Hi hookstars ... (totally love that appellation and am going to appropriate it for my own use here!) ... I just wanted to let you know about the TAFA organization in case you haven't heard about it yet. It is a networking and marketing organization for fiber artists. They accept fiber artists of all kinds but are definitely looking specifically for awesome crocheters doing cool work.
Now, don't get scared away by the term "fiber artists". I've had many, many conversations with crocheters from all different walks of life and I've learned that we all use different words to define what we do ... and there are phrases that some of us are uncomfortable with. So maybe you're a maker, a crafter, a hooker, an artist, an Etsy owner ... whatever you want to call it ... if you work with crochet and you are selling either your patterns or your products then for these intents and purposes you are a fiber artist!
Okay, with that out of the way, I'll tell you a little bit more about TAFA. Fiber artists who sell their work and have a good online presence with quality photos for what they sell are welcome to join this group. Membership means that you get a nicely marketable profile page. It also means that you are connected to a lot of different fiber artists from all walks of life. It's kind of like the marketing/networking benefits that us pro Hookey members get but instead of just being crocheters you'll be networking with all different types of fiber artists. (Don't get me wrong; I LOVE the crochet focus here on Hookey but if you're a business-minded artist then you may want to explore multiple options!)
I'm telling you about this now because TAFA is offering the readers of my blog a discount on their membership fee this week. Interested fiber artists can get 25% off of the $75 cost of membership, making the membership a little less than $60. That's a one-time fee, not something that must be renewed. The deal runs through Sunday June 24th. You can get it here.
Now in the interest of full transparency here, I'll tell you that I am not a member of TAFA. That's because I currently don't sell anything. But there are some crocheters on there whose names you might recognize, like Renate Kirkpatrick, and I think that their work looks really good on their profile pages. So while I can't say 100% for sure how awesome TAFA is, I can say that I think it seems like it looks like a really good spot to share your work, get support from other fiber artists and support others within that community. And even if you decide you don't want to sign up and get the deal, it might be worth checking out the TAFA website just to see all of the cool things fiber artist are creating there.