Linda Matthews is one of our pioneer members, joining us back in June of 2010. She is one of our techie master minds, an expert at photo imaging on fabric, offers workshops and tutorials, her printed fabrics, and kits. Linda has a shop on Etsy but also sells through her own site and other venues. Be sure to connect with her!
April 11, 2013
CherScapes, one of our pioneer members, joined TAFA in July of 2010. Check out her profile for her gorgeous textiles, garments and the launch of her new book, "Fabric Surface Design".
April 5, 2013
February 27, 2013
Michelle Jose is our newest member from Australia! Woo hoo! She creates great Waldorf inspired toys using felt and fleece. Fun, safe, and a green product!
February 25, 2013
Julaine Lofquist-Birch is a mixed-media artist from Rockford, Illinois. She sews, knits and embroiders and has just started working with nuno felt. Come visit her profile! http://www.tafalist.com/
February 24, 2013
January 4, 2013
January 2, 2013
November 20, 2012
Karen Lukacs, of Tucson, Arizona, does her bit to save the planet! She recycles salvaged materials into new accessories. The beautiful clutch above was made from a man's tie!
October 30, 2012
Which do you prefer?
I used to win prizes as a kid for my scary Halloween costumes, but after I learned about the Day of the Dead, especially how it's celebrated in Mexico, I no longer had any love left for our American version, especially as it gets increasingly violent, bloody, gory, vampire and zombie oriented.
Both are rooted in the traditions of All Hallow's Eve, European festivities that have both pagan and Christian roots, depending on who you read. In Mexico, these got mixed in with Native beliefs where the line between the living and dead was the thinnest at this time. If you were sensitive enough, you just might be able to hear some songs from the past, a longing in the air... thus, why not bring gifts to please the dead? Their favorite drinks, cookies, and other goodies? Just in case they might be able to reach out and have a sip or take a nibble. The Mexican celebration is all about life and enjoyment, where ours embraces darkness and death.
In the late 1800's, Jose Guadalupe Posada popularized the Day of the Dead with his skeleton caricatures. Depicting all kinds of daily scenarios with the skeletons, his work launched a folk art tradition that escalated in the 1940's and continues to this day. Political commentary often lay as a sub-text under the bawdy guise of the ridiculous or humorous.
I especially like the reminder that we are all really the same under the skin: bones with some superficial adornments. Who cares what color your skin or eyes are? How tall or short, whether you still have hair or not. (Teeth might be a good thing to have as a skeleton...) In the end, we all have the same destiny, eh?
Whichever you celebrate, make it safe and fun! Visit our treasury above and shop TAFA!