Call for Fashion Show Entry

A regional wearable fashion show will be held October 25 in Asheville, North Carolina. Textile artists and fashion designers within a 100 mile radius of Asheville are invited to create garments or fashion accessories following the theme of the 2012 runway show: EARTH TONE PALETTE. Any type of material/technique may be used in the creation of this including: woven, sewn, knitted, felted, dyed, printed, etc. Locally produced and repurposed materials are encouraged as well as collaborations (for example: a fashion designer collaborating with a local weaver using yarn from a local fiber producer).

  • Entries should represent your work, not necessarily the garment(s) that will be in the fashion show.

  • Selection of participants will be based on digital images representative of your work.

  • Please submit images of up to 3 pieces including one full view and one detail (a collaboration will be considered 1 entry).

  • Include full description of each entry, including title, fiber content, technique(s) if applicable, include detailed description of any locally produced materials.

  • Digital images at 72 dpi and 800 pixels wide (if selected, image at 300 dpi will be required).

  • Send digital images, garment description, and contact information (Name, address, email, and phone number) to:

  • Or send your contact info and photos via regular mail to:

    Project Handmade
    c/o Local Cloth
    122 Riverside Dr, Studio D
    Asheville, North Carolina 28801

  • Postmarked by July 15, 2012

  • Entry fee: $35.00

    Please send a check to the above address made payable to: Local Cloth. Check must be postmarked by July 15, 2012



Christine Zoller holds an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia and is presently an Associate Professor and Textile Area Coordinator at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Christine has taught at other universities and has conducted workshops at Penland School of Crafts and the Quilt Surface Design Symposium. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen in the Surface Design Journal and Fiberarts Design Book Five and Fiberarts Design Book Six.

Adrienne Antonson is a visual artist working in the fields of sculpture and fashion. As a student at the College of Charleston she studied sculpture and then worked as the curator at Eye Level Art gallery in Charleston. When Adrienne moved to the Seattle area she worked on an alpaca farm. At the farm she soon fell in love with the animals and their fur and found inspiration for her clothing label STATE. In her line of clothing she uses only repurposed fabrics. Each piece is one of a kind and involves hand stitching, hand painted patterns, and other sculptural and unexpected details. Adrienne now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Franzi Charen is co-owner of Hip Replacements Clothing in Asheville and has been an independent business owner in the community for 10 years. She directs the Asheville Grown Business Alliance, and from manufacturing, retail, festival and non-profit work, is well versed in the diversity needed for a community to thrive. As founder and director Asheville Grown, she assembled a team that promotes the independent spirit of Asheville through design, social networking and public events.

Fashion show location, date and time

Location: Asheville Art Museum
October 25, 2012
6:30 - 7:30 pm: drinks and hors d'oeuvres
7:30 - 8:15 pm: fashion show


  • Deadline for emailed entries and $35 entry fee postmarked: July 15, 2012

  • Juror notification via email by July 31, 2012

  • Accepted entries due: October 15, 2012

  • Dress rehearsal: October 24, 2012

Guidelines, suggestions, and other information:

  • Submitted work must be original in concept and design.

  • Accepted work will be subject to final approval by the jurors' representative.

  • Work which differs significantly from digital images could be rejected and returned to the artist.

  • Selection will be based on the overall quality, craftsmanship and originality.

  • All body shapes, sizes, gender and ages will be represented as models.

  • Please consider an "earthtone palette" when submitting your final garment.

  • Garments include but are not limited to: jackets, coats, dresses, skirts, and shirts.

  • Fashion accessories include but are not limited to: scarves, shawls, hats, bags, and mens' neckties.

  • Collaborations are strongly urged, see directory for area resources.

  • Sales opportunity available for participant.

Project Handmade FAQ’s

Can I use commercial fabric and a commercial pattern that I purchase at my local fabric store for my garment?

While we support “buying local,” unless you alter/manipulate the fabric and/or pattern we will not accept a garment constructed this way.

What do you mean by “Earth Tone Palette”?

If your work is accepted, we ask that you use an earth tone palette as your inspiration for your final garment. You may interpret what that term may mean to you; we are looking for creative and innovative work, as well as a cohesive show.

What size should I make my garment?

Detailed model information will be sent to accepted designers/artists.

The deadline is very close, I have images from past work can I submit those?

Yes, images do not need to be the exact garment(s) you submit for fashion show, but the images do need to represent your quality of work.

Do I have to be present for the fashion show?

I don’t think you’ll want to miss this!! Bring friends and family!

What exactly do you mean by “local materials”? Does my garment have to be 100% “local materials”?

It is not required that your garment be created with 100% “local materials”, although that would be great, and is the mission of Local Cloth. A weaver (or knitter, etc) my use yarn locally produced or not, but the fabric must be woven within the 100 mile radius of Asheville. A surface design artist may use locally produced fabric or not, but embellishing or processing of fabric must be executed with the 100 mile radius of Asheville.

Will there be any opportunity for me to sell my work?

YES! We hope so. We are working on this and details will be provided to all accepted designers.

Can you explain again how I should send my images?

• Jurying will be done by digital images or current or past work.
• You (and your possible collaborator) may submit up to 3 garments (2 images of each garment, overall view and detail).
• Each image needs to be 72 DPI and 800 pixels wide
• Send images by July 15, 2012 , along with garment description, your name, address, phone#, and email to:

Is there a fee? how much and where do I send it?

• Yes, there is a fee, it is $35.00.
• Check must be postmarked by July 15, 2012.
• Please make your check out to: Local Cloth
• send it to:

Project Handmade
c/o Local Cloth
122 Riverside Dr, Studio D
Asheville, North Carolina 28801


Contact Barbara Zaretsky at 828-505-2958 or Kathie Roig at 828-399-1713.