2015 New Members on TAFA, October – December: Mixed Media, Embroidery and More!
TAFA’s membership is currently at 542, (representing 44 countries!) 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).
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. It changes daily, so check back often for new inspiration!
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.
Oregon artist, Kristin Shields, is a prolific quilt artist inspired by color, birds and animals. Her Master’s degree in Avian Sciences and a love of folk art inform her designs. She sells her work on Etsy.
Wisconsin weaver, Janice Zindel of Shuttle Works Studio, creates wearables and home accents and has a special love for indigo dyeing and woven shibori. She has been weaving since 1981 and is active with various weaving organizations.
South African artist, Willemien de Villiers, describes her embroidery: ” I create intricate, stitched narratives that centre around a deeply felt inter-species connectedness, most evident when studying microscopic cellular data across the spectrum of life on our planet.”
Valerie Ley Alter has a passion for older tribal textiles that are full of character. She gives them new life by making bags, pillows and garments from them, selling through her shop on Etsy, Fairly Worn.
Lynne Cunningham of Davis, California, uses hand painted fabrics to create wearable art and decorative textiles. Lynne especially enjoys the painting process which inform the end product. She sells her work on her site.
Dennis Brining of CulturalPatina Gallery has collected ethnic and tribal art for decades. Much of his collection is of museum quality, with a special focus on the American SouthWest: Navajo rugs, Native American pottery, vintage etchings, bronze sculptures and more. He also has an extensive collection of Naga beadwork and textiles, all available in his shop on Etsy.
Enjoy the inspiring work of Louise O’Hara Art, a UK textile artist who practices ‘Wabi Sabi’, the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’. Louise enjoys depicting rural landscapes and seaside cottages, using mixed media to enhance her textile art. Ruggedness contrasts with feminine touches such as lace, embroidery and soft palettes.
Deborah Wirsu Textile Artist uses thread embroidery as a favorite medium of expression for her art quilts. Based in Victoria, Australia, she teaches workshops, offers educational info on her website and posts tutorials frequently to her YouTube channel.
Brooklyn artist, Audrey Stone, uses paint and thread to reflect on composition and personal narratives to wrestle with ideas, especially those ingrained with gender tension. She enjoys exploring the tension between craft and art, and the transforming nature of lines, surfaces and materials.
Ann Dunbar has developed a unique technique combining embroidery on paper water color paintings. The effect adds dimension and life to the design. Ann’s favorite themes visit nature in its many forms: flowers, landscapes, and micro studies. Originally from the UK, Ann lives in France.
The following have not been listed yet. We are still waiting for their info and hope they will be up soon.
Lina Sofía lives in Miami, Florida, while her aunt, Lavinia, is in Cali, Colombia and collaborate creating jewelry for their shop, PRI Fabrics and Beads.
Lina Sofia is also a member of our sister site, Artizan Made, and you can see her profile there here.
Many thanks to our sponsors who keep TAFA ticking!
- Asian Folk Art
Turkish Folk Art has an exceptional online shop featuring Central Asian textiles and crafts. While most are vintage, they also support village artisans working in traditional techniques.View Profile
Driven by colour and obsessed with her love/hate relationship with the creative process, Heidi lives to dye...and dies to quilt. She lives in Canada where she stirs up all kinds of fun! She also runs with scissors...View Profile
Gini Holmes is a mixed media artist who explores new technologies with traditional media. Her work seeks to provoke thought and discussion. She partners with artist Sandy Scott in a line of adornments for body and home, Venus d’Pyro.View Profile
Ann Ridge sews and sells vintage textiles on Etsy. She specializes in a Korean technique, Chogapko, and her own crazy quilt style. Ann lives in Spain and welcomes commissions.View Profile
Hand-dyed, knit and sewn scarves by Jane Porter. Jane works with a fair trade weaving group in India who provide her with many of the scarves she dyes.View Profile
- Publication, Organization
Fiber Art Now is an exciting print & digital magazine for contemporary textiles & fiber arts. The Network offers opportunities for exhibition, education and more!View Profile
- Fair Trade
HoonArts is a Fair Trade effort representing hand-crafted gifts and accessories from Tajikistan and other Central Asian Silk Road countries.View Profile
Folkwear Patterns are based on authentic ethnic and vintage garments, used by theatre and dance costumers, historic reenactors, art-to-wear aficionados, and anyone who enjoys dressing up.View Profile
- Artist, Supplies
Based in Sacramento, California (USA) Barbetta Lockart Contemporary Art – ITSA Studio showcase mixed media art by Barbetta and a rich assortment of supplies from around the world. ITSA Studio has a large selection of ethnic and tribal beads and textiles.View Profile
Ann Dunbar has developed her own technique of embroidery on water color paper. She lives near Paris and is inspired by landscapes, flowers, and city lights.View Profile
- 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
- Weaver, Designer, Artist
Cat Brysch Creations Studio has been weaving yardage for artists for years! Check out her studio and shop from her on Etsy.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
- 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
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
- Weaving- Home Textiles and Fashion Accessories
Mayamam Weavers, a fair trade cooperative of women in Cajolá, Guatemala, specializes in home textiles and fashion accessories.View Profile
Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts: Festival schedule and a nice display of what's available in her Etsy shop.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
- 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
- School, Workshops
The Pacific Northwest Art School offers workshops and classes in Fiber Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, and Photography. Whidbey Island, Washington, USA.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
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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