Careers in Textiles Symposium
What is a Career in Textiles? HGA’s one-day online symposium spotlights leading professional and industry trendsetters, sharing their experiences and providing insights on the diverse and changing landscape of textiles and fiber art. The symposium is open to all, but is geared toward young professionals, recent graduates, and students.
Friday, March 22, 2024
Representing different areas within the textiles career field, HGA’s invited speakers will share their knowledge and enlighten attendees to potential opportunities in the field. Schools and universities will share information on their textile design and fiber art programs.
All times are ET. Please note, scheduled speakers are subject to change.
|10:00 am - 11:00 am ET
Founder, Junction Fiber Mill
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Putansu Textiles / Faculty Member, Haywood Community College
|1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Owner, Sew Co.
|2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Founder & President, Shaniko Wool
|4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
Spady Studios / Founder & Editor, Heddlecraft
Presenting Schools & Universities
Check back as we add more.
- Haywood Community College
- Textile Design at Thomas Jefferson University
- Fashion Institute of Technology
- College for Creative Studies
Fiber Art Programs
These universities offer programs of study in the fiber arts.
Click here to add your university or college's fiber art/textile program.
Please Note: This listing is provided as a courtesy. It is not a complete listing nor is it an endorsement of any individual or organization listed. The information was provided by the organization or its representative. HGA does not warrant the accuracy or validity of the information, and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions.
Meet our Careers In Textiles Presenters
Peggy and her husband Todd moved from Chicago to White River Junction, VT to start a sheep farm in 2012, where they continue to raise colored Corriedales and are breeding 14 ewes this year. When the mill they had used for years closed, her fellow fiber friend, Amanda, wondered if they couldn't step in and start a mill. Junction Fiber Mill opened in February 2021!
Jeanne is the Founder and President of Shaniko Wool Company. Located in Oregon’s interior high desert, Shaniko Wool is the only supply of Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and NATIVA Regen third-party certified wool produced in the U.S. and North America. Her efforts in scaling the supply of certified wool follow her work since the late 1990’s, in taking wool and lamb produced on her family’s heritage Imperial Stock Ranch through manufacturing and delivery as finished goods into a variety of markets. Shaniko Wool is now 10 western ranches, collectively grazing 2.6 million acres. In early 2020, she launched a Carbon Initiative to measure the ecosystem and climate impacts of their ranching operations and wool supply. Jeanne supports numerous U.S. textile manufacturing partners, connecting them to designers and brands for American made products. Jeanne is an award-winning agricultural entrepreneur and author, receiving both the American Sheep Industry Innovation Award and the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame Award in 2023. She was featured in His Majesty at 75: The Leadership and Vision of King Charles III (November, 2023), for her work in regenerative wool production and promoting the provenance of wool in fashion.
Amy Putansu has lived and worked in the western North Carolina mountains since 2008. Her career in textiles began as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1990s. She has been involved in craft in a myriad of ways since that time, including the production of handwoven upholstery fabrics, clothing design, handwoven art-to-wear, gallery management, corporate and residential art commissions, and lots of teaching. Amy is a native of coastal Maine, where her family still resides. Currently, her studio practice centers on expressions of the sea from a perspective of memory and imagination. She uses a specific handweaving technique called warp ondulé to produce fabrics full of waving threads and many hand-dyeing techniques for moody and watery effects. These abstract art pieces are typically stretched and framed for the wall. Her gallery representation includes Blue Spiral 1 (Asheville, NC), Sager Reeves Gallery (Columbia, MO), and Penland Gallery (NC). More of her work can be seen at PutansuTextiles.com and on Instagram @putansutextiles. Amy is a full-time faculty member in the Professional Craft department at Haywood Community College.
Robyn Spady was introduced to weaving at a young age and has been weaving for over 50 years. She completed HGA's Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving (COE-W) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves sharing with the weaving world through her many classes. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.
Libby O’Bryan is the owner of the industrial manufacturing enterprise Sew Co., preserving the skill of sewing in our domestic manufacturing economy. Sew Co. offers sewn product development, cutting and sewing services of discerning quality with socially responsible and unconventional business concepts. Sew Co. is located in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District steeped in a community of creativity, craft and industry. O’Bryan developed her practice following a career in New York City’s fashion industry with degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Informed by her career in apparel production, O’Bryan creates environments that function outside the commodity driven marketplace as a container for the contemplation of everyday decisions and cultural norms. Drawing parallels from craft, the new art economy, and mass-production, O’Bryan explores the relationships and disconnections between maker, machine, and consumer.