Cara May

Cara May Knits

"Creativity and beauty are vital parts of our lives. Natural, raw beauty touches our souls in rare and magical ways and transforms us and our world. It is essential to our very cores. "

Knitting is increasingly intuitive to Cara May as she has grown beyond the tendency to pursue "perfection" in the craft. Cursing mistakes and unraveling hours of work has morphed into being intrigued by the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic and the opportunities of fortunate accidents. She finds peace and joy in that space, quietly crossing barriers between fashion, craft, and art.

Small batch, artisanal production—Cara May's pieces are understated natural fiber creations. The subtlety of each piece belies its unique textures, remarkable fibers, and sculptural shapes. May often includes silk-wrapped stainless steel, lending a crumpled memory to her fabrics. Asymmetrical and artsy, offbeat yet subtle—these are simple pieces that don't scream, but rather shine out in their effortlessness.

May is a self-taught machine knitter and was juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2012. She works in a studio in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina. She was honored to be included in her first American Craft Council show in 2016.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Project Handmade, Asheville, NC, Diana Wortham Theater, 2014
Art To Wear, Franklin, TN, The Factory, 2015