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Hooked Art 2014

The Gathering by Rachelle LeBlanc
The Gathering by Rachelle LeBlanc

 The Gallery, UConn, 1 University Place, Stamford, CT will be the site of an exciting collection of fiber art with hooking as one of many techniques.  Coordinated by Newtown Hooked Art Shows and curated by Liz Alpert Fay the opening reception is Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1-4 pm.  Click the link for The Gallery  to find directions and hours.  If unable to attend and meet the artists who will speak about their process, the show is up through November 29, 2014.

The following 18 artists contributed fifty-five pieces- (TIGHR members are in GREEN with sites hot linked)

Liz Alpert Fay, CT Mary Jane Andreozzi, RI Marilyn Bottjer, NY Molly Colegrove, NY Linda Rae Coughlin, NJ Gail Dufresne, NJ Susan L. Feller, Augusta, WV Leslie Giuliani, CT Tracy Jamar, NY Beth Kempf, CT Lori LaBerge, NC Rachelle LeBlanc, AB, Canada Lara Magruder, CA June M. Myles, Elkins, WV Constance D. Old, CT Alice Rudell, NY Michelle Sirois-Silver, BC, Canada Missy Stevens, CT

Here is a preview of the show from our TIGHR participants.

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Rug Hooking Reimagined

The Spring 2014 issue of Fiber Art Now features “rug hooking artists who are making strides on the trek toward gaining respect” in the world of contemporary art, according to author Trudi Van Dyke. Editor, Marcia Young has provided the full article for this post. Click Fiber Art Now p40-45- rug hooking spring ’14

Congratulations to TIGHR members, Liz Alpert Fay and Michelle Sirois-Silver who are represented in the interviews with examples of their diverse work.

Lost Soul, by Liz Alpert Fay, CT USA
Lost Soul, by Liz Alpert Fay, CT USA

Liz creates spontaneous original works with such unusual things as shoelaces hooked onto a wire frame.  Her technique is what carries on the rug hooking tradition.

Decay, Michelle Sirois-Silver, BC Canada
Decay, Michelle Sirois-Silver, BC Canada

Michelle’s work has been impacted by her awareness of reclaiming and repurposing, using, in the Recovery Method series, hosiery seconds from Katherine Soucie’s clothing line.

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New Fiber Art Magazine and Rug Hooking is featured!

Fiber Art Now Premier Issue
There is a new international magazine focusing on the multitude of Fiber Arts… FIBER ART NOW premiered this past Fall and will be a quarterly magazine.  Subscriptions and archival reports are available at
Rug Hooking was predominate in the first issue with a review of the Beyond Rugs! exhibit at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland Maine by co-curator Mildred Cole Peladeau covering two pages and including several images of the contemporary works. 
TIGHR member Liz Alpert Fay was interviewed in her studio surrounded by work in progress and completed series.  The article is titled Coming of Age, Contemporary Rug Hooking Gets Its Day, by editor Marcia Young.
   Knowing the medium of our choice would be featured in the magazine, the TIGHR board placed an advertisement in the first two issues.  We look forward to seeing fiber enthusiasts perhaps at the Australian conference in Strathalbyn this October.
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Beyond Rugs! Farnsworth Museum

The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, USA has opened their second exhibition  focusing on the traditional techniques used in making rugs.  The approach in Beyond Rugs! was to introduce the contemporary direction this craftform is being lead. 

Log onto http://www.FarnsworthMuseum.orgclick Beyond Rugs! for details and to view an online catalog.  Several TIGHR members are included in the collection.

Liz Alpert Fay, of Conneticut delivered a talk and slide presentation featuring international fiber artists active today who are incorporating the traditonal techniques with uncommon materials and innovative designs.  RUGS ARE NOT JUST FOR THE FLOOR.