Ashley Wernher-Collins is a fiber artist from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She studied Art History at Bowdoin College, graduating magna cum laude in 1993. During her career, she has worked on product development with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers and Cole-Haan and costume design with Portland Stage Company and Portland Ballet Company.
Ashley’s experience includes weaving, knitting, felting, printing, and pattern drafting. Through textile development and garment construction she explores relationships of pattern, color, texture, and form. Her inspiration comes from natural and architectural environments, materials, relationships of opposites, spirituality, and personal ways of being.
Her current work focuses on designing garments that are a response to an individual’s emotional and physical identity. Her goal is to help people define and present themselves through garments that are specifically designed for who they are. Her philosophy is, “We all have the potential to live proudly as ourselves.”