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Statement from the artist:
"Working as a textile artist has provided for me a combination of challenges, frustrations, rewards, more challenges ... more frustrations. It is an ongoing process. The more I learn, the more I learn I need to know. Each new skill or information leads to another challenge, another project, and another (hopefully) finished piece. I am a functional weaver, which means that I make things that are intended to be used for a purpose, as opposed to non functional, i.e. art. It is an odd distinction, if you ask me. For beauty, color, and innovation in textiles can be anything.

I like to work with colors that demand presence ... in other words, colors which are not "safe", (although I don't mind if the item matches the sofa.) I like to push techniques to additional levels of performance, and I am patient until they yield my intended result.

I like to make rugs that behave like rugs. They lay flat, keep their body, and provide warmth and beauty for many, many years. I like them to be wonderful accessories in a room, and occasionally wonderful art pieces. I have had the privilege to make both.

Textile art is part of my life. It's a simple thing, really. A simple piece of cloth ... that's the beginning of everything."

Media Recognition The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Newspaper, April 1999
Contemporary Rag Rugs by Heather Allen, 1997
North Carolina's Taste Full Magazine, Summer 1997
Southern Living Magazine, Carolina Living, 1996
Handwoven Magazine, 1996
Home Magazine, 1995
North Carolina Home Magazine, October 1993
Interior Design Magazine, April 1992
Decorative Rug Magazine, 1991
Floor Covering Weekly, 1991
Rug News, 1991
Contemporary Crafts for the Home, Kraus-Sikes Publishers, by Bill Kraus, 1990
Come Home to Country, Better Homes & Gardens Publications, 1989
House Beautiful Magazine, July 1987
Affiliated Organizations Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., juried membership
Southern Highlands Crafts Guild, juried membership, 1978
Handmade in America, Asheville NC
Volunteer Experience Board of Trustees, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, 1996-1999
Board of Directors, Haywood County Arts Council, 1995-1998
Handmade in America, "Services" Board Member, 1998-2001
Fair Committee, SHCG
Advisory Board, Haywood Community College, Production Crafts Department 1987-90, 1999-02
Chairperson, ad hoc Standards Study Committee, SHCG 1993-1996
Education/ Personal Graduate 1978, Western Carolina University, Bachelor of Fine Arts.
North Carolina native.
Selected Exhibits American Craft Council, Baltimore Winter Market 2002
American Craft Council, Baltimore Summer Market 2001
Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings 1997
Providence Fine Furnishings 1996
Selected for "Rags to Riches: Handcrafted Rugs" a traveling exhibit sponsored by ExhibitsUSA & Texas Association of Museums 2002-2006