2016 New Members on TAFA, January – June: Indigo, Brains, Leaves
TAFA’s membership is currently at 581, (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.
Annie Helmericks-Louder grew up in the American SouthWest, but now lives in Missouri, with her artist husband, John Louder. Both work on large scale pieces that celebrate nature and color. Annie paints, sews and uses embroidery, packing in movement and wild imagery to create a cohesive whole.
Ansie van der Walt is a freelance writer specializing in fibre art, textiles, creative needlework and craft stories. Her The Fabric Thread blog focuses on meeting artists, designers, gallery owners, craft supporters, and other lovers of textile and fibre art. She enjoys crochet and embroidery for her own textile art. South Australia
Christine Chester works and teaches from her studio in Eastbourne, East Sussex in the UK. Her mixed media approach to textiles incorporates innovative materials and designs. Her current focus centers on the loss of identity through dementia, due to her father’s diagnosis several years ago. She also creates commissioned works working with clients on color and design.
Sylvia Brestel of Felted Feather lives in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, where she creates beautiful felted accessories and wall art. She sees her work as a puzzle that needs to be put together and is thrilled by the infinite possibilities!
Massachusetts artist, Laura Bundesen, has developed a signature style of painting accented by embroidered areas. She also makes pillows, belts and decorative items, including furniture, using crazy quilt techniques and markets them through Frisky Furnishings.
Canadian textile artist, Jaynie Himsl, creates art quilts that lean towards representational themes with detailed quilting. She especially enjoys cartographic and organic themes that emphasize the natural world.
Indiana artist Joel Fremion creates intricate fabric collages featuring urban scenes, portraits and landscapes. His work is vibrant and lively. Originally inspired by Impressionism, Joel’s work now achieves realistic effects through collage.
Kathryn Reuschel is a fashion designer turned modern quilter, fabric designer and dyer. She lives in a log cabin in the woods across from Lake Michigan (Harbor Springs, USA), where she works on her Kathryn Marie Designs. Kathryn loves commissions, so be sure to connect with her for your special quilted project!
Svetlana Kostova of LAnAArt lives in Sofia, Bulgaria and works with a variety of dye and felt techniques. She creates rugs, accessories, and jewelry and teaches her skills locally. Her name means “light” and she feels like art is a way to spread this and enjoys stimulating creativity in others.
Loren Batt has traveled the world and along the way, picked up stories and techniques that she translates into her mixed media art vignettes and soft sculptures. Humor, attention to detail and color converge into brilliant individual pieces that speak to her larger world.
Canadian textile artist, Mardell Rampton, uses hand dyed fabric and other surface design techniques for her art quilts or “textile paintings”. She shares a studio space with other artists at 100 Braid Street Studios in New Westminster, Canada.
Sofia Verna launched Ms. Emma Designs in 1973 in Toronto, Canada, which grew to quite a large retail operation with several brick and mortar shops. She moved to Umbria, near Assisi, Italy, in 1998 where she continues to design and sell clothing and accessories. Sofia felts, enjoys creating patchwork designs, paints on fabric and then brings these elements together into unique wearables.
Rebecca Mezoff Tapestry Studio grew out of an early exposure to weaving and art in the family. Rebecca grew up in New Mexico and now works out of her studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. She teaches around the country and online and has a great series of videos on YouTube. Her work is inspired by the landscape of the American SouthWest, symbolism and a love for color. She dyes her own yarns and works from a loom she inherited from her grandfather, also a weaver.
Shea Wilkinson of Omaha, Nebraska, uses free motion quilting and some hand-embroidery to draw on her art quilts. Her themes often explore the human condition, technology, and the relationship we have with earth and space.
WendyM Felting finds inspiration in the rugged coastline and the beautiful fall foliage she sees in her home of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). Wendy dyes wool and roving, contrasting it with natural colors to create vessels and wall art.
India Tresselt focuses on needlework traditions that allow her to explore her own designs through embroidery, knitting and temari. Her Yarndance website showcases her work, patterns, and webshop. She also sells on Etsy. India lives in Vermont and is actively engaged with art communities locally and online.
Profiles not up:
The following have not been listed yet. We are still waiting for their info and hope they will be up soon. You can check our Member Directory to see if they have been added or use the search on the site (magnifying lens at the top of the page).
Amazing Quilts by Grace
Amy Sunshine Designs
Cherie St. Cyr
Jan Hopkins Art
About Rachel Biel
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