Photo by Michelle Harris. Two Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Keith & Miller Foundation to attend workshops at Peters Valley School of Craft. Students Lura Jacobs and Grace Engel (pictured left to right) will use these full scholarships for a unique opportunity this summer.

Two Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber students have been selected as recipients of scholarships from the Keith & Miller Foundation to attend workshops at Peters Valley School of Craft. Students Grace Engel and Lura Jacobs will use these full scholarships for a unique opportunity to spend time this summer attending a workshop titled “A Garden of Color:  Weaving Wool in Naturally Dyed Hues.”

Engel has been weaving since she was a child and most recently has been running her own business as an artist focusing on drawing, painting and embroidery. “I felt like taking this program was necessary to round me out,” she explains. “The hands-on approach at HCC is the best way to intimately know the craft.”

Jacobs moved to the area from England. She found out about the HCC Professional Crafts programs while attending an event at the Southern Highland Craft Guild. She says she has worked with fiber over the years knitting, spinning and felting. “The Creative Arts facility at HCC is wonderful,” she explains. “Being in the fiber studio is my happy place. I am very lucky to be here.”

Peters Valley School of Craft is located in New Jersey. According to its website, Peters Valley enriches lives through learning, practice and appreciation of fine crafts.

HCC’s Professional Crafts programs offer an innovative, affordable, groundbreaking craft education. Through a unique blend of studio experience, classroom education and hands-on business experience, students can achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio artists or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.

For more information about HCC’s Professional Crafts Fiber program, please visit creativearts.haywood.edu, call 828-565-4672 or email aputansu@haywood.edu.