Adawehi goes greener with functional art from reclaimed fabrics

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, November 30, 2010

There is a new group of fabric artists in town known as the Adawehi Creative Materials Team. The team creates unique rugs, wall hangings, hats and commissioned pieces in support of the Adawehi Intentional Community in Columbus. They bring their creativity through the innovative reuse and transformation of reclaimed and recycled fabrics.

The five-member artisan team includes Janet Orselli, also known for her installation art constructed from found objects. Orselli said her satisfaction comes from transforming rags into beautiful and practical items.

Linda Powell, describing how the team crochets items from sheets and tee shirts that might have been headed for the landfill, had this to say: We not only recycle, we upcycle! Powell, a music teacher, also teaches the use of music as a therapeutic tool.

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I enjoy blending colors to create one-of-a-kind hats, said Dot Pearce, another team member who also creates glass art and facilitates creativity in occupational therapy settings.

The Adawehi Creative Materials Team has introduced various crocheted items in several locations throughout the area, including Local Color in Brevard; Kathleens in Tryon; Parkers Place in Landrum; Blue Mountain Deli in the Hendersonville Community Co-op; and Unique Boutique in the Adawehi Institute building.

For more information on the handmade items, call Janet Orselli at 828-899-0821. Visit for more information on the Adawehi community.