Sunday, April 1, 2012

Alzheimer's Rug

This is the rug I'm currently working on.

The rug is my statement about the devastation caused by Alzheimers disease. the best and brightest parts of the woman are being torn away from her; she is unraveling. Her future is dark and tumultuous and her past is lost and confused.

My father-in-law suffered from this terrible disease and I felt compelled to create this rug as a tribute to him and to those who also are fighting against it. It's devastating to the individual and the families and friends who love them.




A fun workshop in Ohio

I got back Saturday from a lovely workshop outside of Columbus, Ohio. It was an open theme, but most of the women know I specialize in people and animal portraits, so the majority chose projects that featured faces of family.

We got started on Thursday afternoon. I always start my workshops with a show and tell of my own rugs, which includes a little bit of my history and some details about individual rugs that I've hooked. There's a lesson in each one, some about borders, backgrounds, line, balance, perspective, and more elements that rug hookers need to know about. I enjoy talking about my work and I hope that the show and tell is an inspiration to students, and I know it always opens up a dialogue between the students and myself.

Most of the women brought portrait rugs to work on, and it was fun to get them started and watch the designs grow and develop over the three days. I'm always amazed and thrilled to see projects emerge and see the women realize that they CAN do a portrait and not only that, they like it! It's very rewarding as a teacher to see that new confidence come in.

And the women who chose other subjects also had a good time, and I enjoyed seeing their pieces take shape. I like open workshops because no one should feel pressure to do something they aren't interested in, but can share the friendship and cameraderie of their group.

The meals were excellent, all carried in by members of the guild, and the accomodations by the host Janet Watson were wonderful. I had such a great time, it was hard to say good-bye!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Coming back to the blog

I set this up two years ago, let it go and forgot all about it. I should have known that it would be necessary to get a blog up and keep it running, but things kept happening, blah, blah, blah. I am stopping the excuses and getting back into this so I can connect to fellow rug hookers and I can make a place to share and show what I'm doing, as an artist, rug hooker, writer, and teacher.

Please comment as you see fit, and bear with me as I get this show on the road.