Deanna Lynch, 2014 Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber graduate, found a niche in the market and is making her mark. Her business, Deanna Lynch Textiles, is weaving yardage for private label work with a New York designer as well as an Asheville fashion designer.
“Deanna has an astounding skill set. She found an underserved market segment in her craft, recognized the opportunity and went for it,” says Katy Gould, HCC Small Business Center Director.
Lynch’s journey to HCC came after she already had a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Growing up, her grandfather had looms and she did basic weaving. She learned about HCC’s program from a friend who was attending.
“Coming to HCC was like coming home,” Lynch explains. “It was so supportive with a huge amount of resources. I just wish I could share this part of my life with my grandfather (who has passed away).”
Besides the yardage, Lynch makes mostly wearables. “There is a certain intimacy there. There’s a comfort value. What people wear is a way they express themselves.”
For now, Lynch still divides her time between accounting and weaving. “I am able to manage both businesses with the help of the Small Business Center. Katy is so supportive. She urged me to take the leap to branch out and try new things. Her energy is infectious. And sometimes you just need a pep talk when you work for yourself.”
Lynch also steps into the role of giving a pep talk from time to time. She has visited the current HCC Fiber students and freely shares her knowledge, tips, and accounting skills.
HCC Professional Crafts Fiber instructor Amy Putansu says that Lynch showed an obvious desire to learn while at HCC. “Deanna was a top performing student. The focus and strong work ethic she demonstrated has paid off and become a way of life and contributes to her success only two years after graduating. Deanna has been a very generous graduate in sharing her real-life experiences of small business ownership with our current students and serving as an example of how the valuable characteristics of tenacity, patience, and hard work can lead to great things!”
Lynch has nothing but respect for Putansu as well. “Amy is so good at paying attention to what students need and when they need it. She lets them pursue what path they want to go. There’s plenty of freedom to explore in the structure of the course. Leaving HCC was sad but when I left, I had a real marketing and business plan from the classes I took.”
Locally, Lynch’s work can be found at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, Mica Gallery in Burnsville, and Troika Gallery in Floyd, Virginia. Going on now through New Year, Lynch is part of a show called Winter Wrap Up at Mica Gallery along with two other HCC Fiber graduates. For more information, visit micagallerync.com. To see more about Lynch, visit her website at deannalynchtextiles.com.
For more info about HCC’s Professional Crafts Fiber program, please call 627-4672. For more information about HCC’s Small Business Center, please call 627-4512.
Donated photo. Deanna Lynch (pictured), 2014 Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber graduate, found a niche in the market and is making her mark. Her business, Deanna Lynch Textiles, is weaving yardage for private label work with a New York designer as well as an Asheville fashion designer.