Allison Volek Shelton

Founder / Creative Director

Allison has been weaving for nearly 10 years now. She was first introduced to fiber arts in college at Tennessee Tech and instantly fell in love. She bought her first loom 5 years ago and founded Shutters & Shuttles shortly after. Last year she won an International design competition which took her to Wales to meet Prince Charles. Early this year she helped found TN Textile Mill with her business partner Jerry Faraino. She loves the repetition of weaving and is constantly looking for new techniques and patterns to experiment with.




Jerry just recently moved to Nashville from Birmingham and has spent the last 27 years as a serial entrepreneur. The majority of that time was spent running a medical device distributorship that was sold to St. Jude Medical several years ago. 

He also has experience in commercial real estate development and the food service industry. He brings extensive start-up experience and is excited to be leading the growth of TN Textile Mill, along with his partner and founder, Allison Volek Shelton


Charlie Waddle

studio manager / Production Assistant

Charlie first learned how to weave when she interned for Shutters & Shuttles. She recently graduated from UT Knoxville with a degree in sculpture after which she moved to Nashville to work full time for the new textile mill. She loves learning new techniques on the loom and is excited to see where weaving takes her.