Kate Sarah Mitchell was the Artist Fellow in Textiles and Surface Design at Peters Valley in 2016 and 2017. Before Peters Valley, she lived in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where she worked in capacity building and skill development with six women’s textile cooperatives in the rural Andes Mountains, coordinating the work of 4-6 visiting designers from the US and Europe, integrating their designs with the local production teams for the fair-trade market. Mitchell makes her home in the Hudson Valley of New York. She was the first executive director at Fall Kill Creative Works, with 4 craft studios (textiles, clay, print, storytelling) serving Poughkeepsie NY and the mid-Hudson Valley. She balances her work in craft with work in nonprofit management, with stints at Clearwater, the Bardavon, the Roosevelt Presidential Library, and at Yarn Swift, her own yarn shop and studio. An environmental and community activist, she focuses on traditional textile processes, handcraft, and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited in shows in New York City, Poughkeepsie, and Woodstock, NY and Layton NJ. She currently serves as executive director at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and lives in Saugerties NY.