I’m Heather K Powers and I’m so glad you decided to visit. My work as an organizer is informed by and deeply rooted in my creative background. My passion for interiors and textiles led me to study fiber arts and textile designer at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). During this time I fell in love with weaving because of and in spite of the fact that it requires both planning and spontaneity. My analytic and intuitive process gives me a unique and balanced approach to design and organizing, Form + Function are equally valuable! My most recent textiles focus on woven structures and natural color sources.
My textile career evolved from my passion. I literally felt I was in a race to learn as much as possible before the textile industry disappeared in the USA! My career began in one of the oldest weaving mills in the US, Churchill Weavers (no longer open). I was hired to utilize new loom technology to transition designs for this historic mill. While there, I learned the fundamentals of woven production design from a historic and culturally relevant company. Being on-site with production taught me how important it is to understand the technology, products, and the people you are designing for.
I went on to work for Mohawk Industry. As a young textile designer, I was eager to learn to apply the principles of woven textile design to carpets. Carpets seemed more sophisticated, and ethically appealing to me than the mas- market consumer products I had been designing. As a carpet designer for Tai Ping Carpets, I applied my knowledge and technical background to create custom designs for hotels and other commercial spaces, collaborating with Interior Designers and Architects on projects around the world! It was an exciting time in which I was able to travel to mills in Thailand, China, and Italy to see manufacturing of a variety of rugs, carpets, and textiles.
I share this background because I will always see the projects I work on from a Design perspective. I believe in the power of beauty to motivate and heal us! I continue to create textiles through a variety of applications including weaving, print design, mixed media, and (mostly) natural dye. I am available for custom commissions and regularly show some work. I am deeply connected to the social practice of making, teaching, and designing textiles. Below are some samples of my carpet designs and textiles. From time to time I also share projects or processes I work with on the blog.