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Knoxville, known as Maker City, named No. 2 in US for crafters

Siobian Jones has worked on cutting-edge stage productions all over the country, and it took moving to Knoxville to feel like she finally found her creative home.

“This is the first time in my artistic path that I’ve actually felt fulfilled,” Jones told Knox News.

After working with Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas, stage productions in Chicago and Utah, and with other theaters across the country as a custom wig artist and hairstylist, Jones returned to Knoxville three years ago. The Maker City is getting national attention because of her work and the design contributions from so many others.

Design Bundles recently named Knoxville as the No. 2 city in the country for crafting, thanks in part to a strong arts and crafts community.

But what makes Knoxville the place to be for people like Jones?

Siobian Jones, owner of The Mighty Wig, works with the structural wire she uses to build wigs.

Networking, support and a determination to make Knoxville a better place for artists.

Artists lifting artists

When theaters shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, Jones, 39, invested her money into launching The Mighty Wig. She builds custom and artistic wigs and does repairs. It’s a labor of love because a fully hand-tied wig can take around 200 hours to build.

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