Jude Stuecker
I grew up with parents who loved arts and creativity.  When they hosted a traveling puppeteer who came through our town, I learned to sew.  Through middle and highschool, I worked on larger projects, making my own clothes and experimenting with art quilts.  I moved from Louisville to Asheville to attend Warren Wilson College, graduating with a Global Studies degree in 1998.  After two years of teaching, I moved to New Mexico to study with the same woman who taught me to sew -- the traveling puppeteer.  She and her husband showed me the ropes of how to make a living making art.  I returned to Asheville and began my business in 2001, taking several classes at Penland School of Craft along the way. 
I love making clothes in my home studio.  I dye, print, and sew everything here, with the help of one wonderful assistant.  I am most influenced by children's book illustrations, by India and Mexico, and by the natural world that surrounds our Appalachian mountains.