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TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List- New Member Focus

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List- New Member Focus

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List was launched in 2010 with the primary goal of helping online businesses in our community reach larger markets. A secondary goal seeks to help these members improve their web presence in an ever-changing and fast environment on the web. We have used social media heavily with our Facebook page evolving into our most valuable resource.

TAFA now has over 500…

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The Amazing Versatility of Felt: A Peek at Felting Techniques on TAFA

The Amazing Versatility of Felt: A Peek at Felting Techniques on TAFA

Turkish Shepherd with a felt kepenek, a cape worn to keep him warm.

Turkish Shepherd with a felt kepenek, a cape worn to keep him warm.

The only things I have felted have pretty much been by mistake: sweaters and socks in the washer and dryer. Have you done that? Oops! But, it’s a field of study and practice that fascinates me and if I already didn’t have bins and bins of other supplies, felting would hook me in, for sure. I get to drool over what TAFA members…

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Twelve Great Examples of Art Quilt Techniques

Twelve Great Examples of Art Quilt Techniques

We have amazing talent among our TAFA members and they serve as a source of great inspiration for our textile and fiber art community. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the techniques that our art quilters use in designing their textiles. As a starting point, I went through our member listand looked for quilts that would be good examples for this post. Scrolling down…

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Galleribba On Facebook - Small Art for the Wall

Galleribba On Facebook – Small Art for the Wall

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Two years ago I started Galleribba, an international online gallery for small wall art. This week we welcomed our 46th member. Members are either invited by me or they apply for membership. The maximum size of work on Galleribba is 12 inches on either side.

My aim was to have a place filled with lots of beautiful textile and mixed media art, which would give us a platform to sell our art.…

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Felted Mini-Hats by Ariane Mariane

Felted Mini-Hats by Ariane Mariane

Do you wonder where artistes and artisans get their inspiration from? Ariane from Ariane Mariane/ Paris has a leitmotif (recurrent theme) finds ground in a sentence from Picasso : “Inspiration exists but it has to find you working”. Most of her ideas “find her” when she lays out wool fibers or rubs the felt work. The eternal repetition of the same actions over a long period of time gets her into…

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Elena Rosenberg Wearable Art at Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2014

Elena Rosenberg Wearable Art at Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2014

Elena Rosenber with her Roccoco Shawl

Elena Rosenber with her Roccoco Shawl

Elena Rosenberg, New York wearable fiber artist and knit designer, has been invited to participate in the 38th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 2014, as an emerging artist. The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show is a premier display and sale of contemporary craft by the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States.

Elena Rosenberg Fiber Jewelry Ensemble

Elena Rosenberg…

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TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List has a widely diverse membership, brought together by a shared love for the work they do with textiles and fiber art. All of us have an online presence, but what we do can range from knitting on a favorite couch to working in large scale production with economic development initiatives. Some members make their living through creating products for sale, others teach, while others publish or exhibit their works. The handmade process always translates into labor intensive techniques, but the materials and tools needed vary dramatically. Travel around the world to visit some of our work spaces.

Click on the names to visit their profiles on TAFA where you will find more info and links to their sites. The first image of each slideshow shows an example of what is made in that space. Enjoy!

This is Part Two. Visit Part One.

 Gilgulim

Israel

Hagar Arnon began making fabric beads by recycling old ties. Now she incorporates other fabrics that she likes along with beads and findings to make necklaces and earrings.

HeartFelt Silks

USA

Robbin and Harry Firth run a felt shop and studio in Stillwater, Minnesota, where they offer workshops. Inventors of the palm washboard, their main focus is on wet felting.

Karen Anne Glick

USA

Karen uses the stitch, real or metaphorical, as a reference to connect the past to the present. She is a mixed media artist who explores minimalism with an emphasis on color and shape.

Kasia Urban Rybska

Poland

Kasia enjoys creating needlepoint designs of everyday, mundane objects and funny looking people. She has recently started teaching workshops and is enjoying them thoroughly!

Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

USA

Leslie trained in India with Tibetan monks on the art of sacred embroidery. She teaches this spiritual practice online and through workshops.

LoomOnTheLake

USA

Lynn specializes in complex patterns which she weaves into scarves, shawls and home textiles. She just got a new loom which is supposed to open all kinds of design possibilities, so we are excited to see what will happen next!

Lorie McCown

USA

Lorie paints and stitches in her home studio in Virginia.

MarketPlace: Handwork of India

India

MarketPlace is a fair trade organization working to empower women (and men!) through the production of their comfortable, artsy garments and home textiles.

mm handwovens

USA

Margery weaves beautiful scarves using exotic threads. She also knits and makes cards and buttons.

Nestle and Soar

USA

Georgianne Holland specializes in home textiles, many of which are inspired by the birds and trees native to her Colorado landscape. Georgianne has recently added a healthy living component to her business.

Pamela Penney Textile Arts

USA

Pamela Penney practices a wide range of the textile arts from her studio in Oak Park, Illinois. She teaches workshops and is actively engaged in her local community.

Priscilla Creations

USA

Priscilla sews and embellishes garments and quilts.

Rayela Art

USA

I’m the one writing this post, so will go for the 1st person… :)  I like to work on large scale textiles but don’t have the space so recently went back to embroidery and other needlework. I just finished my first hooked rug! I stitch late at night in my living room, watching movies with one eye and the needle with the other. There are no closets in my house, so it’s a mess of supplies and products that I sell on Etsy, stacked in shelving in the dining room and in my bedroom.

