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Sustainability in Art, Craft, and Design

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Panelists: Grace Casey-Gouin, Karie Reinertson, Katrina Rodabaugh, & Sarita Westrup

Warren Wilson College, Canon Lounge in the Gladfelter Student Center

Open to the Public/ FREE

What does a sustainable future look like and how can creatives use their expertise to help shape it? How do artists, crafters, and designers align creative work to prioritize eco-friendly materials, integrate design circularity, strengthen local communities, and honor traditional craftsmanship? Creatives can build systems that result in regeneration, circularity, and stewardship for the present and the future. Join us for this panel conversation as we discuss the opportunities at the intersections of sustainability, art, craft, and design and share examples of what this looks like in our studios, offices, and homes. Moderated by Katrina Rodabaugh, NY-based artist and author of Mending Matters, alongside local creatives Grace Casey-Gouin of Echoview Fiber Mill, Karie Reinertson of Shelter Collective and Sarita Westrup of collaborative TIERRA FIRME and Penland School of Craft. After the panel, Rodabaugh will sign copies of her new book, Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, and panelists will be available for questions and comments. For more information, please contact Melanie Wilder at Warren Wilson College.




Grace Casey-Gouin is the Creative Director at Echoview Fiber Mill in Weaverville, NC. She has had a life-long love of fabric and fiber, inherited from her mother and grandmother, but found that her passion met with a purpose when she began researching sustainable textiles as part of a senior project at Skidmore College while studying anthropology and studio art. After graduating in 2010, she has worked steadfastly towards a more sustainable future in the textile industry through design and the development of sustainable domestic supply chains with cotton, wool, and alpaca. She lives in Burnsville with her husband, two dogs, cat, and angora rabbits.

Karie Reinertson is a trained artist, designer and maker who has shown her work across the country and traveled around the globe. She co-founded interior and architectural design studio, Shelter Collective, with her partner Rob Maddox in 2010 in Asheville, NC. Her work as principal designer at Shelter helps clients explore intention, expansion, and integration in spaces. She is passionate about connecting craftspeople and projects, leading to the varied and rich spaces Shelter designs. At the core of Shelter are the makers. Shelter believes in the power of handmade, mindfully-chosen, sustainably-produced products to transform experiences in spaces.


Katrina Rodabaugh is a writer and artist using traditional crafts to explore environmental and social issues. Since 2013, she’s focused on a sustainable fashion project, Make Thrift Mend, to repair, redesign, and reconnect through mending, natural dyes, and sustainable style. In 2018, she published her second book, Mending Matters, now in its fourth printing. She teaches workshops across the US; hosts textile retreats in her barn studio; and publishes tutorials and essays in blogs, magazines, and books. She also offers a seasonal slow design subscription program. She lives with her artist husband, two young children, six chickens, hive of bees, and various gardens on a homestead in the Hudson Valley of NY. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing/ Poetry.


Sarita Westrup is an artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. Her personal textile and sculptural works are inspired by her home in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Sarita is also co-founder of TIERRA FIRME a project-based collaborative effort that speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of the US & Mexico. She received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2016. Her work has been exhibited widely including recent exhibitions at the Latino Cultural Center, form and concept, and Kirk Hopper Gallery. She currently works at the Penland School of Craft as the textile studio coordinator.

Earlier Event: April 10
Craft Night