After 12 years working in a pottery studio in Iowa, Liz Spear packed her pickup, and headed off to find a new direction. She eventually landed in western North Carolina, where she studied fiber arts at Haywood Community College. "I had no idea I'd end up making clothes for a living," Liz says. She found help and inspiration through professional crafts organizations in the state, including Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. Liz weaves enough fabric for about 100 garments a year, and her work incorporates fibers made by friends. She prefers to work in solitude, but the materials made by friends provides her with what she calls "a tactile sense of community." This video was made in conjunction with Piedmont Craftsmen's 50th anniversary. I collaborated on this project with my team, Michelle Johnson and Phoebe Zerwick.