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My name is Cindy Richard. I am a mother of three, a wife and a passionate quilter.   I grew up in NY and have a degree in English literature. Right after college, I worked as a production supervisor in publishing, doing color correcting on press. That's where I learned about color.

Nearly twenty years ago I followed my heart and together with my family moved to Israel. I was working as a technical writer until a year ago when the company closed.

I saw the end of my job as an opportunity to follow my passion for quilting and pursue it as a full-time career. I have been quilting for more than 15 years.  I teach quilting classes locally, which I find very fulfilling. I attend classes offered by other quilters and network with other crafters and people involved in small businesses.

I find the more I share, the more I learn. I look forward to being part of TAFA and exchanging ideas. Feel free to contact me and visit my website

Artist's statement:  My art is a combination of functionality and beauty. Being surrounded by beauty raises people's spirits and outlook. I try to create harmony utilizing vibrant colors and fabric, resulting in usable full-size quilts as well as wall hangings. In time, each piece composed of fine and soft cottons acquires an heirloom, antique look.

My quilting interests have changed over the last 15 years. I have always gravitated toward less traditional techniques, using muted colors, varying tones and three-dimensional perspective to achieve an impressionistic quality. I love the idea that I can use fabric to paint a scene with depth. I feel I can cross into the mountains I piece and bask in the sunlight.

I am especially drawn to scenes from places that have touched my life and journeys I have made. These are often reflected in my work, making each piece unique. I strive towards high quality and hope my art adds warmth and serenity in every home it is shown.

Location:  Beit Shemesh, Israel
Online shops:  cindyrquilts on Etsy
Blog:  cindyrquilts
  Internet Jewish Quilters
  Israel Quilters Association
Languages spoken:
  English, Hebrew 

Quilts and Accessories by CindyRQuilts

Tags:  quilt, landscape, scene, fiber, art, dimension, depth, color, thread paint

LUKE Haynes

I am a quilter working to push fabric and textile art into the forefront of fine arts consciousness. I have shows across the country and make commission quilts for families and businesses and museums the world over. I am wanting to work with stores and quilters and exhibition spaces to promote Quilting and blow the roof off the industry. I am living in Seattle and working all over the country. I have shows coming up and coming down all the time. I want to do more. Lets talk Quilts.

Artist's statement: My background in architecture led to an interest in the idea that form followed function, and quilts have both form and function implicit in their historical past and utilitarian design.

I have been experimenting with the ways that fabric can be used to create images while still maintaining its foundation of use and function.

I construct works by piecing together colors, images and textures with the intention of a final product that has implicit process as well as contextual imagery. A quilt is the product of a tactile and additive process. An internal layer of batting retains heat; quilted stitches maintain its structure through use and wear; patterns of thread and fabric reference a long tradition of craft and construction. I use these notations of an existing process to ground my work in a traditional practice.

Working in series, my quilts engage the binary views of intensely layered issues within American culture, exploring figural images referencing gender roles, nostalgia and iconography through the constructed quilted fields. I am inspired by the dialogue between audience and artist.

The imagery for my work often comes from the communities they are shown in, ideas from my experience or questionnaires I create to inquire after a specific response to a query. These subjects act as a means of reflecting the dueling public and private nature of nostalgia, utility, or notions of comfort. My current work engages ideas of green practice and sustainability by working with used clothes and donated materials as my palette.

My goal is to engage the seams between art and craft, form and function, space and materiality, while advancing the art of quilt making in contemporary culture.

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Alliance for American Quilts [.org]
BurdaStyle [.com]
Languages spoken: English

"On My Bed #3" Self Portrait Quilt by LUKE Haynes

Tags: Quilts, Recycle, textile, art, sew, exhibition, museum, famous, gallery, lecture

Jane Deane, Naturally

I am a textile designer producing a range of items from dyed fibres for handspinners, through handspun yarns, to finished woven  items.  I teach spinning, natural dyeing and weaving throughout the UK and abroad and am co-author, with Alison Daykin, of Creative Spinning.

