Billy Ray SimsTraditional Appalachian hand-split white oak baskets are the focus of Billy Ray's craft. But he also creates baskets of New...
Media: FiberThe Blue Ridge Mountains, which surround my home with their ever changing moods, have been a continuing source of inspiration to me as a tapestry weaver.
My intention is to create peaceful places, microcosms one may enter for replenishment. A colorist, I seek to express the ever-changing nuances of light and color through subtle blendings of fibres, color tones and textures. For me, harmonious use of color, line and texture communicate the beauty, balance and sensuousness I experience in nature. A graduate of the University of South Florida, l apprencticed in fibers with Dr. Lorraine Force at Appalachian State University, received two scholarships to Penland Craft School and have continued my training in numerous workshops. A resident of Boone, NC for 33 years, I've been a member of the Guild since 1986. I'm also a member of Piedmont Craftsmen as well as the American Tapestry Alliance. Featured in over 30 invitational and juried exhibitions, I was chosen to represent the Biltmore House during their "Year of the Tapestry" celebration. I've received over a dozen ribbons and many purchase awards. My work has been featured in numerous publications including: 1000 Textile Images (May 2010), Fiber Arts Design Book V, Making Amazing Art, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful and Southern Aviator Magazine. A fall weaving "Appalachian Sunset" appeared in the film "28 Hours". Commissions available for public viewing can be seen at the EPA Visitor Center in Raleigh, NC Arboretum in Asheville, Appalchian State University "Whitewater Room", NCNB in Chattanooga, Tennessee, BREMCO in Boone, Asmo International in Statesville and the permanent collection of the Fire House Gallery in Burlington, NC. A few private and permanent collections include those of Muriel Hemingway, former Lt Governor Bob and Sarah Jordan, the Whittington's and Avera's in Winston Salem and the Weeds in Charlotte. A brochure is available of my work as well as an album of over a 100 tapestry and off loom weavings, mostly commissions. Contact me and I'll send a brochure or a photo album for you to study. Originally, a mountain family endeavor, my Mother and youngest daughter Erin assisted me early on. Mother has passed away and Erin is now a designer in NY. Please enjoy the Galleries below and if you have any questions contact me by phone or email. A visit to my studio is available by appointment. Thank you for your interest in my work!