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B. Michele Maynard


Michele was born to a pair of Southerners who moved her to Honolulu when she was nine. Her love of color and pattern and the outdoors took root there.

Back on the Mainland in time for college, Michele earned a BFA from Georgia State University and worked as a whitewater canoe instructor for the outdoor program at the school. She obtained an MFA from the University of Michigan in 1980 and applied for one thing upon graduation-- a year residency at Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. She got it and stayed on as faculty for a few years in the Fiber arts department. With a good career run in Oregon, work purchased for public and private collections, commissions public and private, and acceptance into state art museum biennials, she decided to leave town. Not before casually executing a few designs for a friend's t shirt company, Fabric Art , Inc. The business really took off and Michele was one of the principal designers for ten years, long distance from the East coast.

In 1989, while teaching at the Penland School of Crafts, Michele met her husband, and, consequently, moved to Chapel Hill. The birth of three boys in five years took a little wind out of her sails. She still managed to show now and then, and also continued to do design work such as illustrations for Whole Foods Market's private label , a campaign for World Wildlife Fund Canada, and a short gig with Vietri, Inc. With her children grown, she is back in the studio for longer stretches of time, where she concentrates on painting and textile collage.

Michele was a founding member of FRANK, Chapel Hill's downtown artist's collective, which opened in April 2010. She still exhibits in the gallery.