A lifelong arts and crafts enthusiast, Debbie Hummer moved to Western North Carolina several years ago looking for the inspiring mountain beauty and a thriving arts community that were hard to find in the cold, sterile concrete jungles of the northeast.
Debbie quickly fell in love with the area while visiting close friends. “There is a great, laid-back feel to the Asheville area, it reminds us of all our favorite places we have visited: Unique, quirky boutique shops run by unique, quirky, and overwhelmingly lovely people. It was difficult for us not to live here,” Debbie explains.
Debbie has been creating Kumihimo jewelry (the art of Japanese braiding) for several years, inspired by all the local flavor that she has come to love. Her work has been praised by experts, she has sold numerous pieces to private collectors and through local art galleries.