Finding fiber artists in the Caribbean is not as easy as I thought it would be. There are artists galore down there, but fiber artists, floor loom and tapestry weavers, in particular, maybe not so much.
In turning over the web, it was astonishing and even exciting to learn that the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) offers fiber arts as an examination subject. Once upon a time, in another life, I was a CXC examiner, Literature, English B syllabus. Some of the student answers were riotously funny, wrong, but funny.
Anyway, having discovered the lack of a specifically floor loom and tapestry weaving fiber arts community in the Caribbean, I decided to set up Caribbean Fiber Arts, CaFA, to promote interest in and to educate concerning those two.
If CaFA takes off, like I hope it does, one day, we will be able to invite foreign weavers to have workshops in the Caribbean, have juried and non-juried exhibitions showcasing the efforts of Caribbean weavers, offer classes and internships, have looms made out of local hard woods, to name a few things.
I hope the word spreads and other Caribbeanites, like me, would join and make something of CaFA. There’s a membership fee for CaFA, and that is necessary to achieve the promotional and educational aims, amongst other things.