subject matter and personal interests continually intersect. She investigates myths and fairy tales, stories that speak a universal language and capture a sense of universal dilemmas.

Jeanne Brady, Susan Brandeis, Edwina Bringle, Miyuki Akai Cook, Jennifer Crenshaw, Candace Edgerley, Catharine Ellis, Susan Fecho,

Robin Haller, Susan Iverson, Jess Jones, Jo-Marie Karst, Jeana Klein, Kate Kretz, Lisa Kriner,

Patricia Mink is an associate professor and head of the Fibers program in the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. Her current work explores the traditional layered quilt form, employing new digital techniques for weaving and/or printing fabric, as a means of establishing a visual dialogue addressing issues of contemporary culture. Drawing from historic associations with domesticity, comfort, and home, she believes the quilt form offers unique possibilities for developing content when combined with non-traditional techniques and unexpected imagery. Mink is interested in the relationship between surface and structure. This can manifest in several ways; the images she chooses, the materials she works with, and the layered forms they take.

Sefea exhibition (outside panel)  
Sefea exhibition (outside panel)  

March 16, 2014. Barton College Exhibition. "Continued Conversations"