Over the past 10 years, the organization you have known as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has been providing opportunity to folk artists at the world’s largest market of its kind. Our organization has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. What was born out of Santa Fe as a small grass roots organization focused on one weekend a year, has now grown into a nonprofit empowering international folk artists year-round, as such we have a new name which reflects our expanded work, the International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA.) The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe will always be our flagship program and plans for 2014 Market are well underway!
Allied with the world’s master folk artists, your participation in IFAA results in communities around the world having clean drinking water, girls in school, improved health care and thriving folk art communities. Together, we will continue to create a world that values the humanity of the hand-made, honors timeless cultural traditions, and embraces the vision of dignified livelihoods for folk artists across the globe. And that, after all, is … The Work of Art. Join us.
IFAA Media presents the Silkies of Madagascar
Silk weaving is a way of life in the rugged central highlands of Madagascar. In the beautiful, verdant village of Sandrandahy, Madagascar, a cooperative called Federation Sahalandy carry on the traditional art of spinning, weaving, and dying silk. In the documentary, Judith Espinar, IFAA founder, herself travels to Sandrandahy to meet the Silkies and their families. “Folk artists are the voices of cultures that have been passed down for generations,” she says in the film. The Silkies’ weaving tradition, like many folk arts, is endangered. Its creators are vulnerable, due to gender bias, resource depletion, and poverty. This is a story about a single group of artisans, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a market—but it is also about a greater trend toward the empowerment of women and the survival of traditional art. People like the Silkies, Espinar says, “are the culture bearers.”
This lavishly-illustrated book by Carmella Padilla examines the role of folk artists in the twenty-first century, recognizing their power as creative and socially responsible champions for global change, connection, and cultural sustainability.
Through interviews with folk artists from Mali to Madagascar to Cuba, Peru, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and beyond, Padilla introduces us to individuals and communities who are using their handmade traditions to overcome poverty, gender inequity, environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, and limited opportunities for political, educational, and social advancement.
At the heart of this story is the work of the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which, since its inception in 2004, has become a major force in the personal and economic empowerment of more than a million international folk artists and their communities.
With nearly 200 photographs of folk artists and their creations, including a gallery of images of folk art masterworks, The Work of Art is an elegant and thoughtful examination of folk art and artists that emphasizes its relevance for all who value ideals of beauty, history, diversity, and community.
THE WORK OF ART: Folk Artists in the 21st Century by Carmella Padilla Introduction by Indrasen Vencatachellum Gallery photography by John Bigelow Taylor Principal International Folk Art Market Photography by Judith Cooper Haden, David Moore and Bob Smith 264 pages, 160 images
Published by IFAA Media Distributed by the Museum of New Mexico Press*
Hard cover: $60, Soft cover: $29.95
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