Abby Martell

Abby Martell has a BFA from RISD where she created stunning fine art textiles. Now she is trying to translate that work into “functional fiber art for the home, with the intention of bringing the user closer to the natural materials and traditional processes used to create them.”

Sawyer Woodwork

Jesse Sawyer of Sawyer Woodwork is a recent graduate of the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College. He’ll be at The Big Crafty alongside his wife, jeweler Audrey Laine. We enjoy seeing their collaborative partnership in craft and life, and the aesthetic affinities they find in their respective mediums.

Starting up local talent.

We’re never more excited than when we hear from someone new with one great piece. Over the years, it has happened again and again. We find ourselves giving pep talks and advice, lining up resources, and watching a new member of the creative community come into their own. So we decided to make it official. Our inaugural StartUp Award winners receive:

  • A space at The Big Crafty.
  • A membership at the Asheville Area Arts Council.
  • Promotion, advice and support.
  • A Horse + Hero gift certificate.

We can’t wait to see where Abby and Jesse take us!