About Us

Hours:
Tues          noon – 4pm
Wed-Sat   11am – 5pm
First Sunday of the month noon – 4pm

Andrea Batsche

Andrea Repasz-Batsche grew up in norther Vermont and attended Lyndon State College in picturesque Lyndonville, Vermont.  Love of her surroundings and the environment quickly evolved into a creative vision that now drives her work.  Andrea’s fiber career started at The Joyful Jewel in Pittsboro, NC, where she used old t-shirts as a medium to create artwork to wear.  Then in 2016 Andrea opened Studio 17 with her private label “New Karma For Old Threads”.

As a fiber artist, Andrea thinks of “threads” as an all emcompassing metaphor for connections: connecting one cloth to another, one life to another, one dream to another.  Andrea lives in Bear Creek, NC, is a wife, mother of four, and a local activist for the causes that she holds dear.  Creativity is a way of life for her, each one-of-a-kind piece she makes is intended to bring out the inner beauty of the wearer, whether it is a commissioned piece or something that blossomed from her own inspiration.

 

Julie Moore

Julie Antone Moore grew up on a small horse ranch on the south side of Kansas City, Missouri.  Received a BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1980, with minors in biology and psychology.  In 1983 she began designing and constructing pictorial quilts and fabric portraits made from fabric scraps and found items.  Then in 1993 opened Fiberactive Organics, L3C, a fiber-art studio with her own line of organic cotton sewing products,  table linens, fashions for men women and children, fabric vessels,and much more.  Julie lives and works in Apex, NC.  All of her organic cotton products as well as her organic cotton sewing thread are for sale in Studio 17.

In 2012, Julie opened Earth To Earth Burial making fiber art cremation urns, organic cotton shrouds, and even fabric caskets.  Her natural burial creations have won her recognition from around the world, and her work in the natural burial movement has benefitted individuals, funeral homes and cemeteries in North Carolina.

After more than 25 years in the fiber and sewing industry Julie now offers consultation and mentoring services to young designers and entrepreneurs around the country.  She does prototyping of new fabric products and teaches handwork techniques in venues all along the eastern seaboard.