In March, I finally discovered the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists (LAFTA), a group of Louisville artists who work in such areas as art quilts; hand or machine embroidery; fabric painting; stenciling and stamping; batik and Shibori dyeing; felting; paper making; multi-media; on or off-loom weaving; tapestry; and beading. The group was founded in 1995, but I had never heard of it. Alas, I am a child of the web, and this organization has not developed an online presence.

LAFTA’s mission is to “provide ongoing support and information to its members and to increase community awareness of the broad field of fiber arts.” Its membership is around 100-strong. They hold a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Home of the Innocents. I attended the March 20 meeting, and I decided to join the organization almost as soon as I sat down. 

The meeting included all the basic things one would expect–old businesss and new, but I also learned about the work the group had done with the Speed Museum for the Gees Bend exhibit. I had a chance to see the work of other members during a “show and tell” period, and I heard about exhibits and events in the Louisville area that would be of interest to any textile or fiber artist.

The members are friendly, supportive, talented and fun. I think the $25 per year membership costs will be well-worth the investment — just to see what these artists are doing.

The group sets up a number of workshops each year and has one or two art exhibits, housed at different locations. Currently, LAFTA has an exhibit at the Jewish Community Center.

I will provide more information about the group as I learn more about it. If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact me, haendiges@gmail.com

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