Textile Workshop is the fiberarts studio of Sheree White Sorrells.
We are located in the craft rich area of Western North Carolina
in the Smoky Mountains, and surrounded by the Smoky Mountain National
Park. For 20+ years the studio has occupied a downtown loft in
the heart of the commercial district in Waynesville, North Carolina.
has produced a variety of fiber related products and art pieces
over the years. Sheree and her studio assistants have designed
and handmade many types of projects from handwoven and hand-dyed
rugs to the ever favorite GRAFFITI FABRIC COLLAGE. Having been
a rugweaver for most of her career, Sheree decided to expand into
the construction of floorcloths. Afterall, a floorcloth is just
another type of rug, right? She went about the task of educating
herself about techniques and materials common to historical and
contemporary floorcloth work. As you may know, most traditional
floorcloths are hand painted on canvas with a varnish or polyurethane
cover. But this didn't seem to be the right approach for Sheree.
approach was through the techniques of fiberart, rather than painting.
The first floorcloths were created as a kind of quilt top, then
fused to canvas. Not being fond of the sewing involved, she explored
technical methods further, and fascinated by the fun and immediacy
offered by heat bonding her fabrics to create a collage directly
on canvas. This inspired her to be even more spontaneous by free-hand
cutting shapes, and drawing free hand to enhance the graphic qualities
of the floorcloth or placemat.
was to be a much more challenging step. Countless experiments
with polyurethanes, varnishes and floor finishes did not produce
the look she wanted. Finally, in a last effort of solution, she
mixed several components together....
Voila! A unique
finish was born. We call it DURAFLEX...because it is incredibly
DURABLE and at the same time indefinitely FLEXIBLE. Sheree and
her husband Ken ran many trial tests with their own busy family
of teenagers and multiple pets, poured hot coffee and barbeque
sauce directly on the artpieces.... In all situations, her floorcloths
performed fabulously...no staining, or yellowing... and continue
to do so today. The floorcloth shown on the Home page of our website
is the original piece which has laid in front of our kitchen sink
for almost 10 years. It still looks fresh and new.
Let us make
something for you.