Helen Hickman wove for many years and worked with Dorland Bell/Warren Wilson College. A note at the end of her papers reads "We are close to Moore General Hosital for wounded soldiers. I could help there if needed. Could give two or three afternoons a week through the school year. Or soldiers able to come here, could be taught in groups of six or eight coming twice a week. We tried a craft project there for awhile last year, but were none too cordially welcomed by the Red Cross workers. We are also close to Oteen, Veterans Bureau Hospital." Questionnaires like this one were the raw data for the exploratory study of the Craft Education Project, a joint undertaking by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild and the Southern Highlanders. Marian Heard was hired to oversee the planning phase that involved visiting artists and determining the needs of the craftworkers. Her results, often referred to as "The Heard Report," were published as the "Report of an exploratory study looking toward a craft education project...." The preliminary project led to an educational program funded by the General Education Board.