I love textiles, creating them, turning fibre into yarn, yarn into beautiful coloured skeins, coloured skeins into woven items. A beautifully presented feast will not always make my mouth water, but a basket of beautifully coloured wool will have me drooling in seconds!

I have a studio at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity,  and work from there and from home. My work has been exhibited in many galleries in the UK and is currently in the Duchy Square Gallery Shop and The Art Chapel, Moretonhampstead, Devon.

Artist's statement:  In addition to my passion for creating textiles and passing on my skills, I seek to minimise the negative impact I have on the environment. I have changed my practice to using natural dyes, a restricted range of mordants and using my skills and knowledge of the dyestuffs and colours to create the effects I want rather than relying on a chemical to do it for me. I fully realise that 'natural' does not necessarily equate to 'safe' so am cautious about my materials, processes and techniques.

I use natural fibres and am actively concerned with the current Campaign for Wool, a movement supporting the greater use of wool and the reduction of synthetic fibres in the environment.

Location:  United Kingdom
   Textile Forum South West
   Crafts Council
Other Social Media:  Linked In
Languages spoken:  English

Textile Designs by Jane Deane of Naturally

Tags:  spindle, dyepot, indigo, warp, weft, silkworm, spinning wheel, carders, woolcombs, shuttle


Hello, I'm Bernadette. As a teenager I learned to sew and was educated as a crafts teacher.  I worked for years with a collective where we sold our own designs and unique lady's clothing.  To have an outlet for my creativity my next logical step was to start working for a circus and design and make costumes.

Around 1990 I started to knit and crochet again, in my free time. I learned it at a very young age from my mother.  I found this so inspirational that I opened my Etsy shop in 2008 to have a place to share my creations.  I make shawls, shrugs and capelets. In my newest creations, I insert pearls.

While I knit or crochet, all kinds of ideas pop up in my head.  Inspired by color, yarn or a texture from my enviroment. I also convert my designs to patterns.

Artist's statement:  I love the magic when with only a hook, two needles and yarn something beautiful arises.

Location:  Groningen, The Netherlands
Online shops:
Memberships:  Ravelry
Languages spoken:  Dutch, English and German 

Pearl Shawl by Berniolie

Tags:  Knitting, crochet, shawls, shrugs, patterns, gems, yarn, thread, accessories, unique

Susan Shinnick Textiles and Clothing

I have been making clothing and textiles for 20 years.
I hand dye and hand print my textiles. I create my own silk screens using images of prairie plants, birds and other patterns.  I also knit, sometimes with my hand dyed yarns.

I have a studio and store in the charming little town of West Branch, Iowa, about 10 minutes from Iowa City where I live.

I am currently open limited hours so that I can keep making stuff.

Artist's statement:  I am a maker.  I like to create beautiful things to wear and use.

Location:  Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Online Shop:  susanshinnick
Brick and mortar shop:  West Branch, Iowa, about 10 minutes from Iowa City.
Languages spoken:   English

Coat:  Assembled from vintage quilt blocks, over dyed, 
printed and quilted, all by Susan Shinnick

Tags:  hand dyed, hand printed, screen printed, linen, silk, clothing, functional, variegation, pattern


I am IngerMaaike and fiber is my medium. All kinds of fiber: from silk to leather, from cotton to wool and everything in between. 
I sew clothes from my own designs, knit on my very old and trusty knitting machine (again designing everything myself), felt luxurious scarves and home decor, spin yarn, dye fabric, silk and wool and have even been seen to construct leather boots, which I still wear to this day.   :)
In all of my endeavours one thing has always been the main focus: the very best materials. This is what drove me to start creating for myself:  I could not afford what I desired, so there was no option but to learn to make it myself.

Over the years, my skills have expanded to cover a range of fiber which gives me the chance to combine and expand the knowledge further with each passing moment.  Each day brings me new joy in creating.  I love what I do as well as sharing the knowledge I have built up over the years.

Artist's statement:  To learn and to always be open to new experiences, to share beauty and smiles.

