TAFA Celebrates the Number Seven!
TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List celebrated its 7th year in this January of 2017. We number around 600 members from 44 countries, working in a broad range of techniques and products, all focused on handmade with technology increasingly finding its way into experimental works.
Wikipedia has a great list of what the number 7 has meant throughout history, in various countries and religions, along with pop culture references. Here’s a visual celebration of this famous number, just for kicks, but peppered with works from our members. Some of the Wikipedia links are live and link to other Wiki pages, in case you want to explore more.
Featured image: Yarndance Temari Balls
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Seven Days and Seven Nights
Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Lucky Gods
Recited under the chuppah during a Jewish wedding ceremony.
Seven Colors in the Rainbow
The number of notes in the traditional Western diatonic scale (major or minor)
Game of Thrones
In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, seven gods, the Mother, the Father, the Warrior, the Crone, the Smith, the Maiden, and the Stranger, are worshiped in the land of Westeros, which is made up of seven former kingdoms and often called the Seven Kingdoms.
Seven Years in Tibet
Seven Year Itch
I hope you had fun! There are many, many more references to the number seven, but I tried to pick a few that would reflect our diversity, both in the techniques used and as cultural references. I find it interesting to look at our human condition through videos and Hollywood as these are the exports that truly mark our times in the public consciousness. We see beauty, love, compassion, along with violence, mystery, and magical worlds.
These seven years have been filled with personal inspiration as I’ve followed our members through their work, watching them grow, develop, age, and sometimes, die. I find this work that they do extremely important. They explore, document, teach, reach back into history and then challenge what has come before us. I hope that you will support them and the handmade community every chance you get!
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- 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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