Nestled amidst the cotton fields of America’s Deep South, Andalusia, Alabama, has a long history of textile manufacturing, which it is reviving with the help of AIR Artists. Artists are invited to apply for a residency to design fabrics, clothing, and accessories or to explore product and fashion photography. Andalusia is a welcoming stopping point for the thousands of tourists en route to and from the beaches of Florida and Alabama.
AIR Andalusia Advisors
Linda Charlene Moore, Community Classes Coordinator
Linda Moore was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Andalusia, Alabama. Linda earned her BSED at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, 1981, and her MARE at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, 1985. Linda spent most of her adult life away from Andalusia teaching, working with at-risk students, and supervising caregivers for the IDD population. She moved back to Andalusia in 2019 to help her aging father. She now helps drop-out students obtain their high school diplomas. She has one adult son, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Linda began doing needlework in elementary school. She learned the basics from her grandmother, mother, high school home economics and art teachers. Furthermore, she has self-taught most of the stitches she currently uses. She is accomplished with sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, gingham embroidery/chicken scratch, cut-work embroidery, candle-wicking embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and cro-tatting. Linda rarely uses patterns and loves to design cro-tatted baby outfits for infants. Along with needlework, Linda plays the piano and stays active in the community through her church, the Civitan Club, the Covington County Veterans Foundation, the Historical Society, and the many recreational events that the City of Andalusia offers. She is looking forward to teaching needlework and assisting at Andalusia’s New Cotton Street Gallery.
Vicky Tiel, Artistic Advisor
Vicky Tiel is a unique phenomenon in the international world of fashion. She began designing clothes in the 1960s and is perhaps the only American to have operated her own fashion design business in Paris consistently over that time, lasting longer than many of her French contemporaries. Vicky is known for designing the miniskirt and her signature wrap dress, designed to make women look and feel great in their curves. Her clothes have been sold exclusively in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus for several decades and have been worn by everyone from her old friend Elizabeth Taylor to Goldie Hawn, Halle Berry, and Kim Kardashian. Vicky recently published The Absolute Woman: It’s All About Feminine Power. Visit vickytiel.com to learn more.
Roger Powell, Community Representative
Roger Powell is an Andalusia, Alabama, native with a long-time interest in the visual and performing arts. Having drawn and painted from an early age, he is primarily self-taught. For over forty years, he has created custom architectural portraits in watercolor, with some 500 commissioned pieces of churches, homes, and buildings hanging throughout the Southeast. Roger has also been active locally in the performing arts. He is a charter member of Andalusia Community Theatre (AT I) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Andalusia Ballet and the Lower Alabama Arts Coalition. In addition, he and his wife, Cathy, have performed in and directed plays and musicals, including Annie and a recent production of Mamma Mia!. Roger served as the Circuit and District Court Clerk of Covington County for 24 years before retiring.
Frank Henderson, Advisor
Frank Henderson is president of Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc., one of the largest family-owned distributors of industrial sewing machines, sewing machine parts, and associated products in the world. Frank has more than four decades of experience in the textile and sewn products industries. He has held a wide variety of industry, community, and national positions including chairman of SPESA, president of the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Foundation, member of the Covington County Economic Development Commission Board, and president of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce and has been named to Who’s Who in U.S. Executives. Frank earned his degree from Auburn University’s Department of Textile Engineering.