Craft For A Greater Good
The CGG Local Resident Fellows are the Liaison between TFS, the local partners, and the membership
The Furniture Society is thrilled to announce our new Local Resident Fellows who will help us to facilitate our Craft for a Greater Good (CGG) program in Asheville this coming year. They will work with our local hosts and partners, UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, and our community partner — BeLoved Asheville, to facilitate the program.
In this iteration of Craft for a Greater Good, Annie & Ellie will be the liaison between TFS and our partners at STEAM Studios and our membership to explore the design-build process which includes developing designs, and prototyping furniture for tiny homes that will be used by BeLoved Asheville as they serve the homeless population in Asheville.
The launch of our new Local Resident Fellow position will allow us to forge a deeper connection and long-term commitment to our host city, ensuring the success of this program.
Annie Evelyn is a furniture maker living in Bakersville, NC. She has been a resident artist at the Penland School of Craft, the Windgate Resident at multiple Universities, been awarded the John D.Mineck fellowship, and exhibited nationally and internationally. Evelyn has been working to create community throughout her artistic practice, mentoring teens, teaching art and upholstery in community and youth centers, as well as putting on arts-based events across the country. In 2019 she co-founded Crafting the Future with a dedicated group of artists from Penland School of Craft to address the glaring lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of art, craft, and design.
Ellie Richards looks to the tradition of both woodworking and the ready-made to create eclectic assemblage, installation, and objects exploring intersections of labor and leisure. She has traveled extensively to investigate the role play and improvisation have on the artistic process. Her work, both furniture and sculpture, has been included in exhibitions at the Mint Museum; Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design; SOFA Chicago; and the Society of Contemporary Craft. Currently, Ellie is a 3‑year Resident Artist at Penland School of Craft.