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2015 New Members on TAFA, October – December: Mixed Media, Embroidery and More!

TAFA’s membership is currently at 542, (representing 44 countries!) with a core focus on studio artists from around the world. But, we also welcome other organizations, retailers, galleries, museums, schools, and any business working with handmade textiles and fiber art. We do have a selection process, looking for quality, a professional presentation, and we have a bias towards those whose work contribute to making the world a better place (eco-products, recycled, small fiber farms and so on).

If you are interested in joining TAFA, find information on our Membership Page. As you can see from this feature, we are diverse! Visit our Member Directory for an alphabetical list or TAFA Members for a visual portfolio of the profiles. It changes daily, so check back often for new inspiration!

Click on the titles or images to visit the profiles.

There you will find each member’s links and more information about what they do.

 

 

Kristin Shields Art

Oregon artist, Kristin Shields, is a prolific quilt artist inspired by color, birds and animals. Her Master’s degree in Avian Sciences and a love of folk art inform her designs. She sells her work on Etsy.

 

Kristin Shields Art Folk Art Fox Textile Art Vintage Fabrics

Kristin Shields Art – Folk Art Fox Textile, Vintage Fabrics

 

Shuttle Works Studio

Wisconsin weaver, Janice Zindel of Shuttle Works Studio, creates wearables and home accents and has a special love for indigo dyeing and woven shibori. She has been weaving since 1981 and is active with various weaving organizations.

 

Shuttle Works Studio, Woven shibori on wood screen

Shuttle Works Studio, Woven shibori on wood screen

 

Willemien de Villiers Art

South African artist, Willemien de Villiers, describes her embroidery: ” I create intricate, stitched narratives that centre around a deeply felt inter-species connectedness, most evident when studying microscopic cellular data across the spectrum of life on our planet.”

 

Willemien de Villiers - the memory of all things, South African contemporary embroidery artist

Willemien de Villiers – the memory of all things, South African contemporary embroidery artist

 

 

Fairly Worn

Valerie Ley Alter has a passion for older tribal textiles that are full of character. She gives them new life by making bags, pillows and garments from them, selling through her shop on Etsy, Fairly Worn.

 

Fairly Worn upcycled Hmong batik and embroidery textile pillow

Fairly Worn upcycled Hmong batik and embroidery textile pillow.

 

Lynne Cunningham

Lynne Cunningham of Davis, California, uses hand painted fabrics to create wearable art and decorative textiles. Lynne especially enjoys the painting process which inform the end product. She sells her work on her site.

 

Lynne Cunningham orange saffron scarf.

Lynne Cunningham orange saffron scarf.

 

Culturalpatina Gallery

Dennis Brining of CulturalPatina Gallery has collected ethnic and tribal art for decades. Much of his collection is of museum quality, with a special focus on the American SouthWest: Navajo rugs, Native American pottery, vintage etchings, bronze sculptures and more. He also has an extensive collection of Naga beadwork and textiles, all available in his shop on Etsy.

 

CulturalPatina Gallery - Navajo Rug, Weaving- Hand Made Wool, Multicolored Vegetable Dyed

CulturalPatina Gallery – Navajo Rug, Weaving- Hand Made Wool, Multicolored Vegetable Dyed

 

Louise O’Hara Art

Enjoy the inspiring work of Louise O’Hara Art, a UK textile artist who practices ‘Wabi Sabi’, the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’. Louise enjoys depicting rural landscapes and seaside cottages, using mixed media to enhance her textile art. Ruggedness contrasts with feminine touches such as lace, embroidery and soft palettes.

 

Louise O'Hara Art - echoes of spring in the valley, rustic house, mixed media collage textile artist

Louise O’Hara Art – echoes of spring in the valley, rustic house, mixed media collage textile artist

 

Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist

Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist uses thread embroidery as a favorite medium of expression for her art quilts. Based in Victoria, Australia, she teaches workshops, offers educational info on her website and posts tutorials frequently to her YouTube channel.

 

Red Poppy - stained glass art quilt - Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist

Red Poppy – stained glass art quilt – Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist

 

Audrey Stone

Brooklyn artist, Audrey Stone, uses paint and thread to reflect on composition and personal narratives to wrestle with ideas, especially those ingrained with gender tension. She enjoys exploring the tension between craft and art, and the transforming nature of lines, surfaces and materials.

 

Audrey Stone - Being Mama, 3 2015 - Thread and Flashe paint on canvas

Audrey Stone – Being Mama, 3 2015 – Thread and Flashe paint on canvas

 

Ann Dunbar

Ann Dunbar - Early morning mists at Digne. Provençal landscape. Embroidery on water colour and paper. Landscape continued painted onto mount.

