Amanda Thatch is a textile, book, and paper artist. She received her MFA in Design Studies/Textiles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021 and a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. Amanda is interested in exploring art-making and language use as linked, embodied practices; her work focuses on the crossovers between words and weaving as both structure and material. Amanda learned to weave while a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, where she later served as the studio coordinator for textiles and drawing/painting. She has spent time as a resident artist at Art Farm in Nebraska, an intern at Women’s Studio Workshop in Upstate New York, an Allesee Fellow aboard Artrain USA, and a Research Fellow at Winterthur Library in Delaware. She has taught and assisted textile classes at Arrowmont School of Crafts, Penland, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School, and has been a visiting artist at several colleges and universities. Her work has been shown at the Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln, NE, Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, Studio Fusion Gallery in London, England, and around Metro Detroit.