TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List- New Member Focus
TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List was launched in 2010 with the primary goal of helping online businesses in our community reach larger markets. A secondary goal seeks to help these members improve their web presence in an ever-changing and fast environment on the web. We have used social media heavily with our Facebook page evolving into our most valuable resource.
TAFA now has over 500 members from over 40 countries with a rich and varied portfolio of techniques and business goals. Some sell products through their shopping carts, either on Etsy or their stand-alone sites, while others teach, exhibit, publish or are peer organizations with their own focuses. A third benefit from our membership has manifested itself as “inspiration”. Both our members and our community at large have shown great enthusiasm for the quality and range of the work represented on our site. As members are vetted in based on their professionalism, we have been able to keep the standards quite high. This includes having an established web presence (beyond social media) with good photography and clear goals outlined on the site or blog.
We invite you to check out some of our new members who have joined TAFA this year. Click on the links to go to their Member Profiles where you will find their websites and social media links.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Weaving Hand is an organization that embraces global weaving traditions, fosters working partnerships with an international community of weavers, and operates as a healing arts center.
Leominster, HEF, United Kingdom
Jenni Stuart-Anderson has been recycling rags into rugs since 1987.
Tiverton, Rhode Island, USA
Amy’s goal is to use natural yarns and traditional weave structures to highlight form and function in classic fabrics for unique hand towels, table linens, scarves, blankets and rugs. She has a great shop on Etsy!
Poulsbo, Washington, USA
Dawna creates textile vessels and was selected as one of the finalists for the 2014 NICHE Awards.
Greater London, HRW, United Kingdom
Gilda embroiders exquisite dimensional landscapes and flowers and has authored a book about her technique. She teaches workshops and exhibits regularly.
Plymouth, Wisconsin, USA
Barbara creates art quilts inspired by the farm and countryside scenes where she lives. She documents her process on her blog and has established a loyal following there.
After living in London and Australia, Frances has landed in Turkey and works towards promoting the textiles and women from there. She has a well stocked shop on Etsy with Turkish textiles and home accents.
Dundee, DND, United Kingdom
Cally weaves with luxury yarns, inspired by the city scapes of Dundee, Scotland.
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Denise uses a variety of techniques to create wall art, vessels, garments and other products, all centering on her love for wool.
Bethel, Connecticut, USA
Roxanne Lasky runs a brick and mortar quilt shop where she teaches classes. She has authored a book and works in many mediums, including fiber.
As you can see, we are quite the eclectic group, working around the world with both new and old textiles, using our common language of fiber! I find it so hopeful and encouraging to think of all of these people doing there work in their corners of the world, especially since so many of them are also deeply connected to nature, to healing and to connecting people to artistic expression and cultural understanding. The best way to get a bird’s eye view is to scroll down our Member List and explore the profiles that catch your eye.
TAFA’s membership fee is $75 for a lifetime membership. This buys the member profile page on our site. You will find links to our site and more information on the sidebar. We invite you to explore, share, and participate with us on our social media hubs and by leaving comments on our blog. If you would like to join us as a member, please read and follow the process outlined on the Membership Page. TAFA is a wonderful community!
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