Weave a wildflower ornament with artist Amy Supton.

Artist Amy Supton learned to work in fiber arts before she learned to read. Her preschool teacher taught her how to make crepe paper into yarn and her first grade teacher taught her to embroider and appliqu├ęs. These techniques stuck with Supton into adulthood and became the foundations of a rich body of work spanning weaving, ceramics, water-color, and pastels.

Amy explored many craft techniques such as quilt, embroidery, weaving, and ceramics. With her intense interest in fiber, she began to create work that combined both ceramics and fiber to create unique mixed media pieces.

Supton spent her early 20s in Detroit, Michigan (1965-1969), Berkeley, California (1969-1970), and then moved to Nashville, Tennessee (1970-1984). While in Detroit she picked up sewing from artist friends and made quilts, daishikis, and elaborately embroidered clothing. Her identity as a craftsperson emerged and a career in the arts unfolded. In Berkeley, she took loom weaving and rug-making classes from store-front shops. There, tapestry- and rug-maker German immigrant Kaethe Kliot taught Supton the techniques she still uses to this day.

Upon moving to Nashville, Supton was immediately introduced to other weavers and became a fixture in the Nashville crafts community. She was active in the Nashville Handweavers Guild and the Tennessee Artist Craftsman Association.

After moving to New York in 1984, Amy taught creative arts to children with special needs in the New York Public School system for 25 years. She put as much passion into planning projects for her students as she had in her career as a craftsperson. Her work was shown at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt University, and Spring Street Gallery, Tennessee State Museum as well as others. Her work was collected by the Tennessee State Museum, the Chicago Standard Oil Building, and the Opry Hotel.

During the two hour workshop, participants will learn how to weave on a cardboard loom.
The participants will learn plain weave technique and a few rug knots used in weaving to create a flower-shaped ornament to take home.