Callie Lasch is a Producer, Director, and Writer of public interest media. For over 20 years, Lasch has advocated for a greater appreciation of the value of the arts, including a focus on raising the profile of knitting and crochet.
Callie is also the Founder and Co-Director of The Institute for Therapeutic Craft & Creativity https://therapeuticcraftcreativity.com/p/about-itcc an online educational resource which produces talks, workshops, and videos about the power of creative making and engaging the hand-brain connection as a transformative tool for learning, cognitive development, and healing.
Additionally, Callie develops and facilitates public and private experiential programs for museums, galleries, and other arts organizations. Programs involve collaborative activities designed to expand innovative and solution-oriented thinking, and include professional development initiatives for corporate executives, school administrators, artists, scientists, engineers, veterans, students, and communities seeking to understand that the creative process is much more than a skill, but a way of operating.
Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller
Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller is a professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) at Mississippi State University. She is author of AutoCAD for the Apparel Industry (1994), a seminal work that adapted computer-aided design (CAD) software to the needs of the fashion industry. She holds more than 30 software copyrights for developing ApparelCAD™, Instant Designer International™, and Display Shop™ software.
Dr. Miller won three Fulbright Scholarships – to Bulgaria, India, and Mauritius. As an educator, collector, author, distinguished speaker, and meticulous designer of original knitwear, she has visited 59 countries and territories. Her travels, and the books, traditional costumes, and art she has collected inspire her original designs and her pedagogy. In 2010, she received the MSU Faculty Diversity Award. She will retire from MSU June 30, 2017, which will afford her more time for designing, offering and participating in workshops, traveling , and promoting my favorite art and craft of knitting.
Dr. Miller won the Editor’s Choice Award from Knitter’s Magazine for her original knitwear designs six times — in 2009-2011, and 2013-2015. In 2010, she received Ravelry’s Knitting Award (Best of Show) at Stitches South. She regularly wins awards in juried exhibitions and national design competitions sponsored by the American Association of Family and Consumer Services, the International Textile and Apparel Association, and the Costume Society America. As a CKC Board member, she will raise the profile of CKC among students and professionals in fashion, textile, and apparel design.
Kay L. Simmons
Kay Simmons holds a master’s degree in Communications and worked for 24 years as vice president of Communications for a Madison, WI-based non-profit health care organization. Since leaving that position in 2012, she has provided communications support and consulting and grant writing expertise to various organizations in the Madison area. Kay volunteers her time with numerous non-profit organizations helping with event planning, public relations and marketing, grant writing, and committee work.
Kay is an avid knitter and is a member of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) and the Madison Knitters Guild, where she continues to hone her knitting skills and volunteers on the community projects committee. In addition to knitting, Kay is a card making enthusiast and has an interest in history, especially related to hand crafts and fiber. She looks forward to learning more about fiber arts history and helping with the preservation of fiber artifacts.
Like many elementary school students, Suzann Thompson learned about American tall tales. Already a confirmed knitter, Suzann was thrilled when her teacher told the class that tall tales were also called yarns. Learning to crochet was to come later, and her first foray into the professional needlework world began when she crocheted and sold granny square drawstring purses during junior high school. She decided against mass production as a career. Years later, she designed knitting, crochet, and craft projects for publication in magazines and books. Eventually she authored Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers, Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights, and Cute Crochet World: A Little Dictionary of Crocheted Critters, Folks, Food, & More, all published by Lark.
Seeking a way to make knitted wall art, Suzann developed her signature TextileFusion technique, incorporating knitting, crochet, quilting, and embellishment. In 2016, she created the Celebrate Doilies exhibit, which features her doily-inspired TextileFusion art, works by Texan poet Sandi Horton, and doily heritage in the form of stories and photos from doily makers of the past and present. Celebrate Doilies travels to various locations around Texas and, Suzann hopes, beyond. Currently, she is planning and seeking funding for another exhibit, in which her textile art anchors an exploration of electrical technology and its impact on human and natural environments, and will include personal stories and artistic contributions from rural communities.
Suzann blogs at www.textilefusion.com/blog, where she will be spreading the word about CKC’s Digital Repository, online exhibitions, nomenclature project, and more.