Emily Manalo Ruiz is an Asheville-based artist, copywriter and native of Charleston, SC. After receiving her BFA in Painting and Art History in 2002 from the University of South Carolina, she taught in arts enrichment programs in Charleston and Philadelphia. In addition, Ruiz has worked for the Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands as well as Allan Stone Gallery in NY. In 2011, Ruiz received her Fashion Studies certificate from Moore College of Art & Design, acquiring the skills that enabled her foray into textile art.