Who's Who



Below are a list of the people and businesses who can be found at The Asheville Cotton Mill Studios. Press on the links in their bios for more information.


the asheville guitar bar

Located on the first floor of the Historic Cotton Mill Studios, The Asheville Guitar Bar is an intimate music venue for musicians to play, network and compose. 

They are open daily from 5pm - 10pm. 

For a schedule of performances please visit them on Facebook.


andy herod

Andy is a self taught illustrator, painter and print-maker from the USA. He's fueled by coffee and the promise of great adventure. His studio is located on the second floor.

For more information about Andy please visit his website.

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Sugarcane Sewing Studio

Sugarcane Studios celebrates the art of sewing and the excellence of custom-made clothing.  We are Asheville's go-to shop for custom clothing and specialty alterations. Whether you need bridal alterations (our specialty), a one-of-a-kind dress, a copy of a favorite garment, or anything else you can think of, we can do it!  Please visit our website to link to our 5-star reviews.  Owner, Tara Nyanga, is a native Ashevillian who spent 15 years working in New York City making high-end costumes on Broadway, at the Metropolitan Opera, and on various TV shows and films.  She has experience in all types of clothing, personalities, and body types.  Her costume career helps her think outside the box...the more creative, the better!  We work by appointment only, but also have a retail area open 6 days/week that has some of our own hand-sewn products such as robes, bridal accessories, bow ties, embroidered gifts/jewelry, and more!  And because we have been sewing for most of our lives, we believe nice tools make a sewist's process better.  So, we also carry a small selection of unique, high-quality gifts for the person in your life who sews...especially if that is you!  Book a fitting or an appointment now using our website's booking button!  We look forward to working with you! 



Kathryn June Amorastreya, also known as “Ka”

Kathryn June Amorastreya, also known as “Ka”, was born and raised in the high plains of West Texas, where the bleak landscape allowed her imagination to run wild.  She was always finding ways to creatively express herself from a young age. Her passion and purpose was ignited when she began studying healing arts, where she discovered the power of healing, and the beauty in helping people improve their quality of life. She worked as a massage therapist for ten years, and sought ways to incorporate this love for healing into her artistic expressions. She began working with natural elements, merging animal medicines and earthen treasures into ceremonial tools, costume and adornment. Picking up the brush and palette for the first time at the age of 22, Ka realized that she had a profound gift.  As she taught herself to paint, she began to unveil powerful visions, creating her own unique homage to beauty. Meanwhile, she developed her expressive talents in the performance arts, by studying and performing martial arts, belly dance, fire dance, and ballet.  Ka embarked on a monumental journey as she constructed her exquisite, white wings and feathered regalia, then took flight as an international performing artist. She now resides in Asheville, recently transplanted from San Francisco, where she continues painting, dancing, creating as much beauty in the world as possible. She has danced and offered her art at events, festivals, and galleries internationally since 2002. Ka is also a founding director of the Visionary Arts Foundation and the Visionary Arts Academy. Her work has been featured in a number of main stream publications, including US Elle magazine, Paris Vogue magazine, and The Rolling Stone online magazine.

Ka is also a founding director of the Visionary Arts Foundation and the Visionary Arts Academy, and currently serves on the River Arts District Artists board of directors. To view more of Ka's work, please visit her website, www.serpentfeathers.com, and come see the Serpentfeathers gallery and studio in the Cotton Mill Studios building in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

Ka’s mission is to create and embody a loving reflection that gazes back into the heart of humanity, illuminating the beauty within the beholder. She hopes her art will remind us all of our innate ability to love and heal ourselves, each other, and our world, while inspiring us to create the beauty we wish to see, so that we may walk in Heaven while our feet still touch the Earth.


Luxe House Photographic

AKA René Treece Roberts is a fine art and portrait photographer. Her works surpass the notion of past, present, and future and capture the timeless qualities of emotional depth and classical beauty. She specializes in one of a kind children’s portraiture and fine art printing. Robert’s digs deep into our Appalachian landscape to document and bring to life a world that's laden in nature’s texture, natural yet atmospheric lighting, and other worldly character depth. She has most recently traveled to England, Scotland, and Cuba to work on her photographic dreams. 

See gallery of her work here: http://www.luxehousephotographic.com

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Kizmet Yogawear

Kizmet Yogawear is a High quality Eco-Hybrid clothing line featuring inspired art for the Mind/Body conscious yogi in us all - ladies & mens. I am a one woman operation with all clothing production & original artwork done in my Asheville art studio using planet friendly process. These are the beautiful fabrics you will find in my collection: Blends of Organic Cotton, Spandex, Bamboo fiber & vintage silk sari’s USA made. My designs come from inspirations surrounding us all by combining truths and symbolism from different philosophies & cultures then injecting color. Namaste` 

Mollie Mercer




Welcome! My name is Chris Heagney and I'm the founder of Daidala Ciders. (pronounced "dye-dah-luh") Daidala is a small-batch cider company based in Asheville, North Carolina. Our company is nomadic, which means we collaborate with other producers to create rare and unconventional ciders. We design (and indulge in!) experimental and traditional styles of cider while constantly seeking influence from other industries and cultures. Our name stems from Daedalus, a craftsman and artist from Greek mythology. In ancient Greece, the word "daidala" referred to an object of fine design. With every batch of our cider, we strive to meet this standard of quality and creativity. Come by for a tasting in The Andy Herod Gallery at The Historic Cotton Mill Studios and visit our website, www.daidalaciders.com.


The Taylor Gallery

The Taylor Gallery is a work-space, exhibition hall, marketing support and an event/performance venue for WNC’s arts community.

Phone: 828-423-6694

Email: info@the-taylor-gallery.com

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erin adams photography

Erin Adams Photography provides imagery for commercial and editorial clients with a focus on food and lifestyle. She contributes to local publications including WNC Magazine, Our State, and Edible Asheville Magazine, along with others outside of the region. Erin is commissioned by local restaurants and businesses to create content for thier websites, catalogs, and marketing.  To view more of her work, book your next project, or see what she's been up to, please visit erinadamsphotography.com

Queen mum studio

Michelle and Terri are the duo behind Queen Mum Studio which is a special event space and natural light photography studio with vintage furnishings and rental photo props. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, intimate celebrations, corporate retreats, yoga workshops, and community gatherings.