Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program Graduate Exhibition 2022. On display at the Folk Art Center May 21 – September 7.
“I am Mitchell Burelson and I make handwoven fabric. I utilize the fabric I create to make accessories and home goods that are durable, comfortable, and meaningful alternative to mass produced textile products. My work addresses the need for comfort we have as humans through texture, how simple hand made goods can provide years of enjoyment and value to consumers, and how handmade textile products can be a counter to consumerism and fast fashion practices that have a huge negative impact on the environment. Comfort means something different to everyone but in my experience, I find comfort through touch. Textures and materials can impact mood and well-being significantly, so it is my goal as a designer to show new forms of comfort to my customers through my work. Handmade goods are an investment, but many consumers are unaware of the massive amount of textile waste from industrial manufacturing processes. By investing in handmade goods that last a lifetime, consumers are impacting the amount of goods being manufactured by global companies and helping reduce manufacturing numbers and in turn in textile waste. My hope is that Mitchell weaves can educate our consumer about the benefits to slow fashion and how textiles can be a tool to bring people together.”
– Mitchell Burelson