2015 Spring New Members: Textiles, Dye, Embroidery, Felt, Retailers and Teachers
TAFA’s membership is currently at 522, 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).
This is our first quarterly introduction of our new members. Future ones will be tagged Featured Members so clicking on that will give you the next updates. The next one will be in July, 2015. 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. The TAFA Members page changes daily as we move members from the bottom to the top.
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.
This quarter brings us a focus on textiles, dye, embroidery, retailers and teachers.
Kachina Martin of Reading, Pennsylvania (USA) works with dye and nuno felting to create scarves and work for exhibition. She has a shop on Etsy where she sells her accessories.
We love supporting retailers who emphasize fair trade! Alternatives Global Marketplace works with many groups around the world, with a heavy emphasis on Africa. Lots of great baskets, home decor items and wearables. I especially like their embroidered tops!
Cloth and Goods had a brick and mortar location when they joined us but have moved to an online presence only. Melissa Newirth’s clean aesthetic incorporates vintage textiles into home decor items. She loves indigo, so if you are partial to those blues, you will find them there!
Irinel Popescu landed in Jacksonville, Florida, but has traveled the world! Her jewelry is influenced by tribal cultures and has all the flair you could want in wearable art!
Combining a love for cartography with recycled shirting, Ellen November has developed her own recognizable signature in the art quilts she makes.
A Canadian artist in Hudson, Quebec, Heather blends architecture with color in a most pleasing way!
An eco-dyer, Jacqueline lives in Kirkland, Washington (USA) where she engages the community in the connections between land and art.
Jan has had a successful business creating aerial installations for public spaces. Sewing these tiny bits of fabric is a recent direction, an exploration of color and movement. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA). She has small versions of her mobiles in her shop on Etsy, perfect for a home or office!
Michelle Kingdom’s small embroideries come with impact. Each stitch adds movement and definition to the scene. Make sure you visit her portfolio on her website, showcasing a broad range of work. Michelle jumped in with both feet when she joined TAFA and submitted three pieces for our new shop. Go check them out!
Raija Jokinen is our first member from Finland and we are so pleased to have her! TAFA is an international organization with members in over 44 countries, although our base is still in the United States. We would like to become a destination where textiles and fiber art can be found from all over the world and we are moving in that direction. Raija’s work is so amazing… Even after I read about her process, I’m not sure if I understand how she finally puts it all together. She pulls apart flax fibers, dyes them and then paints the into the images she creates. Then she sews them to keep them together. At any rate, these fragile pieces explore the relationship of the body to emotions and energy. Similar studies have been made of plants and animals, too.
Juliana Meehan visited Rwanda in 2011 and fell in love with an embroidery project she encountered there. Her site seeks to support these women through select sales of the work along with exhibit opportunities. Their story is one of strength and survival, and above all, the ability to capture joy after so much suffering.
One of the important charges for the leaders in our community is to pass on the knowledge of how to work with textiles and fiber art. Many of these processes take years to master and the sharing of techniques ensures that the next generation will have the ability to continue this important work. The Pacific Northwest Art School is one of these meccas of learning! We were so pleased when they joined as several of our members teach their regularly. See their upcoming workshops on our Events Page! (Note: Dates are European style – Day/Month)
They also chose to support us financially by becoming a Member Sponsor! This support is essential to keep us in operation, so we are very grateful! Located on Whidbey Island in Washington State (USA), consider learning at this wonderful school!
Florida artist, Patty Van Dorin, dyes her own fabric, likes to use recycled materials and has a passion for ethnic textiles. Her dyed fabric often end up in quilts, but she also makes great bags which she sells on Etsy, along with the fabric.
Not Yet Listed:
People get busy and I can’t get them up on our site until they send me their info… 🙁
These new members will hopefully get their info to me soon. Once they do, they will show up on The List (our Directory). Meanwhile, enjoy a small preview:
Annie dyes, knits and writes patterns. Wrexham, United Kingdom.
Jayne combines digital photography with thread painting to create moving portraits and scenes. Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA.
Lisa Binkley Art Quilts & Embroideries
Lovely art quilts incorporating beads and embroidery. Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Tapestry artist and art coach, Lynn also teaches workshops. Fun 3-d innovation! Greeley, Colorado, USA
Amazing wet felting! So realistic… Fiona Gill’s passion? Wild animals in nature. Hawes, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
The Wild ‘N’ Wooly
Michelle Houston needle felts animals, draws and sews. We’re light on the cute factor on TAFA, but when something is cute, it’s heart squishing… Bailieboro, Ontario, Canada.
Wearable art and home decor using various dye and felting techniques. Monticello, Kentucky, USA.
As you can see, we have quite the mix on TAFA! The common language of thread and fiber binds us together. As professionals, our members do represent the best of our textile and fiber art communities, truly making it an honor to be on The List! Talent, however, is but a partnership as it cannot thrive without a supportive audience. We hope that you will engage with our members, get to know them, and support them in whatever way you can. The world is enriched by their hard work!
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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.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- 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!View Profile
- 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!View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts: Festival schedule and a nice display of what's available in her Etsy shop.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- Art Quilter
"Windows into Time" series, glimpsing out into what is our amazing earth, art quilts for sale by Clairan Ferrono of Fabric8tions.View Profile
- Artist, Teacher
Learn how to fast piece applique with Rose Hughes through her books or the Online Quilting Academy!View Profile
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.View Profile
- 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.View Profile
- Gallery, Wholesaler
Afghan Tribal Arts Beads and Textiles, natural gemstones from Afghanistan and vintage textiles, following a regular show route in Southeastern USA.View Profile
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.View Profile
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