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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.

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?

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.

December 22, 2016

2016 New Members on TAFA, July-September: Australia, Bahrain, Tajikistan, and more!

A brief intro on new textile artists and fiber businesses who joined TAFA from July to September, 2016. A diverse group, felt, embroidery, dyeing, and other techniques brought to us from the far corners of the world! Argentina, Australia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Tajikistan, Germany and the USA come together.

February 21, 2016

The Refugee Crisis and My Art

Uta Lenk lives in Germany where issues of refugees and migration have changed lives and impacted world views. Living in close contact with refugee families and volunteering to assist them impacted her creativity, bringing these themes into her art quilts. Uta shares some of her experiences and work in this post.

September 13, 2015

Relocation from the Ukraine to Poland: Elena Ulyanova

The Soviet annexation of the Crimea has displaced many, including Elena Ulyanova, who has chosen relocation from the Ukraine to Poland in order to continue as a textile artist. As one of our members, we support her appeal for funds to establish a new studio in Gdansk.

September 12, 2015

2015 New Members on TAFA, April – June: Thread Painting, Surface Design, and Art Quilts

New members on TAFA bring exquisite techniques and expertise in thread painting, surface design, and art quilts. Textile artists and fair trade from the US, the UK and Singapore.

May 18, 2015

2015 Spring New Members: Textiles, Dye, Embroidery, Felt, Retailers and Teachers

Silvia Piza-Tandlich of Galeria Octagono exhibiting in Poland at the 8th International Artistic Linen Cloth Biennial, Krosno 2014. The exhibit goes through 2015.

February 6, 2015

Urbanknit: From Lagos to London

Dolapo James of Urbanknit shares her journey in textiles, from Lagos to London, giving us some insights into current trends in African textiles. Born in Nigeria and living in England, Dolapo has insight into how both cultures meet and influence each other. She sells through her own site and on Etsy.

December 17, 2014

A Weaver’s Story: Threads Between My Fingers

A Weaver's Story: Threads Between My Fingers tells of how Cally Booker came to love threading the loom, enjoying the process of design through the intimacy of touch.

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