Southeast Fibers Educators Association (SEFEA)

Artwork by Catharine Ellis


Catharine Ellis has been a weaver and dyer for more than 35 years. After many years of teaching the Professional Craft Fiber Program at Haywood Community College, she now divides her time between studio work, research, and specialized teaching. Ellis is the author of “Woven Shibori,” and her work has been featured in “Fiberarts” magazine and “Surface Design Journal.” She teaches workshops and exhibits nationally and internationally. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marymount College and continued her education at Penland School of Crafts. After many years, Ellis decided to return to the roots of her first dye experience and work with natural plant dyes. The challenge of using these dyes effectively on cotton fabrics compelled her to travel and study with masters, who have helped her develop an effective process for mordanting, dyeing, and discharging.