Ann Dunbar – Early morning mists at Digne. Provençal landscape. Embroidery on water colour and paper. Landscape continued painted onto mount.

Ann Dunbar has developed a unique technique combining embroidery on paper water color paintings. The effect adds dimension and life to the design. Ann’s favorite themes visit nature in its many forms: flowers, landscapes, and micro studies. Originally from the UK, Ann lives in France.

 


 

 

Not Listed

The following have not been listed yet. We are still waiting for their info and hope they will be up soon.

Pri Fabrics And Beads

Lina Sofía lives in Miami, Florida, while her aunt, Lavinia, is in Cali, Colombia and collaborate creating jewelry for their shop, PRI Fabrics and Beads.

Lina Sofia is also a member of our sister site, Artizan Made, and you can see her profile there here.

 

Pri Fabrics and Beads - Green Fabric Necklace

Pri Fabrics and Beads – Green Fabric Necklace

 


 

 

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  • Fair Trade, Online Sales, Product Development

    Threads of Peru is a not-for-profit social enterprise that connects the world to handmade treasures of the Andes, helping to strengthen ancient craft techniques and empower artisans. Visit our online shop for garments, accessories and home textiles!

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  • Textile Artist

    Laura Lee Burch is an American artist and author living in Israel. Her current passion lies in needle felting animals and people with humor and sometimes, a message. She welcomes special commissions of her work.

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  • Textile Artist, Workshops

    Elena Ulyanova has a passion for eco and botanical dye processes and has taught her methods in many European countries. Originally from the Ukraine, she now lives in Poland. She sells upcycled garments and accessories that she dyes on Etsy.

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  • Textile Artist, Workshops

    Transformative textile art, Threads of Awakening, based in Buddhist tradition. Online apprenticeships and commissions. Prints. Training. Your spiritual path. Your creative practice. Connected. Leslie's monthly newsletter.

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  • Artist

    Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts: Festival schedule and a nice display of what's available in her Etsy shop.

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  • Weaver, Mixed Media Artist, Marketer

    Bonnie Clark of Dakini Dreams primarily works in fibers and textiles, along with mask making, printmaking, collage, assemblage, ceramics, and polymer clay. Through her practice she expands on age-old cultural themes relating to personal growth, empowerment, and transformation.

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  • Artist, Teacher

    Jane Dunnewold is an artist, teacher and author of surface design techniques. She teaches and lectures internationally and at her studio in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Textile Artist, Clothing Designer

    Mary Hertert hand dyes fabric and uses it in her garments and home decor products. She has a great shop on her site with one of a kind tops, vests, pants and capes. Based in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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  • Web Shop, Designer, Importer

    Textiil sells artisanal fabrics, and creates modern global home decor and accessories from batik, ikat and songket sourced in Indonesia and Malaysia. They have a growing stock of sustainably made plant based dye batiks and natural dye silks.

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  • Retail Gallery, Etsy Shop

    CulturalPatina Gallery sells tribal art from around the world, with a special focus on SouthWestern Navajo rugs and Native American pottery. Holiday sale through December 22, 2015!

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  • School, Workshops

    The Pacific Northwest Art School offers workshops and classes in Fiber Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, and Photography. We are located on Whidbey Island, Washington, USA.

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  • Art Quilter

    "Windows into Time" series, glimpsing out into what is our amazing earth, art quilts for sale by Clairan Ferrono of Fabric8tions.

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  • Artist, Teacher

    Learn how to fast piece applique with Rose Hughes through her books or the Online Quilting Academy!

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  • Weaver

    Ann Robinson Textiles weaves beautiful handwoven accessories and dyes the fibers she uses to create fabrics. Her woven art complements classic wardrobes as well as contemporary home and office settings.

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  • Artist, Organization

    Silvia Piza-Tandlich of Galeria Octagono exhibiting in Poland at the 8th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial, Krosno 2014. The exhibit goes through 2015.

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  • Gallery, Wholesaler

    Afghan Tribal Arts Beads and Textiles, natural gemstones from Afghanistan and vintage textiles, following a regular show route in Southeastern USA.

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  • Marketing

    Folt Bolt is Kriszta Kemény’s exceptional effort at promoting artists and the handmade community. She runs curated collections on her website and has developed an active and successful community through her Facebook page.

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About

I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!

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    Really great work to bring all these top level artisans and their products into one site. Fantastic job.

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