I am a textile artist & seamstress from North Carolina.            

I make art obsessively, I sew for a living, and I find my true passion in life when I'm making things with my hands.

*  I am currently unavailable to take on any new clients at this time.
*  If you are interested in consulting with me about a clothing line, I can offer phone or in-person advice for $25 per half-hour. Please email to set up a time:  annftilley@gmail.com
*  I am currently working on a workshop for textile-based entrepreneurs, to learn more about the industry and/or make connections with people that can help them with their project. Sign up here to stay updated on this idea.

EDUCATION:


2008  Savannah College of Art & Design ~ Savannah, GA (BFA Fashion & Fibers)
2004  Durham School of the Arts ~ Durham, NC


WORK EXPERIENCE:


2012-present  Pattern-maker/Sample-maker/Seamstress, Ann Tilley Handmade ~ Julian, NC (Run a one-woman clothing line, custom-fit, made-to-order. Make custom clothing for hire, help other entrepreneurs prototype garments + soft products.)
2015-presentOn-Site Seamstress, Ink Productions ~ Greensboro, NC (Assist wardrobe with providing on-site alterations for large-scale fashion industry photoshoots.)
2014-present  Seamstress, Gaia Conceptions ~ Greensboro, NC (Production knitwear sewer for small, organic clothing line.)
2013-2014  Guest Artist & TA, Durham School of the Arts ~ Durham, NC. Led a 4-week fashion unit program with Media & Design classes, exploring fabric printing techniques and basic clothing construction
2010-2012  Lead Sample-maker & Assistant Pattern-maker, Raleigh Denim ~ Raleigh, NC (Managed technical development of all prototype garments, working with and assisting Lead Pattern-maker. Sewed all samples for each fashion season. Assisted production floor.)
2011-2014  Upholstery Specialist. Skram Furniture ~ Burlington, NC
2011-2013  Upholstery Specialist. Touch America ~ Hillsborough, NC
2009-2010  Sewing Director, Hands On 3rd ~ Los Angeles, CA
2008-2009  Balloonist, Balloon Celebrations ~ Los Angeles, CA
2005  Atelier Assistant, Manuel Clothier ~ Nashville, TN (Suit rhinestoner and hand-finisher to the country stars)


GRANTS/AWARDS/EXHIBITIONS:


2016  Hammered//Enamored: The Art of Ann Tilley, Runaway Store + Gallery ~ Durham, NC (Solo art show featuring latest machine-knit art, including large-scale "BORED".)
2015  Pop-Up Artist In Residency ~ Greensboro, NC (Set-up temporary knitting studio in ArtQuest. Interacted with kids and adults with my artist practice + other fiber arts activities.)
2015  Common Goods, Visual Art Exchange ~ Raleigh, NC (Group show featuring "Side By Side" + "Hand In Hand")
2015  Regional Artist Projects Grant recipient ~ ArtsGreensboro, NC
2015  Greenhill Center: The Shop ~ Greensboro, NC (Beaded portraits on display in front shop)
2015  Winter Community Art Show, The Carrack ~ Durham, NC (Group show featuring "Bored (backwards)")
2014  Love Signs, Carrack Modern Art ~ Durham, NC (Dual art show featuring Knitted Text Series)
2014  Hand In Hand, Stash Collective ~ Harrisburg, PA (Solo show)
2014  Lilac Shadows' No Dark/ No Light: A Collaborative Multimedia Exhibit, The Carrack ~ Durham, NC (Group show featuring "Full-On Meltdown") 
2014  Contemporary South, Visual Art Exchange ~ Raleigh, NC (Group show featuring "Ain't That Some Shit!")
2013  Love Signs, The Green Bean ~ Greensboro, NC (Dual art show featuring Knitted Text Series and beaded portraits)
2012  Lead Sample Maker. Raleigh Denim, New York Fashion Week ~ NYC, NY
2010  Artist-in-Residence, Hands On 3rd ~ Los Angeles, CA (Set-up and designed temporary work space in store front, working on quilts during store hours for 2 months)
2009  Barn Party, Garage Mahal ~ Durham, NC (Dual art show featuring fiber masks and mixed media paintings)
2008  Durty Durham Art Collective ~ Durham, NC (Co-founder of group focused on organizing art shows and creating studio space to promote local community artists)
2007  Vernissage ,SCAD-Lacoste ~ Lacoste, France (Printmaking featured in end-of-quarter art show)
2006  Honorable Mention, CFDA National Scholarship Competition ~ NYC, NY (Based on a 10-15 piece fashion illustration collection)


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