The art of weaving runs deep in the roots of the Hyatt family. When she was eighteen years old, Emily Hyatt learned to weave from an instructor on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. She passed her love of weaving to her daughter, Victoria Hyatt Sowers who has been weaving since she was eight years old.
Since 1998, Emily and Victoria have been known professionally as Sandy Creek Weavers. On historic utilitarian looms they create contemporary works of art. Their specialties are rugs, tapestries, wall hangings and memorial weavings. Their work can be found from New York to Florida in homes, galleries, banks, even a congressional office.
Emily and Victoria are renowned throughout the Southeastern U.S. for their school and community hands on weaving residencies which “capture time in a tapestry”. The residency is their unique approach to “story telling” through tapestry making on a 200 year old antique floor loom the same way boys and girls and adults their age wove on the same loom 200 years ago.
“The overarching goal of the residency is to keep alive an ancient art form and help students and adults make connections with weaving through art, math, history, language arts, social studies and craftsmanship” All will bring a personal item to weave into the large tapestry called “A Fabric Time Capsule” representing who they are this time in their life which is left on permanent display.
They have received numerous grants from the NC State Department of Cultural Resources including support for a one woman show of Emily’s work titled Looming Identity which explored the symbolism of fiber in identity. Their work has been featured in Southern Living and Handwoven magazines.