Felt Matters is a 40-page, full-colour journal published 4 times per year in March, June, September and December. Reports of workshops, symposia and international events regularly appear in the journal, as do reviews of books about feltmaking and related textile techniques. It has been the voice of IFA members since 1986.
As member you can show up to five images of your work together with a short biography for everyone to see plus a link to your own website. The gallery gives you a perfect place to expose your talent worldwide.
List your Events
Do you have an upcoming exhibition or workshop? If you are a member you can easily list it in our calendar for all to see, members as well as non-members. Your private workshops and events can also be listed in Felt Matters at reduced rate.
Public / Products Liability Insurance
Public and products liability insurance, for all UK members, is included in membership fee. The scope of the liability insurance cover is broad-ranging, sufficient to cover not just felt, but associated textile work – making, exhibiting, selling, teaching and demonstrating. For a generic certificate download from ‘My Accounts’ tab. For a personalised certificate email:
We regret that we can’t offer this benefit to non-UK members – the insurance company tell us it is not possible under UK law.
From time to time the IFA organises exhibitions open to all members. These exhibitions are sometimes juried, but open exhibition opportunities are also offered. Some exhibitions such as On The Map, Crowning Glory and The Climate is Changing toured international venues and were organised in collaboration with other textile organisations. At a local level, it is possible for members to display work at events where the IFA is represented.
The IFA runs a Facebook page which is added to regularly. This has articles and videos about feltmakers all around the globe, as well as inspiration from other textiles, arts, crafts, and the world around us.
To aid communication between members, the IFA also runs a Members-only Facebook Group, where members can interact and upload images and information. To access this group, log into Facebook and request to become a member. You will need your IFA membership number to join.
As a member you also have a great opportunity meet people who share your interest at our Annual General Meetings, regional events and workshops.
Discounts and Reduced costs
Members receive occasional discounts that we negotiate with different firms and suppliers. Please note that discounts we negotiate may vary from time to time.
Members also benefit from reduced costs to attend IFA workshops, mainly in the UK, where you can learn from the experts.
As members you have full voting rights at the Annual General Meeting and have a say in how the Association is run. The location for the Annual General Meetings vary from year to year and are often held in Europe as well as the UK.