News from the Australian Rugmakers Guild
This September the Australian Rugmakers Guild held their Bi-annual Retreat, Meeting and Exhibition at the Woolshed, 90 Stockdill Dr. Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory. The Woolshed is located in the grounds of Strathnairn Arts, a working artists’ hub with approximately 30 studios, a foundry, gallery, cafe and shop at the old homestead.
The event was an opportunity for Guild members from across Australia – and rugmakers from around the world who are in Australia at that time – to get together with other rugmakers, to share ideas and to enjoy being in the company of friends old and new. During the Retreat and General Meeting, on 3rd and 4th September, talks were given by textile artists including Christine White, Carol Divall (felting) and Lynne Johnson (knitting). There were also demonstrations of different styles and various techniques of rugmaking by Guild members from around the country.
On the afternoon of Sunday 4th September Nancy Tingey, a British-born textile artist who has a studio at Strathnairn Arts, opened the Coast to Coast Exhibition of 2D and 3D works created with various rug hooking techniques. The exhibition, which was open to members and non-members alike, ran until September 25th.
For more information, please visit the Australian Rugmakers Guild’s website or e-mail Maggie Whyte (ACT), Vice President/Secretary of the Guild and Exhibition Curator maggieandfish at hotmail dot com
The Australian Rugmakers Guild also has a vibrant and active Facebook page and they have made their first video. Josephine Franco, who is Editor and Membership Chair, says that they have shared it using YouTube. If you have any comments or questions about the video, you can contact Josephine by email rughookingaustralia at gmail dot com
International Annual Event December 4th 2015
In celebration of TIGHR’s founding and to promote rughooking, rug punch, proggy, and braiding using these techniques in traditional to contemporary interpretations we declared DECEMBER 4 the International Hook-In Day. (In 1994 the first meeting concluded in Ruislip, United Kingdom.)
If you are on Facebook visit Rug Hooking Magazine’s page to see posts from Australia and around the time zones covering the full 24 hours and then some.
Visit our Facebook page TIGHR The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers for more photos and events this year.
Across Australia events were planned for the weekend.
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The United Kingdom is filled with rughooking groups and is the home base of TIGHR for this term.
International Rughooking Day 2015 was celebrated on December 5 at Landithy Hall, Madron West Cornwall with a soup lunch (including Christmas nibbles) and shared rughooking. Prizes included Sparkliest Dress!
Dec 4- Shelburne, VT USA Exploring the Tarot 23 Artists Hook the Major Arcana presented by Loretta Scena and Michele Micarelli
Canada celebrated International Rughooking Day 2015 from Labrador to Vancouver.
Eastern Canada is the home of rughooking. The Hooked Rug Museum of North America was closed for the winter months but re-opens in June with historic displays, features of contemporary rughookers from Canada and the US and a market.
Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters, Quebec Canada have been involved with Grade 6 children at Sherwood Forest Elementary School for a year. They created a rug with the school’s name in 2014. For International Rughooking Day 2015 each student learned to hook creating a framed project. These events progressed to an instructional program with instructors to integrate into lesson plans.
The Northumberland Ruggers in Ontario created a design on December 4, 2014, hooked the piece and presented it to President Dianne Alger on Nov 30, 2015 in celebration of International Rughooking Day 2015.
Dec 3 Hippie Day with the Waterside Ruggers who dressed like hippies at 526 Moira St. West to mark International Rughooking Day 2015!
Val Galvin planned a huge drop-in hooking session for International Rughooking Day 2015 on December 4 on Vancouver Island, B.C.
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