December Raves and Reviews

Jen Swearington had a great write up in the Raleigh News and Observer titled “Fiber Designer Stretches Beyond Fine Art.” The article describes Jen’s earlier work painting and drawing, and her frustration at having to waitress in order to support herself. Luckily she was drawn to fiber work – and the rest is history.

PCI artist Susan Webb Lee is included in the Winter Issue of Carolina Homes + Gardens magazine. The article highlights Susan’s career in quilt making, and shows several examples of her new work.

Mija, Libby and Jim Mijanovich, has been nominated as a finalist for a Niche Award in the Fiber-Pieced/Quilted category. This year it is for their piece “Spectral Divergence I & II.” The annual NICHE Awards competition recognizes the outstanding originality and creative achievements of American and Canadian craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores. To select this year’s NICHE Award winners, jury members judged more than 1,100 entries from artists across the U.S. and Canada. All entries were judged on technical excellence, market viability and creativity. The 2008 NICHE Award winners will be revealed at a special ceremony held at the Buyers Market in Philadelphia on February 17, 2008.

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi presented its Heritage Award for a member who had been in the guild over 10 years to Peter Rose. It is such an honor that Piedmont Craftsmen are so widely recognized.

A special welcome to the newest member of the Piedmont Craftsmen family. Sam Schoonover (mom is Kristin) arrived Tuesday morning, November 27, at 8:30. He was 8 lb 12 oz, and 19 3/4 in. Big sister Tessa is already doing well, and being really sensitive with him.