Here are some of the sites we like:
Aid to Artisans: We create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk.
ATADA (Authentic Tribal Art Dealers): an association of tribal arts dealers, auction houses, museums and collectors dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
Artsy Shark: Marketing and sales tips, inspiration, out-of-the-box ideas and opportunities to grow as a creative entrepreneur. Artsy Shark has regular artist features and many other opportunities on the site.
Craft Industry Alliance: Our mission is to be a trusted source of industry information, creative inspiration, and community for craft professionals. (Make sure to look up their excellent list of resources when you are on their site!)
Artizan Made is a member there and we love all of the work that they do to make our community stronger and more informed. We encourage you to become a member, too, and if you use the links here (intro or banner), we will get a small percentage of your membership fee as a thank you for the referral.
Creative Placemaking Communities: Creative Placemaking Communities helps places become more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, healthy and resilient by supporting people who believe in the power of local arts and culture to shape communities.
Exquisite Uterus Art of Resistance Project: A feminist art project with over 200 contributions by creatives who used the act of embellishing a line drawing of a uterus on plain cloth to articulate their outrage at restrictions to women’s full access to good sexual and reproductive health care.
Fair Trade Federation: The Fair Trade Federation is a trade association of fair trade enterprises fully committed to equitable and sustainable trading partnerships.
Fashion Revolution: A global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.
Fibershed: a non-profit organization that develops equity-focused regional and land regenerating natural fiber and dye systems. Our work expands opportunities to implement climate beneficial agriculture, rebuild regional manufacturing, and connect end-users to the source of our fiber through direct educational offerings. We are transforming the economic and ecologic systems that clothe us to generate equitable and climate change ameliorating textile cultures.
Green America harnesses economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Maiwa: Excellent source for dyes, Indian textiles and workshops. Maiwa was founded by Charllotte Kwon in 1986. They run a retail store on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, along with a School of Textiles, a Foundation, and a substantial online presence. They work primarily with artisans in India.
Social Justice Sewing Academy: SJSA envisions a world where textile art is a catalyst for raising awareness of local and national issues affecting marginalized communities. With each project, SJSA bridges the differences between age, race, and socioeconomic status to facilitate conversations about and encourage action toward social justice issues in households across the country. (Based in California, USA)
Studio Art Quilt Associates: Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”
Surface Design Association (SDA): to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design through member-supported benefits including publications, exhibitions, and conferences.
Sustainable Fashion Alliance: an online platform and community for sustainable entrepreneurs and creatives.
The American Craft Council: a national nonprofit working to keep craft artists and the community connected, inspired, and thriving.
The Flowers Are Burning: A traveling art exhibition and collaborative environmental project. It urges each of us to take immediate action in whatever way we are able, to alleviate the damage of climate change.
UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion: Through the Alliance, the UN commits to changing the path of fashion, reducing its negative environmental and social impacts; and turning fashion into a driver of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Weave a Real Peace: WARP is a catalyst for improving the quality of life of textile artisans worldwide. We are an inclusive global network of individuals and organizations who value the social, cultural, historic, artistic, and economic importance of textile arts.