Missouri Fiber Artists’ (MoFA) purpose is to promote statewide communication among  individuals and groups participating in all aspects of fiber arts and to create a vibrant fiber community. Because we’re  enthusiastic about fiber arts we hope to involve others as much as possible in our  activities. We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions. If we haven’t answered your question here, please contact us at info@missourifiberartists.com.

Q: What do fiber arts include? What does a fiber artist do?

A: We are weavers, basket makers, spinners, knitters, quilters, paper makers, surface designers and more! You can see examples of our work in the “MOFA Portfolio” on this website.

Q: I’m a beginner, not really a fiber “artist” yet. Is there a place in MoFA for me?

A: Yes. Even Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) members who have “mastered” a technique were beginners at one time. And, an expert at one skill is probably a novice with another material or medium. We welcome everyone who loves fiber art, no matter your experience level.

Q: I am a fiber enthusiast but don’t produce fiber work of my own. Is there a place in MoFA for me?

A: Membership is open to anyone interested in any of the fiber arts. Our membership includes professionals, amateurs, teachers and novices working in many different disciplines and individuals who love fiber even though they aren’t currently involved in the making of items. Information about joining MoFA is located in the website’s membership section.

Q: My fiber work is functional. Is there a place in MoFA for me? Q: My fiber work is non-functional. Is there a place in MoFA for me?

A: Yes, to both questions. Fiber work in all manifestations is welcome in both informal and formal settings such as exhibitions, workshops, publications, and in informal gettogethers of members. We’re interested in fiber work of any type.

Q: I don’t live in Missouri. Am I able to join MoFA?

A: We encourage all who love fiber, whether you reside in the state of Missouri or beyond, to become active members of Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA). Approximately 10 states are home to MoFA members.

Q: When and where does MoFA meet?

A: Missouri Fiber Artists meets once a year. There is a conference (with an exhibition, keynote speaker, fashion show, and workshops) in even calendar years. In odd calendar years, we meet for a retreat, which is less formal. The venues for conferences and retreats vary though out the state. There may also be meetings organized by your regional representative. Check the interactive calendar for an up-to-date listing and to submit your events for others to access.

Q: When do I pay my dues?

A: Membership is yearly, on a renewal basis.  Members can join at any time of the year and dues are paid at that time.  Current members may renew their membership online.

Q: Can I pay my dues on line?

A: Yes, the access to on-line dues payment can be found in the membership section.

Q: I’ve just joined MoFA. Now what happens?

A: You’ll receive an acknowledgement, a welcome to MoFA, and a printed membership directory from the Membership Chair. You’ll begin receiving the quarterly newsletter and periodic email notifications of activities. You’ll be eligible to show work in member’s exhibitions and fashion shows and to enter juried competitions. You may apply for a scholarship to attend a workshop or conference. The application for scholarships is in the “Members Only” section.

Q: How do I access the “Members Only” section of the website.

A: The ‘members only” section of the website can be accessed with the username and password you set up when joining MoFA.

Q: Do I get a membership card?

A: While some organizations do issue membership cards, MoFA does not. We do, however, prepare a name tag which identifies you by name as a MoFA member. The name tag is magnetic and is not damaging to garments. We encourage you to wear it at MoFA events. It may be handy to use at other events when a name tag would be helpful.

Q: Is there a Membership Directory?

A: Yes. You will receive a printed directory when you join. You’ll also be able to access an up-to-date listing in the “Members Only” section of the website.

Q: Can I register for the conference and the retreat on-line and pay for my registration on-line?

A: Yes, check the events tab for conference and retreat information and payment specifics.

Q: Does MoFA sponsor exhibitions?

A: Yes. There is usually a membership exhibition in conjunction with the biennial conference. An informal exhibition of member work is usually included in the retreat activities as well. In addition, Speaking of Fibers, a St. Louis-based MoFA juried exhibition often coincides with the Innovations in Textiles celebration. Other recent opportunities have included juried exhibitions at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and at Capital Arts in Jefferson City. A current project, Pairings, which involves exploratory work between pairs of artists will be exhibited in several locations in 2015. Approximately 80 MoFA members are involved in Pairings.

Q: How do I enter a MoFA juried exhibition?

A: Announcements of exhibitions come via the newsletter, the website, Facebook postings, and periodic email notifications. The call for entry will give you the most complete and official information about the exhibition. You may want to read the article, “Getting to know the Call for Entry” which was published in the Winter 2014 newsletter.

Q: How do I know what’s going on?

