I’m Heather K Powers a textile designer, artist and organizer. Thank you so much for clicking over to visit.
My work as an organizer is informed by and deeply rooted in my creative background.
A passion for interiors and textiles led me to study fiber arts and textile design at Savannah College of Art and Design, where I fell in love with weaving. I especially love that it requires both planning and spontaneity.
My analytic and intuitive process gives me a unique and balanced approach to design and organizing.
Because of the rapidly disappearing textile industry in the USA, my textile career evolved quickly as I raced to learn as much as possible! My career began in one of the oldest weaving mills in the US, Churchill Weavers (no longer open). Churchill hired me to help them utilize new loom technology to transition designs for their historic mill. While there, I learned the fundamentals of woven production design from a historical and culturally relevant company. Being on-site with production, I learned the importance of understanding the technology, products, and the people you are designing products for.
As a young textile designer eager to apply the principles of woven textile design to carpets, I went to work for Mohawk Industry. Carpets seemed more sophisticated and appealing to me than mass-market consumer products I had been designing. Later, working as a carpet designer for Tai Ping Carpets, I applied my knowledge and technical background to custom designs. My workd involved collaborating with interior designers and architects on worldwide projects for hotels and other commercial spaces worldwide. It was an exciting time in which I traveled to mills in Thailand, China, and Italy to observe the manufacturing of various rugs, carpets, and textiles. I share my background because I will always see the projects I work on from a Design perspective.
Beauty has the power to motivate and heal us!
I continue as a textile designer and maker today. My process includes various techniques, such as weaving, print, mixed media, and (mostly) natural dye. I am available for custom commissions and regularly show work, please learn more about these services here. My creative social practice includes 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.