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Meet TAFA – The Textile and Fiber Art List

TAFA Directory List

TAFA is celebrating it’s fifth birthday!

So “What is TAFA?”, you might ask.

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List is a membership association of handmade traditional and contemporary textiles and fiber businesses. TAFA’s members may exhibit, sell and teach.”

This wonderful venue for fiber and textile folk from around the world was conceived by Rachel Biel (of Rayela Art ) who had a beautiful vision and the perseverance to see it through its many incarnations until it has reached the amazing online community that it is today.  I am delighted to have been a member of TAFA  for quite a few years now and it has grown into quite an online presence since it’s first beginnings. It is populated with some of the most talented and versatile fiber/textile artists and businesses from all over the world. Unlike many other similar venues for fiber and textile where most members are from North America, TAFA is truly global. Its members reflect this diversity. TAFA accommodates artists, fair trade businesses, co-operatives, fiber and textiles supplies as well as teaching artists. Let me show you some of the ones that catch my eye, but please peruse the TAFA website for yourself. There are over 500 members from 44 countries!

From Paris, France: Independent fiber artiste Ariane Mariane , her felted wearable art accessories and clothing are imbued with daring colour and whimsical designs.

Arianne Marianne

 

From Vancouver, Canada: Nell’s Embroidery – her textile and thread drawings on miniature fairy shoes and boxes are absolutely astonishing.

Nells-Embroidery-Embroidered-Shoes-1467x1200

 

From Rehovot, Israel: Daria Lvovsky creates Waldorf inspired felted art. Her tiny animals and birds are sensitively formed and filled with life – hard to believe that they are not real.

Daria Lvovsky

 

From Brisbane, Australia: Debra Dorgan (All Things Pretty), her clothing and accessories are made with layers of sumptuous textiles, laces and shiny findings.

Debra Dorgan

 

From Burien, Washington in the USA: Danny Mansmith, sewing machine man extraordinaire, whose spontaneous stitched drawings, sculptures and wearables always have an element of surprise for me.

Danny Mansmith

 

From Moscow, Russia and now living in Canada: textile artist and clothing designer Yekaterina Mokeyeva of Feuer und Wasser. Her small but beautiful line of wearables are inspired by nature and the wilderness theme.

Feuer und wasser

From Afghanistan and the Paducah, USA: Abdul Wardak ( Afghan Tribal Arts) who specializes in tribal arts and crafts from Afghanistan.

Afghan Tribal Arts

There are many many more beautiful fiber and textile art businesses and artists on TAFA, so please stop by and check them out. If you are a fiber or textile artist I would really encourage you to consider joining this fabulous venue.

Sister site to TAFA is ArtizanMade, another amazing idea of Rachel Biel. ArtizanMade is a gateway collective of handmade shops which you can find by clicking on the banners which link to artisan profiles. My profile is here: Morgen Bardati on ArtizanMade. Rachel Biel created this sweet little video for ArtizanMade. She is always thinking about ways to reach out and create awareness around the value of handmade. Thank you Rachel!

 

Bees in Flowers and other insect tales.

“Bee in Tulip– original textile art wall hanging

I have a long history with insects in my art. It was many years ago in South Africa when I was doing a three year college art program that I first became fascinated with insects. Just across from the art school was the local museum. Many times when I became frustrated with whatever I was working on in the art studio, I would walk across the street and spend time alone in the quiet halls of the museum. I could be found making drawings or just contemplating in one of two places: the beehive with it’s busy little bees buzzing and working in their hive, or the dragonfly display cases. I loved to sketch the dragonflies even though many of them looked like they had crash landed and were rather mangled. I made a whole series of dragonfly etchings (intaglio and drypoint), whimsical drawings of dragonflies with helicopter wings. Some of these in fact became my first designs on textiles when I started with block prints years ago. I have since then created many textile screenprinting designs of butterflies, bees, dragonflies, beetles, moths and grasshoppers.

This newest design of a bee in a tulip is inspired by the bees in our garden. We keep our own beehives for honey and pollination of our large flower, fruit and vegetable garden. These sweet natured and hard working little creatures are my constant companions in the summer garden. I am fascinated by their strong curiosity – they love to investigate every nook and cranny they encounter. They play ‘hide and seek’ with me in the flowers, rocks and straw in my garden.

This organic cotton fluted skirt has been dyed and screenprinted by hand. The “Bee in Tulip” design has been printed in light blue round shapes created by using a shibori technique called itajime. Itajime uses clamped blocks to resist the dye leaving a pattern when the clamps are released.

This dusty pink and light ochre hand dyed linen cuff has a screenprinted design of sweet little bees on a cosmos flower in silver textile paint. There is a pretty shibori trim running down each side. The pink I have used here is almost identical to the actual colour of the cosmos flower.