I recently became a member of the Textile and Fiber Art list. This is a fairly young but very impressive organization dedicated to helping textile artists access the power of the web by working collectively. TAFA now has over 400 members from 35 countries. Each member has their individual profile page on the TAFA website, which is based on the idea of linking all the various presences an individual has on the web in on place.
The images here are just a tiny glimpse of the work to be found on TAFA.
By going to my profile on TAFA, you can see the work currently for sale in my Etsy shop, view my Flickr slideshow, check out my location on a world map and access direct links to my Facebook, Etsy, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr accounts, plus my website and this blog. It is a very well thought out solution which must be a great model that many other organizations could follow. In addition to the main website, TAFA also has a presence on Facebook, etc., as well as running an Etsy group.
The driving force behind TAFA is its founder Rachel Biel who supplied a great deal of assistance in getting me up and running on the site. Rachel is a great believer in the power that comes from people working together and has clearly put in a great effort to make her vision a reality. As well as trying to build a successful business model for individual craftspeople, the organization also pays a lot of attention to issues such as fair trade, sustainability and the environment.
If you have an interest in textile art then the TAFA list is something you definitely should explore. All the members are professional artists and the work is both very diverse and of high quality. Walk in the woods – A felted picture by Stacy Polson