Every day IFAI and MFA help me in my business. When customers visit Studio 103—my showroom and work space—they see my awards and certification and they can hardly wait to have their project showcased in my photo album or newsletter. Staying connected to IFAI also keeps me abreast of trends and advances in textile technology, and their innovative applications. Other members (many who have become friends) have been good sources for materials, and we often brainstorm with each other to solve a challenging project design.
I also went through the MFC certification process in 2000. The process validated my talent and values but it is also giving focus and purpose to my strengths as I overcome risks and fears regarding the more challenging customer requests—certification and professionalism are linked.