“Colorful cotton table linens have always been a part of my life. My mom says that she started collecting them out of nostalgia for her grandmother’s kitchen. They have always felt like a through-line connecting me to my mom and her family. Like the colorful tablecloths and flour sack towels of my own childhood, Alloro linens are cheerful and casual yet add a little bit of fancy, making a friendly welcoming table. I’m a printmaker and a professor. I’ve taught for Indiana University, University of Iowa and The University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. I move a lot in my life as a printmaker. Each time that I set up house in a new location I get to re-examine what objects make a new house into a home for me. Relocating time and again, I’ve learned that well made, to be well used, means home to me. I source my natural dyes and pigments from France and the linen comes from my travels in Italy. Currently, I design, print and sew all of my linens in my studio in my home town of Seattle, WA.” -Amanda Lee
CARE GUIDE: Alloro Towels
All Alloro items can be machine washed at temperatures up to 100°F / 40° C. Feel free to iron them on the reverse side of the printed design. Your piece has been pre-washed, but you might notice a small shift on the color after the first wash, this is normal.
TEXTILES | Screen-printed fabric and drawing
Penland Affiliation | Penland Instructor 2014, 2017
Artist Information | Studio artist; education: MFA Indiana University in Bloomington, BA University of Washington; teaching: Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School (WA), Utah State University, University of Georgia, University of Iowa
Artist Bio | Born in Seattle, Washington, Amanda Lee received an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington and was the recipient of the inaugural Virginia A. Myers, Visiting Artist / Visiting Assistant Professorship in Printmaking at University of Iowa.
Lee is Assistant Professor of Printmaking and area head for Utah State University, having previously spent a decade in art education at Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. Lee spent three years working mainly from a studio in Cortona, Italy while faculty for University of Georgia\’s Cortona Study Abroad Program. She has had the opportunity to present work in Scotland, Italy, and Hong Kong as well as several solo exhibitions at SG Gallery in Venice Italy and Kahilu Exhibitions Waimea Hawaii. Lee was a 2015 artist in residence for McColl Center for Art + Innovation and University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a 2018 resident at Willapa Bay AIR. She has been a visiting artist and taught workshops at Kent State University, University of Minnesota, University of Alberta, and Penland School of Craft. Lee’s work is in the collection of the State of Utah. She maintains studios in Seattle, WA and Salt Lake City, Utah.