I am a textile artist & technical fashion designer in North Carolina.  I specialize in helping new and existing garment businesses get off the ground with patterns + samples, and consultation + advice about getting into production, with an emphasis on local, ethical, and environmental production practices.

If you are interested in my services, please send me a detailed description of your business, including where and how you need help from me. This will help me understand if I am qualified and available to help you. 

Follow the CONTACT link under the ABOUT header, or email me at:  annftilley@gmail.com


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


2021 Annual Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts ~ Gatlinburg, TN ("Be With Me (In Quarantine)")

2019 Greenhill Winter Show, Greenhill Gallery ~ Greensboro, NC (Tiny houses + "Underground Bunker", "Backyard Landscape")

2019 Visual Index Gallery Shop ~ Winston-Salem, NC (Rotation selection of tiny houses, beaded portraits + pillows)

2018 Soft Goods, Visual Art Exchange ~ Raleigh, NC (Group fiber arts show, featuring large-scale "BORED")

2018 Winter Community Art Show, The Carrack ~ Durham, NC (Group show featuring "Backyard Landscape")

2017 The TVs Always On, Camino Bakery ~ Winston-Salem, NC (Featured artist for the month of October)

2017 Cut & Dyed, Center for Visual Artists ~ Greensboro, NC (Group fiber arts show)

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 Common Goods, Visual Art Exchange ~ Raleigh, NC (Group show featuring "Side By Side" + "Hand In Hand")
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
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)


2021 Textiles Teacher, Quilting in Appalachia (Quilting basics), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts ~ Gatlinburg, TN

2021 Textiles Teacher, Pants Party! (Garment design + construction), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts ~ Gatlinburg, TN

2017-present Textile Shop Mentor, Forge Makerspace ~ Greensboro, NC (Host weekly Mend-It Nights for the public, teaching basic sewing skills + how to mend your own clothes. Mentor members with sewing + textile projects.)

2018 Assistant Teacher, Trash To Treasure (with Julia Gartrell), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts ~ Gatlinburg, TN

2018 Studio Assistant, Intuitive Geometries (with Martha Clippinger), Penland School of Arts and Crafts ~ Penland, NC

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 Regional Artist Projects Grant recipient ~ ArtsGreensboro, NC

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)


2016-2018 Co-Founder/Designer/Pattern-maker, Ann & Anne, LLC ~ Greensboro, NC (Co-ran a two-women, US-made clothing line, focusing on high-quality, digitally-printed fabrics, and made-to-order model.)

2012-present Designer/Pattern-maker/Sample-maker/Sewist/Stylist, Ann Tilley Handmade ~ Julian, NC (Run a one-woman clothing line, custom-fit, made-to-order. Make custom clothing for select clients, style artists + performers, help other entrepreneurs prototype garments + soft products.)
2015-2018 On-Site Tailor, Ink Productions ~ Greensboro, NC (Assist wardrobe with providing on-site alterations for large-scale fashion industry photoshoots.)
2014-2021 Sewist, Cutter + Dye Studio Lead, Gaia Conceptions ~ Greensboro, NC (Production knitwear team member for a small, organic clothing line + oversee dying of all garments using natural and synthetic dyes.)
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.)
2009-2010 Sewing Director, Hands On 3rd ~ Los Angeles, CA
2005 Atelier Assistant, Manuel Clothier ~ Nashville, TN (Suit rhinestoner and hand-finisher to the country stars)

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