A Brief History of Janet De Boer O.A.M.
My life was extremely conventional (?) until overturned radically by the decision to start a textile magazine for Australia & surrounds. Since starting the magazine for TAFTA in 1981 I’ve been able to create my own updates via a regular column, “In Glass Houses”… and November 2010 saw the 100th edition.
While ‘Textile Fibre Forum’ magazine is now owned by ArtWear Publications, I am under contract to them to remain as M.E. (Managing Editor) and couldn’t be happier with that arrangement. So the magazine will remain much the same as in recent years; I get the fun (and stress) of making it, and we move to a more efficient means for its production and distribution.
Feel free to contact me if you want to propose a story for the magazine and/or find out the guidelines for doing so. Deadlines for material for each magazine are well ahead of the date of release and can be found on the CONTENTS page of each issue. They are: 1st Feb for the May/June issue; 1st May for the Aug/Sept issue; 1st Aug for the Nov/Dec issue and 15th October for the Feb/March issue.
I delight in bringing together the facts and the fantasy creations, the history and the hopes, the gamut of the textile arts in fact – all for publication – and Irun a pretty amazing week long FORUM conference too. It is an honour to have been the CEO of TAFTA (I’m also known as “Executive Director” or simply Employee) for over twenty years now.