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DATE: 11-16-00



























FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC Weaving Instructor Awarded Grand Prize

"Class is much more fun for the students when I am discovering new techniques," said Catherine Muerdter, weaving instructor at Haywood Community College."I spend a lot of time researching and experimenting with different processes to obtain new and interesting textures and designs." This experimentation led to Muerdter being awarded Grand Prize at the Carnegie Fabrics Exhibit held this past summer as part of the international conference of handweavers, Convergence 2000 Cincinnati.

, Juror Patrice George, an internationally acclaimed textile designer, selected 40 pieces of yardage out of several hundred entries to be part of this exhibit. Muerdter’s winning length of yardage, "Wrinkled as a Leaf" was woven of cotton and polyester. Then it was resisted, dyed and permanently pleated.



According to Muerdter, the juror looked for pieces that were "cutting edge", and pushed the envelope of what had already been done. In essence, she was looking for innovation in both process and design.



Muerdter spent two years developing the process used for her winning piece of cloth. The piece was transformed through many steps– weaving the fabric, stenciling, pleating, more dyeing, and then heat setting it. Muerdter said that at any step, she could have blown the whole outcome. That is why she experiments, does a lot of samples, to find out how the fabric is going to react to each process.



The exhibit was opened to both hobbyists and professional handweavers.



Haywood Community College offers an associate degree program in Professional Crafts: Weaving. For more information call HCC Student Services at (828) 627-4500 or toll free, 1 (866) Go To HCC.

Photo attached:

Award winning Catherine Muerdter (left) is shown at the Cincinnati exhibit with the second place winner, Lillian Whipple. Muerdter won the $3,000 grand prize for her hand-woven piece titled, "Wrinkled as a Leaf>"

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