Wendy had a hard time deciding whether to study music, costume design or art in college so she just kind of did all three. She took weaving classes at Penland School of Crafts, got a degree in Theater at UNC-Charlotte and then studied interdisciplinary performing arts at the Naropa Institute in Boulder Co.
After graduating, she moved to San Francisco with a bunch of cool musicians and dancers with whom she moved into a warehouse and put on shows. Soon after arriving, she joined the El Camino Cha Cha Orchestra and started Miss Fitt and Co as a general free-lance clothing and accessory design company. In 2003 she started specializing in felt hats when a local hat store owner spotted one she had made in college and asked her to design a line for her store.
Around the same time as the birth of Miss Fitt, she met and started making music with Scott Solter. Two years later they married and he moved his recording studio into the warehouse next to the Miss Fitt studio. In 2000 Wendy joined The Court and Spark and started playing with other locals musicians like Paula Frazer. She and Scott have a project called Boxharp that will put out a second album this coming year. You can listen to that and other projects they have contributed to here.
In 2006 Scott and Wendy decided to try country living for a while and moved to semi-rural North Carolina. They bought a much added onto cottage, known as The Rambles, on 4 acres of trees surrounded by fields of soybeans, corn, wheat, cows, chickens and lots and lots of birds. They converted a large den and a two story garage into a recording studio with room for bands and artists to come and stay while they working with Wendy and Scott.
***Update*** July 2012 – Miss Fitt has relocated to the heart of fantastic Durham, NC! When I’m not hard at work making up for lost time in the move, I’m soaking up the great food and culture available in the Triangle area. Woohoo!