Steven will be working toward his Masters in Social Work at the University of Tennessee (Anna Maria Horner's alma mater), and I will be waiting it out for a year before attending the Appalachian Center for Craft to attain my BFA in Fibers. Really!
This is a view of Center Hill Lake, a reservoir 64 miles in length, which is minutes from my future campus:
The Craft Center is located in Smithville, TN, which has a population of about 4,000 and an area of 5.9 square miles. It is really tiny, really rural and absolutely gorgeous.
The fibers program itself is tiny but impressive, with about a dozen students on average. I will be learning weaving, dyeing, surface design (screenprinting and block printing onto fabric), designing in repeats (and not!), how to weave enough fabric for a specific project, and so on. Can you imagine?!
Have any of you been to Knoxville? Growing up in Nashville, I had met folks from Knoxville but never visited. All I knew of it was the Sunsphere, a charmingly gaudy souvenir of the 1982 World's Fair. Last month Steven and I visited for the first time, and were immediately taken with the city. It has more public parks, meeting spaces and neighborhood playgrounds than any city I've been to.
[an old mansion near UT, apparently being renovated, and beautiful in its half-ruin]
A few things we found in Knoxville that are quite exciting: