Susan C. Balentine / Nature's BeautiesSusan's joy in creating with her hands was instilled at an early age by her artistic mother, from whom she...
I have loved fiber in some form since I was a small child. Each visit to my grandmother's home, with a new and different lesson, cultivated my interest and developed my attraction to the tactile qualities of fiber.
Cynthia Hall, a native of Western North Carolina, works in her home studio, Ridgeview Studio. Her work encompasses many years of quilting and a recent interest in handweaving. Although her undergraduate work was in business, her love for fiber was not forgotten during her business career. After several years at home with her two daughters, she returned to study at Haywood Community College Professional Craft Program and graduated in 2004. "I was given my grandmother's stash of unfinished projects in 1994, which included a quilt. I wanted to finish it for her and signed up for a class. I've not finished that quilt, but began a journey with fiber. I cherish memories of my grandmother and the keepsakes she made. I hope each piece I make becomes a keepsake. Each piece of fabric is a step back in time. . . . "
1999 Asheville Quilt Show, First Place in division, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC
2000 Asheville Quilt Show, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC
2001 Haywood Studio Christmas Show, Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC 2002 ˜Tracing Our Threads: The Kilbarchan Weaving Project, The Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC
2002 Blue Ridge Handweaving Show, First Place“ Amateur Accessories, John M. Crawford Gallery, The Asheville School, Asheville, NC
2002 ˜Winter Green, A Heritage Garden exhibit on natural dyes, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC
2003 ˜The Next Wave, Opie Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2004 Haywood Graduate Exhibit 2004, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
2004 Schacht Student Showcase, Category Award, Schacht Spindle Co., Boulder, CO 2006 Redbud Trail Quilt Show, Best of Show, 1st Place, & Third Place, Kentucky
2006 Asheville Quilt Show, Second Place & Third Place, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC
2006 Haywood Professional Craft Alumni Exhibition, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC