photo courtesy of Heather Payne Photography. 

photo courtesy of Heather Payne Photography

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.

I'd love to connect with you! Find me on Instagram @alanahtextiles@alanah_massage_yoga and @_kristenalanah (personal account) or shoot me an email!