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Elsie Trivette

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Elsie Trivette

Fiber artist

Avery County, NC

For well over half a century, Elsie Trivette practiced and perfected handicrafts that she learned from her mother and grandmother while growing up in the mountains of Avery County. She was skilled at making knotted bedspreads and hand-tied fringe, venerable crafts that were widely practiced in the mountain region in earlier generations. Her expertise ranged from growing, processing, and spinning flax, and carding and spinning wool, to making quilts and hooked rugs. By selling her handmade rugs and quilts, she single-handedly supported a family of seven after her husband became ill.

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Dede Styles

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Jane Campbell

Fiber artist

Boone, NC (Watauga County)

Jane Campbell and her husband Mike Campbell are natives of Watauga County, NC. They live and work on part of a farm that has been in Jane’s family for over a century.

Being raised on the farm, which lies along the “Old Buffalo Trail,” Jane has seen many changes from farming with horses to farming only by a few families. Seeing families leave their farms has made her aware of how precious the “old ways” of farming and handicrafts are and how fast they are being lost.

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Dede Styles

Dyer and spinner

Swannanoa, NC (Buncombe County)

Since early childhood, Buncombe County native Dede Styles has been exposed to mountain traditions of the fiber arts. Her grandmother, Mabel Allen, was a weaver and a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Styles remembers accompanying her grandmother to Guild events, and becoming enamored of the art of spinning by watching another Guild member at work. She was so mesmerized by the spinner, an older woman, she says, that "I have no recollection of ever talking to that lady. She must have thought, ‘Boy, Mrs.

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