The majority of the 100 students working here at Student Craft will go on to pursue in careers representing the wide variety of liberal arts majors Berea offers. What they all have in common is the opportunity to thrive within the college’s labor program as they pursue their individual area of study. Learn more about students Elaine, Ellen, and Katie and how their experience at Student Craft has helped to support their success.
For many of our students, involvement with Student Craft is their first time formally exploring art, craft, and design—an example of the unique opportunities that are part of the Berea College experience.
Through these explorations and many others like them within Berea College’s Labor Program, we expand the learning opportunities of a liberal arts education beyond the lessons in the classroom. These experiences directly support the professional goals our students are pursuing and pave the way toward a future avocation nurturing and supporting the arts. We hope you enjoy this new format and get to know Student Craft a little more through the stories we share.
Dawn and Dusk Placemats and Table Runner
Co-designed by Dani and Dylan ’25 two students with differing interests and skill sets, these placemats celebrate technical discovery and the beauty of long summer days. Dani 25’ works as a camp counselor every summer and has been inspired by images she’s taken of dramatic summer sunsets. Dylan 25’ is eager to learn as much about the craft of weaving as possible, focusing on color blending and structure for this project. Together they developed overlapping spectrums of colors to represent the rising and setting of the summer
A celebration of our 7th Great Commitment to Supportive and Sustainable Living.
12” W x 15”L
Brushy Fork Tote
Designed by student Merlyn ’23 the Brushy Fork Tote is woven using six pairs of colors, all of which were chosen to reflect the colors you might see while out walking the trails during various times of the year. The weaver gets to choose, within set parameters, which color to use and how long they want to use it before switching colors. This design makes each tote bag unique, and each weaving experience an act of creation, not just pure production. Merlyn wanted to make something that would be consistently fun and engaging to weave; no one wants to be bored at the loom.
The weave structure itself is inspired by vines and the exposed root structures of the trees that are visible by the water. The straps are dyed using a natural dye made of black walnuts gathered from Brushy Fork, which is a creek that runs through a natural area adjacent to campus. This allowed us to incorporate a very real part of the forest into the bag.