The Southern Highland Craft Guild always has a fashion show on Fiber Weekend. This amazing event has always been organized and run by Liz Spear.
It is held in the auditorium of the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC.
Although the stage and surroundings are simple, the garments and accessories are not. This year 81 pieces were represented in the show.
Why is this so amazing you ask?....because each piece is either dyed, woven, deconstructed etc or a combination of many techniques. It is a feast for the eyes if you love fiber. The above top is handwoven...beautiful colors.
This jacket was a combination of techniques. The same models volunteer each year....who wouldn't want the chance to wear one of these beautiful garments, if only for a short time.
I loved these pants and they looked adorable on this model.
Annette is modeling a beautiful handwoven scarf/shawl which works beautifully with her black outfit.
This ensemble is a trademark look for Barbara Kazinski who dyes all her own silk for these outfits.
This oversized hand woven jacket could work on any figure type.
This magnificent long shibori dyed coat was lightweight and flowed beautifully.
A beautiful handwoven vest and
another scarf and top from Jude Stuecker. I love this gals work. Not only does she dye all her fabric, but creates her own designs to be made into silkscreens which she then screens on top. You can see some on the scart and near the shoulder of the jacket.
A beautiful top woven with hand dyed yarns...
and this lovely hand painted silk piece.
This piece incorporated the use of paper as one of the materials...so interesting and quite durable to my surprise.
This loosely woven jacket was interesting and very comfortable.
So this was my favorite, created and modeled by Vicki Bennett.....the left side (our left) is all eco printed using Eucolyptus leaves and yes they printed that color. They do print well but I've never seen that color print on fabric. The jacket was magnificent and had offers to buy it before Vicki had it off her body...As an eco printer myself (and a very "beginner" one at that) I'm always fascinated by the process and the many results you can get.
The grand finale...this is Liz's last year for doing the show and after 20 years it was time for a break. I told her, it's always good to go out when you're on top and on top she is! Liz is a great gal and puts her heart and soul into everything she does...Thank you Liz for 20 wonderful years.