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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.

TAFA has two sites, our main one with the member profiles, events and map, and this one where we host our blog and member forum. Learn more about what we do on our About and Membership pages.

New Members

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.

Weaving Hand

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.

Weaving Hand Educational Trip

Weaving Hand Educational Trip

 

The Art of Recycling

Leominster, HEF, United Kingdom
Jenni Stuart-Anderson has been recycling rags into rugs since 1987.

The Art of Recycling Rag Rug

The Art of Recycling Rag Rug

Amy C. Lund, Handweaver

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!

Amy C. Lund, Handweaver - Linen Towel

Amy C. Lund, Handweaver – Linen Towel

D. Ellis Originals

Poulsbo, Washington, USA

Dawna creates textile vessels and was selected as one of the finalists for the 2014 NICHE Awards.

D. Ellis Originals Textile Vessels

D. Ellis Originals Textile Vessels

Gilda Baron

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.

Gilda Baron Landscape Embroidery and Batik

Gilda Baron Landscape Embroidery and Batik

BSL Art Quilts

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.

BSL Art Quilts - Rooster

BSL Art Quilts – Rooster

 

Frances Ergen Designs

Selçuk, Turkey

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.

Frances Ergen - Turkish Textiles

Frances Ergen Designs – Turkish Textiles

 

Cally Booker

Dundee, DND, United Kingdom

Cally weaves with luxury yarns, inspired by the city scapes of Dundee, Scotland.

Cally Booker Handwoven Shawl

Cally Booker Handwoven Shawl

 

Denise Lithgow Textile Artist

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.

Denise Lithgow Textile Artist

Denise Lithgow Textile Artist

 

The Quilter’s Alley

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.

Roxanne Lasky of The Quilter's Alley- House

Roxanne Lasky of The Quilter’s Alley- House


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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About

Profile photo of Rachel Biel
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!

We love hearing from our community!

Feel free to comment! Also, we merged two sites into one. Please report any broken links you find on this page here so that we can fix them.

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