Catharine Ellis has been making textiles for over 50 years. Her personal work combines both weaving and dyeing. She ran the Professional Crafts Fiber Program at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC for 30 years. She has since turned her focus to natural dyeing and developing processes by which natural sources can be used efficiently and effectively in her own work and in the teaching of other textile artisans.
Catharine is the author of Woven Shibori, (Interweave Press, 2005, 2015) and The Art and Science of Natural Dyes (Schiffer Press, 2019) with co-author Joy Boutrup, Danish textile chemist and engineer. Her work has been exhibited in venues worldwide and she has taught internationally. Catharine’s current “Garden Series” utilizes plant dyes harvested from her garden.