Fiber Artist in Oregon
Stephanie Huffman is a fiber artist currently living in Eastern Oregon. Her art incorporates knitting, felting and handspinning. Frequent themes include goddess imagery and natural landscapes. Repurposing textiles is an integral part of her creative process.
A friend taught Stephanie to crochet in 2000 and she’s been hooked on textile crafts ever since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. At this point, there is no part of the fiber art industry that Stephanie hasn’t tried. This artist thrives on learning new techniques and re-creating them in her own unique way..
Stephanie’s craft business Twilly23 was founded in 2020 after she spent several years abroad. Her sales began with handmade one-of-a-kind monster toys and bags. Later she designed and created plushies made from up-cycled sweaters. Her original knit designs can be bought through Etsy and Ravelry.
She earned her theater degree with a focus on Costume Design at Portland State University. She returned to school in Taiwan, earning her Master’s Degree in Asian Studies. Her thesis explored Taiwanese glove puppetry as a tool of soft power.
In addition to fiber art, Stephanie is a writer. Currently Stephanie is the Yarn and Needlework Contributor for Think Crafts!, online blog for craft company Create For Less.
Stephanie is also a travel writer. She co-authored her first travelogue with her partner Joshua Samuel Brown in October 2018. Formosa Moon documents their adventures exploring Taiwan. Purchase your copy of Formosa Moon here. She has also written for Taiwan Business Topics Magazine and MyTaiwanTour. Currently she is the Yarn and Needlework Contributor for Think Crafts!, online blog for craft company Create For Less. Read more about my Taiwan adventures here.
Blogger, Create For Less, Portland, Oregon, 2015-2021
Articles for Create For Less are posted on Think Crafts!, a blog featuring original designs using craft supplies sold by the company. I design original patterns and write tutorials that focus on textile crafts.
Author, Formosa Moon, 2018 (Things Asian Press)
In January, 2017, I moved to Taiwan to begin work on a co-authored travelogue / memoir about Taiwan with my partner, Lonely Planet author Joshua Samuel Brown (who had lived and worked in Taiwan previously). We spent the better part of 2017 researching Taiwan’s art, culture and history, submitting the final 80,000+ word manuscript shortly in August, 2017. The book was published the next year, and I have since been active in promoting both the book and Taiwanese culture. Purchase your copy of Formosa Moon here.
Writer, My Taiwan Tour, Taipei, Taiwan, 2018-2019
My articles for My Taiwan Tour’s online magazine Taiwan Scene focused on Taiwanese culture and local cuisine.
Taiwan Business Topics Magazine, Taipei, Taiwan, 2018-2019
I was a freelance writer for Topics Magazine. I focused on Taiwanese society and women’s issues
Writer, Voice Actress, Tainan City Government | Tainan, Taiwan
In cooperation with the Tainan City Government I wrote an audio tour for the Taiwan Prefecture City God Temple. I edited and provided voice talent for an additional four temple tours on the same project.
Designer, Creature Emporium, Portland, Oregon, 2013-2016
I designed and sold handmade knit and sewn clothing and accessories locally in Portland.
Designer, Wyrd Sisters and Friends, Portland, Oregon, 2012-2013
I designed knit wear and custom felt clothing for an independently owned, Portland based craft company. I represented the company at local craft fairs and promoted them online.
Fiber Arts Teacher, Taos, New Mexico, 2008-2012
I taught both adults and children knitting, spinning and felting at a local yarn store in Taos. In 2012, I led students and volunteers to create a large scale fiber art installation in the town plaza to coordinate with the annual Taos Wool Festival. We created large swatches of knit and crochet pieces and covered plaza posts, railing, benches, bike racks and light poles.
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2019
- Masters of Arts International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
- Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship recipient
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 2016
- Bachelor of Science Summa Cum Laude Theater Arts
- Women’s Independence Scholarship Program recipient
Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, 2017-2019
NCCU Thesis Club, Taipei, Taiwan, 2018-2019
Clackamas County Historical Society and Stevens-Crawford Heritage House, 2015-2016, Oregon City, Oregon
KBOO Community Radio, Portland, Oregon, 2014-2016