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May 21, 2018

Walking the Land by Leslie Pearson

Leslie Pearson lives in the US and visited Australia for the first time as a result of a commission for Mountain to Mouth, a ritual of cleansing and renewal where a canoe is built, celebrated and then burnt. "In our slow walk of contemplation, we honored our connections with earth and with each other."

May 8, 2018

The Textile and Fiber Art List is Eight Years Old! What’s next?

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List was launched in 2010 with a goal of helping the handmade textile community on the business end of having an online presence. Rachel Biel looks back at how it has gone and shares goals for the future.

May 4, 2018

Images of Motherhood in Textiles and Fiber Art

Mothers are honored through textiles and fiber art in this post. Art quilts, weaving, embroidery, felt and mixed media all give tribute to women who have paved the way for their children.

April 3, 2018

Fiber Art in Books: Some Tips for Publishing from Children’s Book Author and Illustrator

Claudia Marie Lenart is a needle felt artist from Wauconda, Illinois. Besides illustrating books in wool, she also creates wool paintings, needle felted animals, angels and fairies. She shares some tips on what she learned when creating her work for children's books.

March 6, 2018

New Members 2017: Faces, Pattern and Stitch in Textiles and Fiber Art

Meet our new members from 2017! TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List showcases excellence by studio artists and groups from around the world. We are diverse, international and passionate about what we do. Join us!

November 20, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Kids

Find great handmade items for kids or their rooms, made with care and creativity by our TAFA members!

November 20, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Handmade Scarves

Scarves have so many uses! Wear them and display them in your home. Our textile artists work with many different techniques and this post showcases some of the scarves they make as wearable art.

November 15, 2017

TAFA’s Gift Guide: Hats and Gloves

Find handmade hats and gloves on TAFA! Sewn, knitted, felted, beaded.... and vintage, too!

May 6, 2017

Faces in Fiber and Textile Art: quilted, woven, mixed media, sewn, embroidered…

Leonard Cohen leads in the background as we look at faces in Fiber and Textile Art: quilted, woven, mixed media, sewn, embroidered...

February 27, 2017

Pichinku Naturally Dyed Peruvian Yarn

Dana Blair is taking the experience she has had with Threads of Peru to a new, sustainable social enterprise: Pichinku naturally dyed yarns. Her Kickstarter campaign funded the initial phase and yarns are expected to hit the market by October 2017.

February 13, 2017

TAFA Celebrates the Number Seven!

TAFA celebrates its seventh birthday and has some fun with showing off the number 7 through videos and member's works. What does the number 7 mean to you?

February 6, 2017

Roma and Banjara: Untamed Stories

The Banjara have typically been a nomadic herding group of people in India. They wear bright clothing with lots of shisha mirrors, patchwork and applique designs. Flowing skirts, jangly jewelry! Guess who is related to them? The Roma share the same genes! Formerly known as gypsies (now considered pejorative), the two groups have hosted gatherings. Learn a bit about their history in this post.

February 2, 2017

Thread Painting Tutorial by Jennifer Day – Cuban Ballerina

In this thread painting tutorial, Jennifer Day shows how she chose thread colors to create her "Cuban Ballerina", inspired from a photo she took in Havana.

February 2, 2017

TAFA Members with Green Projects

Go green! Using our waste to make art helps our earth and keeps stuff out of our landfills. Check out a few examples of how our TAFA members have used worn textiles in their work.

January 30, 2017

Tips on How to Improve Your Online Shop

Tips on How to Improve Your Online Shop: basics on product development, photography, SEO, and content. These tips are geared to the handmade community with a focus on textiles and fiber art.

January 22, 2017

Textile and Fiber Artists at Women’s Marches, January 2017

Millions of women marched around the world in support of the Women's March on Washington. Our TAFA members flooded our Instagram feed with their photos and we share some of them here! Their love for textiles and fiber art blended in with pink hats, signs and solidarity.

January 7, 2017

Beyond Etsy: Small Handmade Markets as Chambers of Commerce

The current trend for online sellers is to join smaller marketplaces that share a common theme. While most of us started out on Etsy, larger markets that are not curated tend to become frustrating search experiences and sellers get lost in the shuffle. Smaller markets act as virtual chambers of commerce and provide a pleasant browsing experience along with a select product niche. Learn about Artizan Made and other markets.

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