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TAFA’s Birthday: Celebrate the Number Four!

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January 30, 2014

Four years ago, I saw a need for an organization that would focus on the business end of promoting our handmade textiles and fiber art community. I kept bumping into peers who were struggling with the same issues that I was: how to use social media effectively to promote what we were doing. An ever-changing world, it seemed to me that if we banded together into one destination, perhaps the work load could be shared and we could help each other navigate this enormous landscape. I started out with a blog and by the end of the first year, we clearly needed a “real” website with a search engine. We launched our current site the following year and have continued to evolve and grow as a dynamic, creative, business association with 531 members from 44 countries. This month we celebrate our 4th year!

You can learn more about why I felt the need for this group here and there is more on our site on the About and Membership pages. Each year, I have made a slide show video celebrating our diversity and growth.

TAFA Year One shows off our first members, products in the first half and people in the second half:

TAFA Market 2011 covers our only live event that we have had so far:

TAFA Red has one red image for every member that we had at the end of 2012:

Now we have too many members to do something like that again. Instead, we thought it might be fun to do something with our community. How about if we celebrate the number Four? To get the idea out there, I went through our Member List and looked for products that showed four of something. Here is what I found: (click on images to visit their profiles)

Afghan Tribal Arts

Alison Yule Textiles

Arty Moods

Beryl Taylor

Betty Busby

Blue Jacaranda

Colin's Creatures

Denise Kovnat


Fuzzy Logic Felt

Joan Sowada

Kathryn Harmer Fox


Manitoba Gifts


Stacy Polson

The Rainbow Girl


See how fun we can make the Number Four? So, how about contributing to the mix? You can submit a photo where you celebrate the Number Four and we will post it here. Depending on what we get, maybe there will be enough to make another birthday video!


Send it to rayela @ comcast.net (remove spaces) by January 15, 2014.

You must own the image.

It must be well cropped and nice. 🙂

Include name, title and a link if you have one (we’ll link to your site).

It can be textile related or of anything else that you love. 

We will post the ones we like.

Non-textile examples:

christmas card 2009  harvest 0911

(four dogs and four different crops from my garden)

Be creative and fun and let’s see what happens! We are a part of our larger community and we want to celebrate that!



Galería Octágono, Sunflower Quilt

Galería Octágono



Elena Rosenberg

Elena Rosenberg

Roxane Lessa

Roxane Lessa

Magic Stitches

Magic Stitches

Cape Cod Shibori

Cape Cod Shibori

Diane Evans Dizzy Art Quilt

Diane Evans Dizzy Art Quilt

Louise Schiele, Extended Family Detail, Art Quilt

Louise Schiele, Extended Family Detail, Art Quilt

Donna Kallner Fiber Art

Donna Kallner Fiber Art

Julia R. Berkley Works in Fabric

Julia R. Berkley Works in Fabric

Talisman Fibre Arts Studio

Talisman Fibre Arts Studio



Victoria Gertenbach

Victoria Gertenbach

Celebrating the Number Four!


I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!


on TAFA’s Birthday: Celebrate the Number Four!.
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    Congratulations Rachel on hanging in there for four tough years and may there be many more.

    I’ve sent “Rayela”my submission, nicely cropped, entitled Logo by Four:
    Three miniature textile creations and a paper one.

  2. Lashell Ali-Wyskochil

    Happy Birthday TAFA. 🙂

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    Happy Birthday TAFA and to Rachel…here is to many more years that increasingly get better and better!!!!

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