The John C. Campbell Folk School was established in 1925 in Brasstown, a rural community in the westernmost corner of North Carolina. Black Mountain students produced furniture and textiles for sale, capitalizing on the Craft Revival’s creation of a market for such goods. The work contains an informative, reviewable contents page and fruitful bibliographic entries about John Ruskin and the Craft Revival of the southern Appalachians. The detailed history of Morgan is fascinating, as the author describes all the efforts taken to support the school and its mission of training and marketing weaving. The Folk Art Center is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, an educational non-profit organization.
Because of this wide-ranging support, the creative community is an accessible, thriving network of artists, musicians, performers, publishers, skilled craftsmen, manufacturers, and their distribution and support systems that contributes $41 billion worth of products and services to North Carolina each year. Haywood Community College in Waynesville, NC is an educational member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild through their Professional Crafts Program. She died in 1954, but the school —now listed on the National Register of Historic Places—remains a destination for artists and tours alike. Whisnant presents a scholarly analysis of the Craft Revival as a systemic cultural intervention effort.
Graduates are eligible to apply for bachelor’s degree programs at this school in areas such as textile development/marketing and home products development. Penland School of Crafts was started by a remarkable woman named Lucy Morgan-always known as Miss Lucy-who first came to Penland, North Carolina in 1920 as a teacher at the Appalachian School which occupied Horner Hall, Ridgeway, and several other buildings still in use today.
In the spring and fall, Penland also offers seven classes that run for eight-week sessions called concentrations, as well as a few one-week classes. This is an instructional book by Penland artists/craftsmen revealing pottery techniques through eight different projects. UNC-Greensboro has created a collection that facilitates research related to authors who have lived in or written about North Carolina searchable by author, geographic region, or genre. Also included is a section tracing the general history of textiles in North Carolina with national and international influences. Morgan retired to Jackson County in 1962 and continued to visit Penland until her death in 1981.
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Stecoah (Robbinsville) – Stecoah Valley Arts Center is located in the restored 1926 school building. North Carolina hosts multiple beer festivals and beer-related events each year, most notably NC Beer Month in April. She founded an organization to produce and sell higher-end woven fabric, specifically not like the weaving of ‘typical mountain craft.’ Hambidge used her husband’s designs, inspired from nature, to create unique colors and designs for her weaving.
John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. A program that provides opportunities for hands-on experience with creative expression through learning various forms of craft. In May 1926 Campbell and Butler were joined by Georg Bidstrup , a Dane who came to the school to run the farm and provide recreational activities for students. The facility began as a more general school, including a boarding school for children, and grew into a crafts school.
Country Workshops is an education center member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild that focuses on traditional craftsmanship with hand tools in woodworking. Peters Valley Craft offers 2 – 5 day blacksmithing and metals workshops May through September (beginner through advanced). Several museums and buildings across North Carolina contain pieces crafted by Thomas Day, including the North Carolina Museum of history which has, among other pieces, a sofa used by Governor David S. Reid. She spent 18 months studying folk schools and folk culture in Scandinavia and in England. The study is also applicable for studies examining community and school interaction.
Charlotte-based beer blogger Daniel Hartis () has written the definitive guide to the region’s craft beer scene, in his 2014 book Beer Lover’s: The Carolinas. With many tools at the teacher’s disposal, a variety of craft specialties can be taught, including pottery, woodwork, metalwork & many other unique crafts/arts. Becker seeks to unpack the social and cultural underpinnings of the Craft Revival as the images and ideals of mountain culture were constructed to appeal to middle-class American interests. Decoy carving was once part of the fabric of life along the sounds of North Carolina.
The catalogue provides excerpts on craft schools and industries indigenous to the area surrounding Berea Kentucky including the Hindman Settlement School and Churchill Weavers Studio. A settlement school founded by the Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity included weaving in its training. There is something reassuring about being able to make one’s own shelter out of wood, bake bread that tastes better than store-bought, and craft warm clothing from basic materials. John Campbell died in 1919 without ever making the trip to see Danish folk schools in operation. Throughout the ’90s, brewpubs grew steadily across North Carolina’s small cities and towns.
We are looking for a natural center,” she wrote, where creeks come together…a section with agricultural possibilities.” A few months later, in September 1925, Marguerite Butler arrived by train in Murphy, North Carolina. Tonight, a fellow brewer from NoDa Brewing Co. , an award-winning craft brewery just down the street, is elbows up at the bar enjoying a hoppy pint of My Fair Lady IPA.