In the 1970s, while completing her BA at Berea College, Vallorie Henderson worked as a weaver in the College’s student labor program. She then completed an MFA in Fibers at Miami University.
After graduate school, Vallorie worked in textile conservation and restoration with a variety of museums and private collectors. In 1997 she left museum administration to pursue her own art full time and became involved with feltmaking.
Vallorie has continued to pursue her textile work, but has also worked with the Kentucky Arts Council as business development director and currently works with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center in Louisville as a management consultant.
Vallorie Henderson creates complex fiber pieces that are inspired by the natural world around her. She says of her work, “With each new piece I create, I strive to showcase not only the beautiful richness and texture of the fibers, but their amazing light reflective qualities a well. I want each work to be a true celebration of the wonderfully diverse qualities of the chosen fabrics.”
Vallorie’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.