New Members 2017: Faces, Pattern and Stitch in Textiles and Fiber Art
TAFA’s membership is currently at 606, (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!
Our sister site, Artizan Made, features a market and focuses on handmade products for sale. It is set up as a collective.
Click on the titles to visit the profiles.
There you will find each member’s links and more information about what they do.
Janine Heschl Textile Art has a passion for wildlife and for textiles! She fuses the two through her machine embroidered portraits of endangered species and other animals. She also enjoys recreating some of her favorite artwork into thread paintings. Janine lives in Vienna, Austria, and enjoys teaching her skills through workshops.
Philadelphia artist Carla J Fisher works as a studio artist focusing on encaustic works and free motion embroidery sculptures. She is actively involved with the Surface Design Association and in other local groups and orgs.
Jen Goodwin studied traditional embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Although she knows many different techniques, her favorites are blackwork, goldwork and silk shading. She especially enjoys realistic depictions of animals and birds. Jen lives in Wimborne, Dorset, UK, and teaches locally and online.
Texas fiber artist, Hope Wilmarth, enjoys the process of exploration in her art quilts: “I am inspired to manipulate surface design using innovative piecing, mark making with dyes and acrylics, thread painting, applying recycled materials onto the surface.” This leads her to a variety of design challenges, enjoying new ideas of exploration. Hope exhibits regularly in top shows around the US.
California artist, Zwia Lipkin of ANY Texture, combines three passions in her work: a love for the basic elements of art, an interest in history, and a dedication to environmental sustainability. Trained as a painter and sculptor, her current work finds use for salvaged upholstery fabrics which she makes into both functional and decorative works.
Laurie Lausen of Wooly Red Rug dyes her own wool for her hooked rugs. Her designs are rooted in traditional Americana and Primitive motifs. She also makes sewn decorative items like snowmen and pincushions. Laurie lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Katriina Flensburg is a Swedish Finnish textile artist based in Uppsala, Sweden. A Scandinavian pioneer in art quilts, she has exhibited in Austria, Holland, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, USA and Japan and she is featured in books, magazines and catalogues in and outside Europe. She has earned several fellowships and is represented in private and public collections.
Sarah Wiley of Huger Memories interprets memories and brings them to life through fabric, color and texture. The result is a piece of art for the wall or a pillow that becomes a family treasure and a conversation piece that is passed down as a family heirloom. Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Barbara Shaw of Art in Textiles has found her inspiration for her collages through Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, the range of colours and patterns which sing together in Kaffe Fassett’s creations and the use of lustrous effects in Gustav Klimt’s pictures. Her subjects range from animals to architectural scenes, floral and other painterly compositions. Barbara lives in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.
Gini Holmes has a wide range of print and dye skills that come from both institutional training and experimentation. She combines these with embroidery, quilting and collage to create garments, accessories, home accents and wall art. A special interest lies in political commentary, matching up quotes with vintage images that end up tickling her funny bone. Gini lives in California, USA and sells work on her Etsy shop, Venus d’Pyro.
Canadian artist Bridget O’Flaherty’s commitment to nature and sustainability show through on her art quilts and thread paintings. She uses hand dyed fabrics and threads along with recycled supplies. Bridget teaches workshops and exhibits internationally. She has patterns available in her shop on Etsy.
Based in beautiful Cumbria, UK. Helen Walsh of Delicate Stitches specializes in drawing and textiles, in particular hand and machine embroidery. She is fascinated by the natural world and our connection to it, with a particular interest in birds. She works with natural fibres such as cotton, wool and silk and is drawn to traditional textile techniques such as embroidery, knitting and natural dyeing.
Claire Demarest of Sacred Balance Art creates one of a kind needle felted angels, spirit animals, mermaids, dragons, nativities, and more. Each piece is a beautifully made work of fiber art that also radiates out healing energies you can feel. Bend, Oregon, USA
Claire Passmore was born in Wales but lived in several countries until finally settling back in England. A teacher for many years, her work explores the joy of discovery with surface design techniques, a thrill she passes on in her workshops and book. Much of her work explores social issues encountered in her travels, although humor also shows up! Claire is active with several textile organizations and has exhibited widely.
Fiona Legg uses a variety of mixed media techniques to explore social issues that capture her attention. Fiona likes to work with felt techniques and often embellishes surfaces with embroidery and beadwork. She enjoys working on projects for both indoor and outdoor installations and lives in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Maria Billings is best known for her painted art quilts, exploring a variety of figurative and landscape topics. She also enjoys creating dimensional work, such as using cds or ribbons as accents. Many of her themes have to do with history and symbolism. She lives in Oregon House, California and is actively engaged with the textile art community online and through exhibits. Maria also spends several months a year in Italy.
Angie Truman Feltwork creates scarves, shawls and garments from high quality fibers, including merino wool and tussah silk. She lives in Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom, teaches workshops and is actively engaged with the local arts community.
North Carolina jewelry artist, Kathy King, creates exquisite beadwork designs that stem from her love of mathematics. She teaches workshops, has tutorials on her shop on Etsy, has published a book on her technique and has appeared in numerous publications.
Stewart Kelly explores the dialogue between the physical and unconscious body by creating portraits of time and expression that have been layered and worked into an overall composition. He starts out by drawing on paper and then machine stitches over it to emphasize certain lines and to create patterns of light, shadow and color. Stewart lives and works in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Claudia Jäggi Textile Art reflects a joyful exploration of a lifetime of textile techniques handed down by grandmothers and passed on to children. Claudia embroiders, uses found objects to mix in with her threads, teaches workshops, exhibits and actively engages with the textile art community in Switzerland and online. She sells her work on her web shop.
Claudia Marie Lenart has a passion for animals and it shows in her felted creatures. She studies them in depth and uses many different fibers to achieve a realistic rendering of the animal. She also creates many story themes for children with delightful woodsland themes. She has illustrated several books with her feltwork and her first one as author and illustrator is now available, too. She lives in Wauconda, Illinois, USA.
Owen Brush grew up with a mother who spun and wove. At the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design he was pursuing ceramics when he wandered into a weaving studio and was hooked! His scarves emphasize the natural beauty of wool and are available for purchase on his website. He also teaches weaving locally and online.
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These members have not sent in their info yet and hopefully they will do so soon so that everyone can enjoy their stories and work!
Ellie Beth Studio
Made by Reena
ecowott textiles & treasures
Martien van Zuilen
As you can see, the humble thread holds infinite possibilities when it is combined with others. I am inspired daily by all of these people and their visions and I hope you are, too!
-Rachel Biel, TAFA Founder
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