Location:  SørFron, Oppland, Norway
Online shop:  ingermaaike
Blog:  ingermaaike
Other social media:  Tumblr, Twitter  
Languages spoken:  Dutch, English, Norwegian

 Felted shawl by IngerMaaike

Tags:  fiber, felt, wool, fabric, silk, handdyed, nuno, scarf, art, nature

Goose Tracks Quilts

I made my first quilt in the early 1980's - a simple traditional design using fabric squares individually cut from templates, hand pieced and hand quilted. In 1992 I started my business, Goose Tracks Quilts, making traditional quilts and quilted accessories. 

In 1999 I created my website and my business evolved into making primarily custom memory and memorial quilts.  Over the years, I've made quilts for people all over the United States and around the world. 

Artist's Statement:  While I enjoy working with people to create custom one of a kind quilts, I have an increasing interest in learning the design elements and construction techniques that go into making art quilts.  I look forward to developing my skills and creating my own designs in fiber art.

Location:  Broadalbin, New York, USA
Online shops:  
Other social media:  Twitter
Languages spoken:  English

 Memory Quilts by Goose Tracks Quilts

Tags:  memory quilts, wall, baby and lap quilts, New York, custom design, consignment, made to order

Dorthe K Rasmussen

Hello.  I was born and raised with my mother's tailoring shop.  Work with fabric and textile techniques have always fascinated and attracted me. 

In 2006 I published the book ""Ornaments and Oomph"" where you can see more on my work. I have had a creative workshop since 2007, where people come and work with the craft items they want. I freelance, participate in fairs -in the hobby - textile company and magazine.  I especially love to work with textile techniques and constantly explore new combinations and develop working methods. 

I also design prom and bridal accessories for guests - individual pieces to order. Feel free to contact me if you think there is anything I can help you with. Information about what I do - if you want to work with a thing, or something you want me to design.

Last but not least, if you plan to visit South Denmark, come and visit my workshop!  It is located at a campsite, so you can also go camping for a night or several weeks. When you're campers, you work for free at the workshop - you only pay for your material consumption ;-)
Hugs, Dorthe

Artist's Statement:  I work / love / is ....   as non-commercial as possible.
I attempt to recycle and care for the consumption of materials as much as possible, with the intention of using even the smallest remnants.  I am outgoing and friendly, open as a creative soul who enjoys contact with others with similar interests.

Location:  Årøsund, Haderslev, Denmark
Blog:  gammelbro
Languages spoken:  Danish, "reasonable" English, and a little German 

"Ornaments and Oomph" by Dorthe K. Rasmussen

Tags: Felting, flowers, silk, wool, fabric manipulation, workshops, author

Barbara Harms - Asian Art And Quilts

I'm a quilt artist in the beautiful state of Oregon.
I was a painter for years but have transitioned to fiber art.
I opened an Etsy shop and although it has been open less than a year, I have had some success and appreciation for what I am doing. Several museums have contacted me about my art. I get lot of emails from people who enjoy it.

I have my own distinct style and viewpoint.
I gravitate towards vibrant color and the strong design of abstract art.

Artist's statement:  I love bold color and the way different combinations make each color Pop when they come together. I like the strong statement of abstract art.  It is so wonderful to be able to do what you love and receive some recognition for it!

Location:  Dallas, Oregon, USA
Online shop:  AsianArtAndQuilts 
Languages spoken:  English

Art Quilt by Barbara Harms, "Jelly Fish"

Tags:  abstract, art quilt, silk painting, textile, quilts, modern, fiber



I have always been fascinated by colours and I am often surprised by how little colour there is in the world of every day fashion.

On the other hand, I am all too aware of the disposable mass consumption the world indulges in, along with all it's vices.

So at 36, I decided it was time for a change:

I am determined to create a fashion company that  focuses on creating colourful fashion accessories that are 100% hand-made, timeless designs and made to last. No more cheap throwaways!

The other big part of the equation is the social impact: Why just run a business for profit, when you can do so much more?

The driving force behind my creativity is the knowledge that I can provide employment and fair wages to rural artisans, re-invest in their communities and educate them about business.

