In all my work, I am keenly committed to using found objects and recycled materials. Over the years, I have enjoyed turning junk into treasures - old windows into garden art; colourful rags into beautiful rugs; buttons and bits of hardware into delightful suncatchers. Lately, my passion has turned to textiles - and my work now primarily includes primitive/traditional rug hooking.
I'm getting ready for what I hope will be a busy market and festival season. My first day at the Lakefield Farmers Market is June 28th and I continue, every Thursday, until Labour Day. As well, I'm looking forward to taking part in the Chandos Lake Art Festival, June 30th at the Lakeview Marina. Below are two new hooked rugs - hot off the hoop! Both have been hooked with wool on burlap.
Dramatic "hit or miss" statement piece for small space Measures 26 1/2" square. $300
Large "hit or miss" geometric Measures 36" x 24" $400
I've been working happily, but feverishly, in anticipation of a busy festival and market season. This Sunday (May 6), I'll be taking part in the first event of the season - The Willow Spring Artisan Show in Duoro, Ontario - a lovely hamlet just east of Lakefield. I'll be at the Lakefield Farmers Market throughout July and August, and will also be at the Chandos Lake Art Festival on Saturday, June 30.
It's been a nasty April - cold, snow, freezing rain, ice .... and of course, a power outage. How grateful I am that I was able to fill my days working on several new pieces for the upcoming market season. Thankfully the sun is now shining, and warmer weather is promised over the next few days. I'm sure everyone's spirits will soon be lifted. In the meantime, here is a small selection of hooked hot pads in various sizes and designs that kept me busy during the drearier days.
Sunflower on blue Measures 8 1/2" x 6" $40
Hit or Miss in warm earth tones Measures 8 1/2" X 7 1/2" $42.00
Cheery Red Flower on brown Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" $40
Hit or Miss in blues with cheery pops of coral Measures 7 1/2" 7 1/2" $40
A new series of rug hooked chair pads - hot off the hoop! In the tradition of rug hookers of long ago, I use only recycled materials. As mentioned in a previous post, I've recently been using up some recycled burlap coffee bags which, unlike finer "hairless" burlap, leave visible fine burlap fibres. With use and wear, these little fibres will eventually felt themselves in to the wool. Each chair pad measures approx. 11 - 11 1/2"; $65 each.
When I'm not rug hooking, I absolutely love to stir up my creative juices by working on textile collages. Unlike hooking, where I'm following a pre-determined pattern, the collages demand that I completely loosen up and go with my instincts about the composition of a piece from start to finish.
I've had a very productive winter. Although the weather has been snowy and blustery, my upstairs loft is a joy to work in. On sunny days, the light streams in on my work table; on dreary days I can still enjoy the beautiful and serene view of the lovely fields that stretch before me. So, here are a few of the pieces I have finished over the past several months:
Hooked Bench Pad/Table Runner: Flowers and Homestead
Measures 28 1/2" x 11" $180
Hooked Bench Pad/Table Runner: Classic Hit or Miss with navy background
Measures 29" x 12" $180
Hooked Bench Pad/Table Runner: Outstanding in their Field! This piece is much longer than most I've done and would be ideal on a long bench or harvest table.
I have long been drawn to the art of slow stitching - mindful, organic, hand stitching. It can come in many forms such as quilting, textile collages, and even mending. Over the years, I collected beautiful bits of fabric, lace, antique handkerchiefs, and ribbon, determined that one day I would focus on this contemplative art form. So, last year, when a broken arm kept me from pursuing other, more strenuous projects, I dug into my collection of beautiful old textiles. Over the six weeks of healing, I let the colours and textures speak to me as I worked them into a collection of lovely fabric collages. Although the collages were created some time ago, I used the quiet (and very cold) time after this year's holidays to finally display them properly. Wooden artist palets, painted white, were turned into shadow boxes; textiles were mounted on foamcore to create a three dimensional effect. I love the way they turned out!