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.
From Vancouver, Canada: Nell’s Embroidery – her textile and thread drawings on miniature fairy shoes and boxes are absolutely astonishing.
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.
From Brisbane, Australia: Debra Dorgan (All Things Pretty), her clothing and accessories are made with layers of sumptuous textiles, laces and shiny findings.
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.
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.
From Afghanistan and the Paducah, USA: Abdul Wardak ( Afghan Tribal Arts) who specializes in tribal arts and crafts from Afghanistan.
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!