Hillary Waters Fayle received a MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA from Buffalo State College. She is an Assistant Professor and directs the fiber program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has previously taught at Penland School of Craft (NC), the Mediterranean Art & Design Program,(Italy), and Yasar University (Turkey). Waters Fayle works with rich handicraft traditions, using them in collaboration with found botanical and organic material. Piercing and stitching, both ruthless and tender, she enacts on objects of the natural world a process symbolic of our relationship with it. Close observation of this work is rewarded with the experience of meticulous, intricate beauty.