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Local Resident Fellows

A new role has been announced to support CGG!

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.

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Annie Evelyn

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.

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Ellie Richards

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.