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Douglas Atchley works full time in his studio in Weaverville, NC where he specializes in surface design on natural fibers. He is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen, and the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 1998. He participates in the two annual SHCG Craft shows in Asheville , NC in July and October, in Piedmont Craftsmen Show in Winston-Salem in November and the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show in November.
He particularly enjoys the qualities of silks which drape beautifully, possess fluidity and durability, and uniquely accept intense colors from dyes. He uses both matte and reflective silk surfaces in his creations. Frequent techniques are hand painting and an unusual Nineteenth Century Japanese dyeing technique called arashi shibori (pole wrapping).