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   TalkTextiles! Mission Statement Minimize  

The primary purpose of the TalkTextiles! website is to provide a glossary of home furnishings textile terms for use by the Internet public.  The glossary will attempt to provide definitions and illustrations that are accepted as a standard by the textile industry.  Where possible and appropriate, the TalkTextiles! site will also include video or links for additional information about the processes of creating fabrics, how fabrics might be used, and common principles and values in the industry.  It is the expressed vision of the TalkTextiles! Team that this site would be available for use by consumers, store staff, fabric industry representatives, weavers, manufacturers, importers, designers, students, and instructors.  In brief, the mission of the TalkTextiles! Team is to develop this site as an information tool to be used by anyone interested in or involved with fabrics for the home. 

   Jim Calhoun Minimize  

Jim Calhoun

As a home furnishings veteran of 25 years, I have been involved in both retail and manufacturing sides of the business.  While my degrees are in English and Psychology, I have always been drawn to the art and science of products for the home.  I have been fortunate to have had a varied career that has allowed me to work with product design and development, buying, photography, and advertising, store planning and set-up, and my most favorite, fabric selection. The technology of producing a fabric combined with the values of good design yields woven art.  

In both the retail and manufacturing arenas, I have often needed an accessible reference for information about the textile industry.  In selecting fabrics for upholstery, window treatments, beddings, and other items, I wanted to be more educated about the products, their usability, construction, and design.  And I wanted to be able to share what I had learned with others in my organization and work sphere.  There seemed to be no industry-endorsed resource for terminology and processes. 
This need led me to investigate creating such a resource with the talented people I have met throughout the years. And our home furnishings industry is filled with great people.  The team that has worked on this textile glossary is outstanding and a pleasure to have worked with. I am very grateful to them.  Not only does the team include industry designers and makers, but we have also been fortunate to have the assistance of academics.  Without intent but to great benefit, we have been able to begin to connect the educational and applied communities of the textile world.  

Textiles are among the oldest of mankind's creation.  One of its most necessary.  One of its least understood.  We at the Talk Textiles Team hope that this glossary will help consumers, designers, sales staff, students, and weavers know more about fabrics. We hope that we can provide education and inspiration about the craft, the art, and the science of textiles.  We use textiles so much each day that we don't even stop to think about the effort and hands it took to create those sumptuous bed linens, that comfortable sofa, that lush bath towel, those graceful draperies or even that simple, but favored dish towel.

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Nancy Boiter Powell

Nancy Boiter Powell acquired her M.F.A in Fabric Design from the University of Georgia, and did post graduate studies in Marketing & Management at Furman University.  She has 27 years of experience as the Director of Design in several reputed organizations including Milliken & Company, Collins & Aikman, Langenthal, and La France Industries.

Powell joined the North Carolina State University faculty in 2002 as an associate professor in the College of Textiles, teaching courses in design and development.  She also serves as a faculty member in the Anni Albers Scholars Program, which offers a dual degree in design and textile technology.
Professor Powell's research interest and expertise are concerned with product development, design management, and textile design.  She guides graduate students in research studies in design and product development in the areas of woven and knit textile design and product development.

She has written articles published in review and scholarly journals, and has delivered many successful presentations.  She is the current Chair of the Color Education Committee of the Color Marketing Association. 
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Wesley Mancini

MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Fiber 

Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, (now Philadelphia University)
BFA Philadelphia College of Art, (now the University of the Arts)
Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, HomeTex Design Award, and sole recipient of the DuPont Creative Leadership Award.
His line was included twice in Metropolitan Home magazines "Design 100" as a top design resource.

President and owner of Wesley Mancini Ltd., a textile design firm that is 27 years old with present contracts with:
Valdese Weavers to design the “Home Fabrics by Wesley Mancini” line of upholstery fabrics.
Classical Elements to design decorative trimmings and drapery hardware lines.
Past contracts have included:
Kravet Fabrics and Greeff for printed fabric
Joan Fabrics for woven residential and contract upholstery
Collins & Aikman and Mastercraft Fabrics Corp. for woven residential and contract upholstery, as well as velvets.
Imperial Wall Covering for wallpaper
Conso and Bomar for Decorative Trimmings
Westgate Couture to design readymade bedding lines
   Karen Williams Minimize  

Karen Williams

1979 graduate of NCSU with a BS in Textile Technology and a Concentration Study in Textile Design.
I have been in the residential woven upholstery design area for about 28 years now (boy that’s a long time)! I worked for Culp, Langenthal, and Glen Raven and freelanced for about 20 years, in various capacities: from designer to design director (and lots of hats in between!).  I formed "D2" with Brenda Sewell-Bost 8 years ago, as a textile design consulting business.  We have worked with a variety of companies; a signature line with Cone Jacquards, the Outdura outdoor fabric line for Shuford Mills, bedding collections for Burlington Industries bedding division, the Duracord Fabric line for The Hammock Source, just to name a few.
I have lived in Burlington, NC for the past 18 years.

   Brenda Sewell-Bost Minimize  

Brenda Sewell-Bost

University of Georgia BFA, Concentration - Fabric Design
Residential Upholstery Fabric Designer - 20 years:
La France Industry
Valdese Weavers
Culp Wovens

Owner / Textile Design Consultant D2, LLC - 8 years:
Burlington Bedding
Cone Decorative Fabrics
Hammock Source - Duracord
Shuford Mills - Outdura

   Catherine Morsell Minimize  

Catherine Morsell

Graduate of East Carolina University – Go Pirates!

Executive Director, International Textile Market Association (going on 10 years) which produces SHOWTIME™, the largest home furnishings textile tradeshow In the Western Hemisphere.

Prior experience:  
9 years with Covington Fabrics and a brief stent with Ellis Home Furnishings, now owned by Klaussner Furniture.

Honored to have this opportunity and work with such a stellar group of individuals.
   Meghan McLawhorn Minimize  

Meghan McLawhorn

A recent graduate from North Carolina State University's College of Textiles.  She received her BS in Textiles and Apparel Management, with a concentration in Brand Management and Marketing.

She began working with the International Textile Market Association (ITMA) as her Textiles Senior Project, with hopes of launching an informational textile website.  Shortly after graduation she became an employee with the ITMA to continue her work of researching and launching

She is currently the Director's Assistant for the ITMA, the producers of Showtime™.  Showtime, occurs twice a year, is the largest decorative event in the Western Hemisphere; where industry leaders present their latest designs to home furnishings manufacturers.

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