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About Us

Arianne King Comer

Arianne King Comer, a BFA graduate of Howard University, resides in North Charleston, SC as an artist, teacher, art consultant and indigo advocate .

In 1992, Arianne received the UN/USIS grant to study under the renowned Batik artist Nike Olyani Davis in Oshogbo Nigeria, where her passion for indigo manifested.

 

Since, 1995 Arianne has been in multiple solo and joint exhibitions nationally and statewide.  Has a SC resident artist, she continues teaching community base textile and multi medium programs.

 

Arianne is a board member of International Center for the Indigo Culture (ICIC) and a SC representative  for Economic Empowerment through Crafts through Bloomberg Philanthropy Project.

Donna Hardy

Donna Hardy is the founder of The International Center for Indigo Culture and Sea Island Indigo. Her earliest memories are of learning about plants and the natural world from her mother, as well as developing an intense inquisitiveness about fiber and textiles. Her love of plants evolved to a deep appreciation and curiosity for their various applications, which lead to Donna’s driven and thorough scholarship of textiles and natural dyes, with an intense focus on the history of indigo in South Carolina and Georgia. Rooted in a profound history, with a deep relationship with indigo, Donna is working to create a thriving, sustainable indigo culture in America.

 

David Harper

Being married to an indigo textile artist (Caroline Harper, founder of CHI design indigo) means that I get to combine my career as a land conservation professional with a love of ecologically-focused design.  When we practice our best stewardship of land, we celebrate the whole community of people, plants and animals it supports. I value my role in the farm-to-fabric supply chain, with a focus on growing the indigo plants and processing them into dye that others can use. 

 

I believe that our collaboration as growers, textile artists, and designers is essential to inspire people to see the beauty of indigo as a vibrant part of a local living economy in the 21st century. Since the first time I planted indigo seeds in the spring, raised them over the summer to become healthy plants taller than I am, learned to harvest and make the dye the fall, and finally put on a freshly dyed deep blue shirt that captured that whole growing season in one color, I knew there is a magic in this plant that reconnects us to the land and to each other.  

Judy Newland

Judy is retired faculty in museum anthropology at Arizona State University where she served as the Director for the ASU Museum of Anthropology. She worked in the museum field for over 20 years at a variety of university museums, specializing in the design and development of exhibitions.

 

Her love of teaching and textiles has produced a strong philosophy…the social significance of textiles cannot be underestimated. Through textiles, we can explore art, society, politics, religion and more, making connections between cultures and through time. Textiles surround and swaddle us from birth to death, a part of the social fabric, bringing meaning to our physical, emotional and spiritual lives. The stories of our lives can be told through textiles. Cloth is part of our past, present and future, embedded in our consciousness in ways we may not be aware. Exploring our textile past can reveal the hidden meanings in cloth and fill the gaps in history and cultural knowledge.

 

A weaver, spinner, and dyer for over 30 years, she concentrates on weavings that spring from cultural ideas and process. She blogged about textiles for WARP (Weave A Real Peace) and ClothRoads and will continue to do so for ICIC.

Heather Powers

My interest in textiles goes back to my childhood, making dresses for my dolls and learning to sew from my mom. I studied Fibers at Savannah College of Art and Design in the 90's. Shortly after my graduation, NAFTA began to impact the textile industry and I literally felt I was in a race to find work before the industry disappeared in the US! I started out working at one of the oldest weaving mills in the US, Churchill Weavers. This foundation was invaluable and on site production taught me how important it is to know the products you are designing for.

I continued in the industry as a textile and carpet designer where I collaborated with interior designers, property owners and architects. One of the most important aspects of my textile career was my realization early on that I was in a changing industry and needed to keep my eye to both the past and the future to stay relevant.

Since 2010, I have worked as a freelance designer, textile consultant, teacher and have my own business as a Professional Organizer and productivity consultant. Shortly after moving to Charleston, SC, I began working with indigo and learning about the cultural and historic relevance of this plant and dye to our country and the world. Charleston's art scene is native and raw as well as vibrant and alive...rooted in history and inspired by the beauty that surrounds us.  When I am around other creative makers I am inspired, to do for the community, to make something beautiful and to teach others to use their hands and their hearts to create beauty to surround us all.

David Harper

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