Sally Manke Fiber Artist

USA

Sally Manke is a renaissance woman, practicing a multitude of textile techniques. Quilts, baskets, and much more!

Something Else Studio

USA

Jannelle has a long history of sewing garments and accessories. Every summer, she and her husband Joe, spend several months in the Renaissance Faire circuit. They have a permanent home there with a studio area and she works from her home during the rest of the year.

Studio Jules

USA

Jules Rushing dyes fabric for sale and creates quilts. She is also an established graphic designer.

TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles

Canada

Ellen Agger and Allison Kase have been working with weavers in Thailand and Laos since 2007, focusing on traditional rural weaving techniques made from organic silks and cotton.

Tilonia

India

Tilonia is a mission driven economic development project in India with its marketing arm in the United States. Associated with the esteemed Barefoot College in India, Tilonia’s products focus on accessories and home textiles.

Wrapture by Inese

Latvia

Inese Liepina made her start in the US and ended up in Latvia. She currently makes knitted garments and accessories made from recycled yarns from Turkey. She collaborates with Catherine Bayar of Bazaar Bayar (featured in Part One) on knitting patterns that use the same yarns she recycles.

What about you? Are you a maker? What kind of space needs do you have? What do you like the best about where you work? What do you wish you had? My wish would be to have a dedicated space where I can close the door from my living area. Right now it feels like I am living in a warehouse. At the same time, I LOVE working from home, being able to play with my dogs, take breaks when I want to, and have everything within reach.

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Work Spaces: Where Textiles and Fiber Art Get Made, Part 2 TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List has a widely diverse membership, brought together by a shared love for the work they do with textiles and fiber art.

Images of Motherhood in Textiles and Fiber Art

Images of Motherhood in Textiles and Fiber Art

Mary Kroetsch- Mother and Daughter, Talisman Fibre Arts Studio

Embroidery by Mary Kroetsch of Talisman Fibre Arts Studio- Mother and Daughter

Figurative work often explores the narrative of the personal, the relationships that make or break our lives and our world order. Motherhood, as a theme, tends to luck out on the spectrum of emotions. Equated with the generous and tender roles of guardians, protectors, teachers, they warm the heart. Those of us who are…

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TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List has a widely diverse membership, brought together by a shared love for the work they do with textiles and fiber art. All of us have an online presence, but what we do can range from knitting on a favorite couch to working in large scale production with economic development initiatives. Some members make their living through creating products for sale, others teach, while others publish or exhibit their works. The handmade process always translates into labor intensive techniques, but the materials and tools needed vary dramatically. Travel around the world to visit some of our work spaces.

Click on the names to visit their profiles on TAFA where you will find more info and links to their sites. The first image of each slideshow shows an example of what is made in that space. Enjoy!

African Threads

Canada

Valerie Hearder works with women in South Africa who embroider village scenes, animals and other designs on fabric, pillows, wall hangings and other products.

Amber Kane

USA

Amber Kane weaves glorious scarves and writes about seizing the day with affirmation and power in her blog.

Bazaar Bayar

Turkey

Catherine and her husband, Abit, live in Istanbul where they sell vintage carpets and work with local craftspeople. Catherine is also a knitting designer and pattern maker.

Boisali Biswas

USA

Boisali has now lived in the US for a long time, but her roots in India remain strong. There, she had classical training in weaving and other traditional arts and continues to explore new ways to translate the old.

Cally Booker

Scotland

Cally Booker finds inspiration in the skyline of her Dundee cityscapes as well as the waterfront near her home.

Cat Brysch Creations Studio

USA

Cat has woven yardage for other artists for over 30 years!

Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts

USA

Cindy’s art quilts and home accents are known for their great color combinations.

Danny Mansmith

USA

A Chicago native, Danny now creates in Seattle, a master at using his sewing machine to draw.

DharmaKarmaArts

USA

Indira Govindan uses her small work area to full capacity, creating journals, sari textile art, decorated boxes and much more. Inspired by her Indian roots, Indira donates the proceeds of her sales to a non-profit run by her sister in India.

Elena Ulyanova

Ukraine

Elena has many talents, but her big passion is botanical dyeing. She teaches workshops on it and her blog details her experiments and process.

Fearless Fiberworks

Canada

Carole Simcox sews, felts and knits from her home studio.

We have more coming! This turned out to be a long post, so the next part will come in a couple of days.

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How about you? Are you a maker? What kind of space needs do you have? Feel free to leave a link in the comments if you want us to take a look.

Work Spaces: Where Textiles and Fiber Art Get Made, Part 1 TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List has a widely diverse membership, brought together by a shared love for the work they do with textiles and fiber art.

jomobimo:

Mouse String Sculpture | peaceofpi studio

bearcreekfelting:

Needle Felted Bear Creek Bunny #147 by Teresa Perleberg

artizanmade:

Artizan Made
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Little Boho Girls Shoes in Orange Hmong Embroidery Mary Jane Style Hmong Shoes http://merchp.in/RsX2EK

artizanmade:

Artizan Made
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Painterly Purse, Tattered, Faded Flowers, Vintage Fabric, Cream, Soft Pink, Pocket, Cotton, Wristlet, Rustic, Boho http://merchp.in/1qWFYmD

artizanmade:

Artizan Made
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Ooak long mixed fiber and glass necklace in natural shades http://merchp.in/1i4JjJ8