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 Indiean 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 specialities are rugs, tapestries, wall hangings and memorial weavings. Their work can be found from New York to Florida in homes, galleries, banks and even a congressional office.
They have received numerous grants from the NC State Department of Culture Resources including support for a one woman show of Emily’s work titled Looming Indentity which explored the symbolism of fiber in identity. Their work has been featured in Southern Living and Handwoven magazines.
In addition, Emily and Victoria are renowned throughout the Southeastern U.S. for their school and community weaving residencies which capture “time in a tapestry”. Their unique approach to “story telling” through tapestry making has been noted by local news media everwhere they have appeared.