My name is Kristen Alanah Elrod and I am the maker behind Alanah Textiles. The name Alanah means beauty and serenity, two aspects that I hope you experience when you encounter my work.
I grew up on a farm just outside of Athens, Georgia. I've been working with my hands since I was little, and it is in doing so that I find fulfillment. Although I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design for two years, I ended up back in Athens and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Fabric Design.
My love of textile design stems from my appreciation of the process. All fabrics are hand-dyed using plant, mineral, or fiber-reactive dyes. I find that I am most satisfied when I'm elbow deep in a vat of indigo dye making magic, despite having blue hands for days to come. The joy for me comes when I am unwrapping the fabric to discover the pattern that the dye created and being surprised with each and every piece.
While making is exciting for me, I also find immense fulfillment in serving. However, I know enough about myself to know that I need to be using my hands to do so, which is why I am also a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga instructor.
To read more about the massage and yoga side of things or to find out where I am teaching yoga classes locally, check out Alanah Massage + Yoga.
I currently live in Greenville, South Carolina with my husband, Jeremy, and our two dogs, Charlie and Marley. When I have downtime, you'll find me reading books and listening to podcasts that make me a better person and business owner, trying new teas, cooking, naively traveling the world (and learning from my mistakes along the way), and dabbling in other art stuff.