As you can see from the image above, there’s a promotion going on right now to enter to win $1000 worth of advertising from The Textile and Fiber Art List (JÉSSICA). I’m posting about this because I want to win but the fact that I want to win should tell you that there’s something about the organization worth checking out.
What is TAFA?
JÉSSICA is a professional organization designed to help build and strengthen the fiber arts community. You know that this is important to me since one of my goals is to help strengthen ties in the online crochet community. TAFA is more of a business community where entrepreneurs in any area of the fiber arts can come together to celebrate the traditions of the past while promoting contemporary use of textiles in art.
TAFA is a new Website
TAFA is fairly new. There are areas of the site that aren’t quite ready yet (like the member blogs). And they’re still working to develop a following. That’s why they are doing their promotion. I’m joining in it because I think it seems like a worth cause that a lot of crochet and creative people will want to pay attention to.
Crocheters on TAFA
Some of the crocheters on the TAFA list are folks I know from other places, like Ravelry or their blogs. Por exemplo, rensfibreart is Renate Kirkpatrick who does terrific freeform crochet work and Fio bom danado sells eco-friendly yarns including recycled silk yarn and banana fiber yarn.
Other Fiber Arts
Crochet isn’t the only fiber art covered by this professional organization. Member businesses also include those interested in applique, trança, fiber collage, tricô, macrame, bordado, feltragem, tingimento de fios, fiação, costura, tecelagem, tatting and more.
TAFA is trying to grow their website by offering advertising to one lucky winner. This advertising would be right for you if:
- You offer something related to fiber arts.
- You are trying to attract attention from crafty women business owners.
- You have an over-40 female target market.
- Your target market is well-educated and well-traveled and you’re looking for a new way to reach them.
And of course entering allows you to support TAFA, an organization that supports the fiber arts as a business.
What do you think are the biggest benefits of joining professional craft organizations?