The art of weaving has a rich history at Berry College and one student enterprise is capitalizing on the craft for profit.
When women students began working at Berry, they were only able to work as weavers. At the time, weaving was a necessary skill for women to have living in rural Appalachia because most of their clothing was woven. Over time, however, the craft of weaving became unnecessary and the program was discontinued. That is, until, Viking Creations was established under the umbrella of the Student Enterprises and weaving was re-introduced to Berry.
Viking Creations not only honors the history of the college, but also strives to be a successful, self-perpetuating business. Jo-Marie Karst, an art instructor from North Georgia College and State University, was invited recently to teach her method of weaving to the student workers. Techniques that Karst taught will lay the foundation for current students, and those students in turn will teach her methods to future employees.
"It has been amazing working for Viking Creations because I am able to learn about a fading art form, weaving, from some remarkable alumni who have years of weaving experience," said Amanda Marbut, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, is the CEO of Viking Creations and has enjoyed her time working at the student enterprise.
"Viking Creations gives students the opportunity to learn business skills while preserving a wonderful Berry tradition." Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Photographers Blake Childers and Alyssa Hollingsworth