I am very passionate about what I do. I enjoy sharing ideas and meeting other social entrepreneurs, the more the merrier! 
-Ingrid Vercruyssen

Mission:  Lilou is all about Slow Fashion.

We are devoted to making colourful, long-lasting accessories that will brighten your world. We are passionate about every piece that we create.

We believe in craftsmanship and the value of handmade. We believe in style over fashion. Every piece must be beautiful, elegant and functional.

We live for making beautiful things, but we are careful to ensure they are beautiful all-around.

We work closely with our artisan communities, providing training, ensuring fair wages and fair work rules. We share our profits with our artisans, who take enormous pride in their work and help us be who we are.

Location:  United Kingdom and Cambodia
Online Shops:  
Blog:  liloultd
Other social media:  Twitter 
Languages spoken:  English and French

Fair trade handmade accessories from Cambodia.
By Lilou.

Tags:  handwoven, hand dyed, colorful, fair wages, scarves, handbags, Cambodia, merino, silk, accessories

Linda Robertus

My name is Linda Robertus. I am Dutch, but I have been living in Brisbane, Australia with my family since March 2007.

I started quilting in 2006, when I was expecting our third son. After a year of making quilts for my children I slowly moved into the 'art quilt scene'. An online screen printing class in 2009 (with Lyric Kinard at Quilt University) has heavily influenced my work, as has the fact that my oldest son joined a gymnastics club around the same time. My series of gymnastics quilts is still not finished! Recently, I have started using cyclists in my quilts. I am currently working on a second cycling quilt.

I like to try other techniques and materials from time to time, such as lutradur, lino printing, making a quilt based on a photo (photography is another passion, and I keep a daily photo blog)... And I love optical illusions and will try from time to time to capure them in a quilt!

In 2008 I founded Art Quilts Around the World; an international group where each member makes a quilt to a designated theme four times a year.
My online shops are Blue Jacaranda, on MadeIt (the Australian Etsy)  and on Etsy where I sell small handmade items. I also design and sell fabric on Spoonflower.

Location:  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Online shops:
   Quilt blog: lindarobertus
   Online art quilt group: aroundtheworldin20quilts
Languages spoken:  Dutch, English, German, French and a little Italian

Gymnastic Quilt Series by Linda Robertus

Tags:  art quilts, surface design, printing, thermofax, gymnastics, sports

Inkyspider - Morgen Bardati

My name is Morgen Bardati and I am a textile artist and designer living in the mountainous Kootenay region of British Columbia in Canada. My home is in a tiny village nestled next to the Slocan Lake across from the beautiful pristine wilderness of Valhalla Park.

I enjoy working with a mixed media of traditional and innovative textile design techniques on natural fibers including cotton, linen, hemp, silk and wool. I use dye, shibori, screen printing, painting, sewing and piecing to transform cloth into garments, accessories, housewares and bags.  My passion for the environment inspires me to make use of repurposed fabric as much as possible in my clothing and accessories.

Artist's Statement:  My early inspiration comes from first memories: the red dirt, bold patterns and vibrancy of Africa where I was born and raised.  I am  inspired by nature, culture, pattern and geometry.

My designs have a universal, personal and tribal resonance. I like to design garments and textiles that celebrate our cultural diversity and our connection to nature. I express this through vibrant and earthy colour, pattern, movement and texture. Many of the techniques and materials used in my textiles have roots in cultural traditions used worldwide. It is important to me that we preserve these traditions from cultural extinction so that we may continue to expand on them with new innovations and personal expression.

I began as a mixed media painter and printmaker, receiving my arts education in South Africa. I had been working with surface designed textiles for 18 years, doing mostly t-shirts for markets and fairs. In 2005 I decided to really make the switch from painting to fiber arts and attended the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC where I took courses in pattern drafting, clothing design, and reconstruction techniques. I enjoy deconstructing discarded jackets and coats and redesigning them, adding new linings and usually some accents of surface design techniques. I continue to explore organic fabrics and natural source dyes.

