Jude Stuecker



BOOTH # 104


Where are you from / where do you live now / what brought you to the southern highland region?
I grew up in Louisville, KY and moved to Asheville when I was 18 years old to attend Warren Wilson College. I fell in love with the area and never left. I moved around a bit locally but settled in West Asheville about 20 years ago, where I live with my husband and two daughters.

What is your favorite part about living in the southern highlands?
My favorite thing about living here is all the natural resources that surround us. I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place where we are surrounded by trees and rivers and mountains, lush with plants and animals. Nature is valued here, and we work to conserve that. I also love the sense of community that people have in this region, and the desire to make happiness a priority. Most of us want to connect with each other, live close to nature, do what we love, and enjoy our lives. It's pretty simple, but I feel that those values are unique to this area.
Tell us something unique about your process / what makes your work unique among artists in your same discipline?

I make all my own fabrics and sew all my own garments, which sets me apart from other artists. People generally do surface design on existing garments or make garments out of commercial fabrics, but all of my clothing starts from white fabric. I dye it to get the color, print it with silkscreens to get the pattern, cut it using original patterns, and sew it into garments -- all in my little home studio!

How long have you been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild? What is your favorite part of being a Guild member?

I've been a member of the Guild since 2004 -- almost 20 years! I love the Guild. My favorite thing about the Guild is that it gives me a sense of community. Most of us are independent artists who work alone in our studios almost all of the time. The Guild provides connection, friendship, sharing of information, and a feeling of family. I love spending time with other artists to talk about our "work." It makes me feel like I'm a part of something bigger.

What can visitors expect to find at your booth? Are you working on anything specific to reveal at the Craft Fair this Summer? (New work?)

Visitors will find soft, comfortable clothing in bright, fun patterns. I'll have skirts, tops, and dresses -- all made from bamboo and cotton fabrics. I always try to have new styles, colors, and prints each year.

Anything else you'd like to share?
It's an honor to be part of the Guild on this exciting 75th anniversary of the Craft Fairs!


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