Director of Internal Relations: Catharine Ellis

Director of Internal Relations: Catharine Ellis

Director of Internal Relations:
Catharine Ellis

Personal Statement

Being a part of TSA has been a rewarding professional experience and it has been an honor to serve on its board for the last 2 years.  The organization has introduced me to an extended community of serious textile advocates including artists, conservators, scholars, and educators. There is no other textile organization that has this depth and breadth. The symposium is one of a kind and respected throughout the globe.  As Internal Relations Director I hope to help facilitate greater conversations and communication about TSA to both current and potential members. The organization presents opportunities for engagement to seasoned members, new professionals, and students. The Textile Society of America is about its membership and cannot exist without the support and commitment of those who value it. 


Catherine was Head of Professional Crafts Fiber Program, Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC from 1978-2008 and is the founder and current coordinator for the Western North Carolina Textile Study Group since 2011.  She was Board President of the Center for Craft Creativity and Design from 2011 – 2012, and served as a Board Member from 2008-2012). She served on the Board of Trustees of Penland School of Crafts from 1999-2006 and was a Founding Board Member of HandMade in America from1996-2006.  Catherine has a B.A. from Marymount College, NY, 1973, and has continuously worked and conducted research in the studio of Penland School of Crafts. She has published a number of articles, including The Science of Natural Dyes, Surface Design Journal (Spring, 2013) and is the author of Woven Shibori, (Interweave Press, 2005) with a new edition focused natural dyes to be released 2016. Her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions in North Carolina, Hangzhou China, Minneapolis, and San Antonio, among others.