Location: New Denver,British Columbia,Canada
Online shop:  inkyspider
Other social media:  Twitter
   Surface Design Association
   Total Art Soul
Languages spoken:  English

 Japanese Inspired Tunic designed and constructed
by Morgen Bardati

Tags: surface design, shibori, screenprinting, hand dyed, natural fiber, reconstructed, wearable art, canada, nature inspired, geometry

Alison Yule Textiles

I'm an award winning textile designer, hand weaving fabrics for interiors and apparel.  I'm in love with weaving and have been passionate about it since I was 8 years old!

Hallmarks of my work are rich textures, unusual colour combinations and simple clean designs.  Products can include cushions, wall panels, window panels, throws, rugs and fabric lengths.  If you're looking for some home detailing that is unique to you then give me a call or email.

Artist's Statement:   I create art pieces for the wall in my hand woven fabrics, that fuse contemporary design with traditional fibres and techniques.  Each piece is richly textured, but with a simplicity of design that sits very comfortably in a contemporary setting

Passionate about using natural fibres with simple, traditional weaves, I like to give the pieces impact by incorporating areas of texture and unusual colour combinations.  At present, I am working with plain weave (the simplest weave construction), weaving with over twisted yarns to give areas of pile or using very textured yarns in areas of inlay over the plain weave, to produce my decorative wall panels. 

My inspiration can come from almost anywhere, but I'm particularly drawn to nature and my local landscapes.  Plants and flowers, whether exotic or grown locally have always excited me, and the challenges of transferring a 3 dimensional form into, what is essentially, a 2 dimensional canvas are what I thrive on!

Recently, I have been exploring the use of plain weave with linen and inlayed texture, dyeing my yarns to give very ethereal lighting effects, inspired by the light on water and through foliage, at different times of the day or night!  These will be woven into  decorative, but functional pieces to be displayed in windows or as room dividers.

Other concepts I'm exploring are the use of plain weave and texture to produce representations of portraits as simple, woven line drawings of the body or as simple comic like images of the face.

Location:  Willington, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Online shop:  alison yule textiles
Other social media:  
   Textile Society
   Design Factory
 Languages spoken: 

Euonymus Panel 3 (wool with textured wool detail)
Weaving by Alison Yule Textiles

Tags: hand woven fabrics, contemporary woven fabrics, weave, woven art, contemporary woven art, hand weaving, wool fabrics

Floating Stone Silks

Floating Stone is my impossible dream in action.  My name is Lynda Drury and I work with artisan enterprises in Cambodia to produce stunning contemporary silk accessories. The silks are unique pieces that embellish and style up a wardrobe. They come in spectacular luminous colours with the defining properties of hand woven, handcrafted works of art. They embody traditional artisan techniques that have jumped right out of the box! We strive towards highly marketable designer silks and a sustainable enterprise. Our designs are co-creations, using ancient Cambodian skills, their amazing fashion savvy and our design and market knowledge.

Floating Stone’s designer product line includes wraps, scarves, stoles, bags (hand bags, shoulder bags, knitting bags…), purses (evening, day, wallets, wristlets…), along with totes for everything and for specifics, like jewelry. We create everything silk, from wedding accessories to products made specifically to utilize silk scraps.

Most importantly, Floating Stone puts people before profits. We only work with those committed to a better way of life for Cambodians. We work business to business and share our lives, families, hopes and dreams. Currently, we are partnering with one of our producers in a sustainable agriculture project. The project is designed to create small vegetable gardens for food and income production as well as to develop capacity for advocacy for social justice within the community’s leadership. Our dream is to work up to producing our own silk supply, and to invite artists to travel to Cambodia to share creative embellishment techniques with our producer groups. They are hungry for new ideas and short on resources for explorations. 
We are proud to tell you that many of our products are available  through the  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. We hope to add more galleries to this list. Floating Stone Silks are also available through a  variety of Unique Retail Outlets, including Fashion and Gift Shops, Hotels, Spas and Galleries on Vancouver Island, surrounding Islands and Lower Mainland. Email for outlets close to you.  For anyone in the Courtenay area, you are welcome to visit my studio. Email me for the address.
Mission:  People before Profit