A: Check the interactive calendar for statewide and local events. You’ll be able to submit your events via the interactive calendar.  Link to Interactive Calendar

Q: How do I spread the word about an event or call for entry?

A: You have several options for publicizing activities:

Q: MoFA exhibitions usually ask for an artist statement. Do you have any suggestions for writing an artist statement?

A: Yes, check out the Fall 2014 MoFA newsletter for ideas.

Q: What do I need to know to host a regional MoFA exhibit?

A: You’ll find suggestions in the Fall 2014 MoFA newsletter.

Q: You mention exhibitions. Are there other ways in which I can “show off” what I’m doing?

A: Yes. Fashion shows are usually included at both the conference and the retreat. You could volunteer to teach a workshop or present a program at either event or for a regional meeting. Informal gatherings at the retreat are perfect for exchanging ideas and techniques. You may want to write an article for the newsletter. Your work could be included in the “Member’s Monthly Portfolio” on the website. And, your website should be included in the “Links” section of the website. Write to info@missourifiberartists for current information on being included in both.

Q: How can I become involved in MoFA?

A: Opportunities are varied, all the way from attending a retreat or conference or regional meeting to running for office or serving on the Board in a volunteer position. Check the member tab to further explore ways of becoming involved. Some other examples include writing an article for the newsletter, volunteering to help a committee chair, or becoming a regional representative.

Q: I’m considering serving on the MoFA Board as an officer or a committee chair. How do I find out what each job entails?

A: Two good sources exist. First, ask the person currently holding the position you are considering. Ask what tasks are included as part of the job, what skills are needed, and what benefits come from being involved in the position. Each officer and committee chair keeps a notebook of documents and action plans. It would be helpful to see that notebook. Second, check the job descriptions in the “Members Only” section. You’ll find a complete list of tasks for that position.

Q: What does a regional representative do?

A: Missouri is divided into eight regions. An additional region includes members living outside Missouri. Volunteers within each region assume leadership for that area. Regional representatives promote MoFA and the fiber arts locally. They may organize regional activities, write news articles for the MoFA newsletter and for their local newspapers, or speak to local organizations about fiber art and MoFA activities. More information can be found under the leadership tab.

Q: You’ve mentioned the “Members Only” section several times. What is in that section?

A: Items include MoFA’s Constitution, the By-Laws, an up-to-date membership directory, complete copies of the newsletter, and the application for scholarships. Other items may be added as need arises.

Q: Does MoFA have presence on social media?

A: Yes,  you can “like” Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA) on Facebook and can contact the Facebook administrator at webeditor@missourifiberartists.org. Missouri Fiber Artists’ Facebook site includes the (MoFA) abbreviation as a part of the name, with the complete name being “Missouri Fiber Artists (MoFA).”

Q: Does MoFA sponsor exhibitions?

A: Yes. Usually there is a membership exhibition in conjunction with the biennial conference, and an informal exhibition of member work is included in the retreat activities as well, both unjuried. In addition, Speaking of Fibers, A St Louis-based MoFA, juried exhibition, is presented in odd numbered years. Other recent opportunities have included Pairings, a traveling show, Here and There and 12×12 By MoFA, all unjuried members’ shows.

Typically there are 2 shows per year, where all members can enter, plus additional regional shows

Q: How do I spread the word about an event or call for entry?

A: All calls for entry and events that are sanctioned by MoFA, must be presented to MoFA’s Board of Directors. A form is to be completed and presented. That form is available from the Exhibitions committee. Exhibitions will help you complete the form and will help you make the presentation to the board. Click on the envelope below Exhibitions on the Leadership page to request a form.
Presentations will be made at Board meetings. Or when a quick response is required, an electronic board meeting will be called to address the request.
 Shows and events that you would like to advertise, but are not MoFA sanctioned events, may be advertised, see below.
via the publicity chair— publicity@missourifiberartists.org
via the web editor—webeditor@missourifiberartists.org 
Submit to your regional rep for Facebook postings. Click on the envelope below to request their info.

Q: What do I need to know to host a regional MoFA exhibit?

A: All MoFA sanctioned shows begin with the completion of a form, available from Exhibitions, and acceptance by MoFA’s Board of Directors. See contact info for Exhibitions by clicking the envelope under exhibitions on the Leadership page.

Q: Can I register for the conference and the retreat online and pay for my registration online?

A: Check the events tab for conference and retreat information and payment specifics.

Q: MoFA exhibitions usually ask for an artist statement. Do you have any suggestions for writing an artist statement?

A: Yes, check out the Spring 2017 Newsletter for ideas.