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Meet Committee Chair: Cara Young

Meet Committee Chair: Cara Young

With the new year came new leadership in the committees of Tennessee Craft. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting these volunteer leaders as a small thank you for all they do for us.

Our fourth installment of this series features Cara Young, our new chair of the Workshop Committee.

Why is it important for you to be involved with Tennessee Craft?

After I graduated from the craft center, the most difficult part was losing the community. I needed the network of knowledgeable constructive criticism. Also, I knew that joining TN Craft was an inevitable next step to start the craft circuit. I wanted to have a more fundamental understanding as to how it worked, so it would be a smoother transition when the time allowed. Plus, I like to be helpful.

What made you decide to take a leadership position this year?

Peer pressure! Tim Hintz caught me after the 2013 workshop and asked me to be on the committee. Thankfully, he and Teri Alea have coached me through it.

What are you most excited about accomplishing?

Getting the hang of it. We just finished our 2014 workshop, “Connect to Your Customer with the Arts Business Institute,” as a recent achievement. I am most excited about our first committee meeting directly afterward concerning 2015, and our recent additions to the Workshop Committee members. We waste no time.

What is your craft / how did you start?

I graduated from the Appalachian Center for Craft in 2007 in Fiber and finished my teaching certificate in 2008. Currently in my fourth year, I teach high school in Rutherford County. There, I have created a small paper, print and book studio and dusted off a bunch of ceramics equipment to outline a department.

Presently for myself, I am putting the finishing touches on a toothflyer pillow series about to debut. I am planning projects with Japanese batik on silk for when warmer weather obliges, and am learning to print with natural dyes for a clothing series with Sara McLoud of mcLoud9.

What do you find beneficial / rewarding about showing at the Fairs?

I am not there yet, but I like to volunteer for them and I like to think I am really good at handing out maps!

What is your favorite part of being a craft artist?

It gives me purpose and an outlet, and it fulfills my necessity of never being bored. This is really important, to have fresh material for daydreaming while tending to high school obligations.

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