Featured Artisan Spotlight: Deborah Bryant, WhatsYourBag
Posted by ArtFireContent on 05/20/2011 at 13:59:38
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina down a quiet road on what used to be an old farm. My husband and I settled here in 1988 to work and raise our family. I worked for a short time in real estate until I could purchase my first looms, a five foot, four-harness Cranbrook loom with an overhead beater, and a smaller twenty-two inch Harrisville Designs 8-harness loom, both second-hand from a retiring weaver. I worked lovingly on these two looms for years, however had to move them from one place to another (not an easy task with the Cranbrook!) until we were able to build our own studio/office on the property we own. For the last several years I have had a beautiful sunlit space in which to create and produce my work!
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
I am dependable, and my products are functional.
Where do you live and what is it like?
The mountains of Western North Carolina are the oldest mountains in the country. Millions of years ago glaciers formed the peaks and valleys that are now host to some of the widest variety of flora. Considered a rain forest, we have many beautiful waterfalls and deep-green woods, natural landscapes and vistas that provide inspiration for art.
Where did you learn your medium?
I have been creating hand-woven items for sale since 1990, though my journey into weaving began a decade earlier when I attended Haywood Community College in the Production Crafts – Fiber program, a two-year in-depth course in weaving as a business.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
I hope that ArtFire will help me reach a wider customer base through the miracle of the computer.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
ArtFire seemed to have a good variety of quality artisans among their vendors. I wanted to be in the “right” showcase.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
Gain inspiration from others, but stay true to your own beat.
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
We can all benefit from the love and quality put into handmade items.