Matt Tommey / Vine Baskets by Matt TommeyMatt Tommey is an Appalachian basketmaker in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt's baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional Appalachian forms...
Paula Bowers Bowers Hotvedt
Paula Bowers Hotvedt Weaving Studio
Paula recently moved from her home west of Nashville, TN to the Asheville area of North Carolina. She was seeking a stronger and more vibrant community of fiber artists - and she has certainly found it! It was an interesting move because it involved her six dogs and a cat, her weaving studio which she had worked in for almost twenty years and her home. Everyone and everything successfully made the trip. Paula’s new studio is now within her home and it is forming a very efficient and creative environment in which to work. The dogs and cat are fascinated with the wild turkeys which arrive in flocks in the field adjacent to her home and the cows who seem impervious to barking in the field directly across the driveway.
Originally from Cape Cod, Paula still misses the ocean but the mountains of Western North Carolina are truly marvelous and inspiring. Paula has found a wonderful yoga community allowing her study of yoga and meditation to continue and grow. She became certified to teach Iyengar yoga after completing a 1,000 hour program which took her two years.
Paula began exhibiting seriously in 2000 and has steadily gained regional and national recognition for her art. She has exhibited in The Best of Tennessee Craft Artists, the American Craft Council’s Regional Spotlight Exhibitions, as well as the American Craft Council’s Fairs in Baltimore and Atlanta, and the Judy Chicago Project at Vanderbilt University. In 2009 she received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was a NICHE Award Finalist in the category of Fiber-Wearables for 2010 and Winner in 2011. One of her most cherished honors was being invited to become a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, NC in 2008. Paula was accepted into the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Guild in 2014. Prior to her move to North Carolina, Paula served on the Board of Directors of TN Craft.