TAFA Celebrates the Number Seven!
TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List celebrated its 7th year in this January of 2017. We number around 600 members from 44 countries, working in a broad range of techniques and products, all focused on handmade with technology increasingly finding its way into experimental works.
Wikipedia has a great list of what the number 7 has meant throughout history, in various countries and religions, along with pop culture references. Here’s a visual celebration of this famous number, just for kicks, but peppered with works from our members. Some of the Wikipedia links are live and link to other Wiki pages, in case you want to explore more.
Featured image: Yarndance Temari Balls
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Seven Days and Seven Nights
Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Lucky Gods
Recited under the chuppah during a Jewish wedding ceremony.
Seven Colors in the Rainbow
The number of notes in the traditional Western diatonic scale (major or minor)
Game of Thrones
In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, seven gods, the Mother, the Father, the Warrior, the Crone, the Smith, the Maiden, and the Stranger, are worshiped in the land of Westeros, which is made up of seven former kingdoms and often called the Seven Kingdoms.
Seven Years in Tibet
Seven Year Itch
I hope you had fun! There are many, many more references to the number seven, but I tried to pick a few that would reflect our diversity, both in the techniques used and as cultural references. I find it interesting to look at our human condition through videos and Hollywood as these are the exports that truly mark our times in the public consciousness. We see beauty, love, compassion, along with violence, mystery, and magical worlds.
These seven years have been filled with personal inspiration as I’ve followed our members through their work, watching them grow, develop, age, and sometimes, die. I find this work that they do extremely important. They explore, document, teach, reach back into history and then challenge what has come before us. I hope that you will support them and the handmade community every chance you get!
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- MarketPlace: Handwork of India
MarketPlace: Handwork of India, empowering women and breaking the cycle of poverty! Fair Trade and handmade, long-lasting elegance!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
- 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, 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 has exhibited her work around the world and runs Galeria Octagono in Costa Rica. Community oriented, all of her work is made by hand, often inspired by themes drawn on from Latin American mythology.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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