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Work Spaces: Where Textiles and Fiber Art Get Made, Part 2

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List has a widely diverse membership, brought together by a shared love for the work they do with textiles and fiber art. All of us have an online presence, but what we do can range from knitting on a favorite couch to working in large scale production with economic development initiatives. Some members make their living through creating products for sale, others teach, while others publish or exhibit their works. The handmade process always translates into labor intensive techniques, but the materials and tools needed vary dramatically. Travel around the world to visit some of our work spaces.

Click on the names to visit their profiles on TAFA where you will find more info and links to their sites. The first image of each slideshow shows an example of what is made in that space. Enjoy!

This is Part Two. Visit Part One.

 

 Gilgulim

Israel

Hagar Arnon began making fabric beads by recycling old ties. Now she incorporates other fabrics that she likes along with beads and findings to make necklaces and earrings.

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HeartFelt Silks

USA

Robbin and Harry Firth run a felt shop and studio in Stillwater, Minnesota, where they offer workshops. Inventors of the palm washboard, their main focus is on wet felting.

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Karen Anne Glick

USA

Karen uses the stitch, real or metaphorical, as a reference to connect the past to the present. She is a mixed media artist who explores minimalism with an emphasis on color and shape.

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Kasia Urban Rybska

Poland

Kasia enjoys creating needlepoint designs of everyday, mundane objects and funny looking people. She has recently started teaching workshops and is enjoying them thoroughly!

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Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

USA

Leslie trained in India with Tibetan monks on the art of sacred embroidery. She teaches this spiritual practice online and through workshops.

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LoomOnTheLake

USA

Lynn specializes in complex patterns which she weaves into scarves, shawls and home textiles. She just got a new loom which is supposed to open all kinds of design possibilities, so we are excited to see what will happen next!

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Lorie McCown

USA

Lorie paints and stitches in her home studio in Virginia.

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MarketPlace: Handwork of India

India

MarketPlace is a fair trade organization working to empower women (and men!) through the production of their comfortable, artsy garments and home textiles.

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mm handwovens

USA

Margery weaves beautiful scarves using exotic threads. She also knits and makes cards and buttons.

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Nestle and Soar

USA

Georgianne Holland specializes in home textiles, many of which are inspired by the birds and trees native to her Colorado landscape. Georgianne has recently added a healthy living component to her business.

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Pamela Penney Textile Arts

USA

Pamela Penney practices a wide range of the textile arts from her studio in Oak Park, Illinois. She teaches workshops and is actively engaged in her local community.

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Priscilla Creations

USA

Priscilla sews and embellishes garments and quilts.

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Rayela Art

USA

I’m the one writing this post, so will go for the 1st person… 🙂  I like to work on large scale textiles but don’t have the space so recently went back to embroidery and other needlework. I just finished my first hooked rug! I stitch late at night in my living room, watching movies with one eye and the needle with the other. There are no closets in my house, so it’s a mess of supplies and products that I sell on Etsy, stacked in shelving in the dining room and in my bedroom.

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Sally Manke Fiber Artist

USA

Sally Manke is a renaissance woman, practicing a multitude of textile techniques. Quilts, baskets, and much more!

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Something Else Studio

USA

Jannelle has a long history of sewing garments and accessories. Every summer, she and her husband Joe, spend several months in the Renaissance Faire circuit. They have a permanent home there with a studio area and she works from her home during the rest of the year.

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Studio Jules

USA

Jules Rushing dyes fabric for sale and creates quilts.

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TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles

Canada

Ellen Agger and Allison Kase have been working with weavers in Thailand and Laos since 2007, focusing on traditional rural weaving techniques made from organic silks and cotton.

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Tilonia

India

Tilonia is a mission driven economic development project in India with its marketing arm in the United States. Associated with the esteemed Barefoot College in India, Tilonia’s products focus on accessories and home textiles.

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Wrapture by Inese

Latvia

Inese Liepina made her start in the US and ended up in Latvia. She currently makes knitted garments and accessories made from recycled yarns from Turkey. She collaborates with Catherine Bayar of Bazaar Bayar (featured in Part One) on knitting patterns that use the same yarns she recycles.

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What about you? Are you a maker? What kind of space needs do you have? What do you like the best about where you work? What do you wish you had? My wish would be to have a dedicated space where I can close the door from my living area. Right now it feels like I am living in a warehouse. At the same time, I LOVE working from home, being able to play with my dogs, take breaks when I want to, and have everything within reach.

Leave a comment and share links to your space if you have anything up online.

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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!

2 Comments

on Work Spaces: Where Textiles and Fiber Art Get Made, Part 2.
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    Finally got to see this. Lovely as usual, Rachel. Thank you again for doing this great post.

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    I love seeing all the inspiring spaces people create in! Each as lovely and distinct as their work.

    Thank you for putting this together Rachel!

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