Location:  Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Online shop:  Floating Stone Silks
Other social media:  Twitter
   World Fair Trade Organization
   Fair Trade Federation
   TransFair Canada
Languages spoken:  English
 Fairly Traded Cambodian Silk Accessories
from Floating Stone Silks

Tags:  Silk, Fair Trade, unusual scarves, shawls, Cambodia, fashion, handbags, accessories

Inside Outside Art

I grew up with a mother, grandmother and aunts who were skilled quilters and seamstresses willing to share their knowledge.  No matter how hard I tried, my work did not come out as perfect as theirs.  I loved fabric, fibers, color and texture. I tried many different crafts - quilting, embroidery, silk dying, knitting, crocheting  and weaving.   I finally came to the realization that all my work did not have to be perfect. In fact, I liked the idiosyncrasies of my work. I call what I do now "unconventional embroideries."   I finally feel like I have come home. This is where I belong and creating completes me.

Artist's statement:  I chose the name, Inside Outside Art because I felt it described me. I'm a little quirky and I don't always fit inside a box. My work is a little quirky. It's not your standard traditional embroidery.
-Regina Westmoreland

Location:  Benicia, California, USA
Online shop:  insideoutsideart
   Fiber Art/Mixed Media Art
   Stitchin Fingers
   Hand Embroidery Network
Languages spoken:  English

Embroidery by Regina Westmoreland, aka "Inside Outside Art"

Tags:  Embroidery, Etsy, Fabric Art, Textile Art, One of a Kind, Colorful, Handmade, Beaded, Embellished


I am a 34 year old mother of two. 
I am a jack of all trades kind of crafter.
I started needle felting a little over 2 years ago, but put it aside until now.
I have also been crocheting and knitting for many years.

I am a Felting artist.  I make custom and original needle felt sculptures and paintings for you. 

Needle felting is an involved process that was used over 100 years ago.  It involves taking unspun wool and poking it thousands of times with a special needle to make shapes.

I love the old school feel whenever I make a sculpture.  Even though the tools and techniques are more modern you can never shake that feeling:)

I research all commissions with your pictures and pictures from Google and Yahoo.  Nothing is copied.  Pictures are used for reference only.  Every piece is carefully handmade.  It is a long process but the results are the beautiful sculptures and paintings you see here.

Artist's Statement:  All things Fibre, Made from the Heart-FibreHeart.  

Location:  Ontario, Canada
Online shop:  firbreheart
Social media:  Twitter
Languages spoken:  English

Needle Felted Pets by FibreHeart

Tags:  Needle felt, dogs, wool, pet lovers, handmade, sculptures, OOAK, cats, pets, gifts

Sturee Tribal Village

Sturee Tribal Village is a retail gallery of ethnic and tribal textiles, carvings, beads, jewelry, carpets and other crafts. As the retail outlet of Afghan Tribal Arts, most of the collection comes from Afghanistan and its neighbors, but other areas of the world, especially Africa, are also represented. Located in the heart of Pendleton's historic downtown Square, it is convenient to other shops and restaurants. The gallery opened in 2008 and has quickly become a sought-after source for handmade crafts from Central Asia.

Afghan Tribal Arts has become known for its extensive collection of hand carved beads made of semi-precious stones found in Afghanistan: lapis lazuli, carnelian, jade, onyx, serpentine, fluorite and much more. Sturee Tribal Village gives testimony to other beautiful traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. We invite you to come and visit! 

Location:  Pendleton, South Carolina, USA
Online Shop:  Afghan Tribal Arts
Languages spoken: English, Pashtu, Farsi, Urdu, a bit of Uzbeki 

 Sturee Tribal Village, Pendleton, SC

Sturee Tribal Village in Pendleton, SC (USA)

Tags:  gallery, tribal textiles, cultural textiles, beads, ethnographic, ethnic textiles, Central Asian, African, carpets, vintage


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