"All the Time in the World" by TAFA Member Marcia H. Eygabroat
TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List was launched a year ago on January 31st. Those of you who follow this blog will have seen many other posts that I have done about TAFA and its members. (Click TAFA for past posts) Now at 229 members, we have grown into a vibrant, international organization with an active core group of members. I wanted to see what we looked like on a map to get a physical idea of our growth and location, so I spent the last several days entering all of us on to a google map. It's quite fascinating to see us this way!
One of the things that struck me is how remote some of our members are, far away even from a small town. And, this is where the internet clearly allows us to live anywhere and still be connected to a global community. This has really changed our ability to do business with something that we love even if we do not have ready access into a local market. It's also such an incredible tool for developing relationships and friendships with people who live so far away. The other side of the coin is that I think that many of our members will be surprised that they have TAFA members living very close to them. People they met online are actually neighbors!
Jump in and take a look around! You might find some TAFA neighbors yourself. The pins are not on exact locations, but close. Zoom into the places where there are clusters so that you can see the individual pins. When you click on them, a photo pops up along with a link to their TAFA member profile.
Share this map with your people. Remember that all of our members are looking for customers. There are many reasons people buy something: because it matches something, it's a must-have, it supports a cause, or it comes from somewhere meaningful. You will find each member's contact info in their member profile. Support them with their online shops, their galleries, and their projects. TAFA members are talented and excel at what they do.