Breakfast for all was delightful, off we went to workshops, excursions including a private viewing of select Emily Carr rugs and twined pieces and the Robert Bateman Gallery , panel discussions (videoed for our archives), lunch together and more of the same variety of fibre/art experiences for the afternoon.
The rug display opened in the early evening to members and invited guests in the region including Jan Ross from the Emily Carr House, dinner was on our own with new friends.
180 of the nearly 300 members have converged in Victoria, BC. Sunny weather, beautiful Inn at Laurel Point, colorful welcoming committee and instant friendships abound.
Our Meet and Greet included the exchange of friendship mats resulting in new friendships. The rug display includes the mats, special theme Emily Carr and her influence and a wide variety of techniques, sizes and designs.
Monday will be filled with workshops, panels, guided museum tours, meals and friends.
On March 2, 1945 Emily Carr died. Vancouver author, artist (fine and craft including rug hooking and pottery) she was born in Victoria, BC, the site of our Triennial in October. Her birth house is a heritage site at EmilyCarr.com.
During the Triennial we will celebrate Carr’s modernist style with hooked works inspired by her paintings and subjects of First Nations’ lifestyle, spiritual nature landscapes featuring the forests and lonely trees of the region in a members’ exhibit with details at Theme Exhibits.
It is countdown time this week anticipating December 4 and International Hook-In Day. We have listed many plans on our special Calendar page Dec 4 Hook-In and you can read about some of the events in the November 22 blog entry at www.RugHookingMagazine.com/blog
The page will be monitored by staff. Approvals of posts throughout the 24 hour period from Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom then across the Atlantic to the Canadian provinces and United States will appear chronologically.
If you are not near a fibre friend to talk face-to-face, call them, Skype, or sit-down and write a note. The world is looking forward to the many creative mats, rugs, artwork, jewelry, purses, clothing, and objects we create with our craft traditions.
Twenty years ago on December 4, 1994 the formation of The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR) was proclaimed in England. In celebration of this anniversary and to further our mission statement “come together in friendship to share ideas, and to explore the different techniques of the art of rugmaking using a variety of fibres” we have declared DECEMBER 4, 2014 as the International Hook-In Day.
Let’s spread the word to fellow rugmakers and plan a local event to publicize our traditions in the 21st Century. Comment below on your plans. Create a display at a local library and demonstrate at a community center. Take your project to work for lunch break, bring a mat to be whipped while watching your child play a game after school, go out to tea with a friend and talk about a new project.
Wow! It has been four years since Australians Jo Franco and Judi Tompkins and Susan Feller from the USA upgraded the static website to this new format at TIGHR.net . Our learning curve was, as the TIGHR motto at that time said ” The Sky’s the Limit”.
Thank you Jo and Judi for problem solving and great ideas. A reminder to TIGHR members, this site is a reflection of your international talents and features work and articles submitted to our Editor and on our private site’s photo gallery. Keep uploading images and contributing to the groups. Hope to meet many at the Tri-Ennial Oct. 4-7, 2015.
We plan to have descriptions for the presentations and online registration posted under Our Tri-Ennials/2015 Victoria which will be another first, making attending from ‘Down Under’ or ‘Over the Pond’ easier than before. Twenty years old, The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers looks toward the future using cyberspace to connect with members.
Daily events and the international session leaders are listed along with the host hotel site : The Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC. Return to this page and the others which will be added describing sessions in detail along with the registration process.
Members receive the first notices describing the session projects and opportunity to register through our newsletters. We hope you review this information and decide to JOIN The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers for the long term. This triennial event is only one of many benefits of joining.
Enjoy a gallery of work by some of our Canadian members works representing nature in honor of CANADA DAY on July 1, 2014, the 147th anniversary of the British North American Act joining the Province of Canada with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as CANADA
These images were curated from our private site’s*** Gallery of members’ works.
***The site is a unique membership benefit which allows members to post images, participate in specialty groups, list events and send messages to other members. All of our newsletters are available online along with our constitution and educational handouts. See Membership Form for more reasons to join.
October 15-19, 2014 along with Roslyn Logsdon, Rachelle Leblanc, Alberta Canada and Peg Irish, New Hampshire USA will be the featured artists with their collections of fiber works during Hooked in the Mountains XVII at Champlain Valley Eposition, Essex Junction, Vermont.
Peg Irish is a founding member of TIGHR, past Editor and active contributor to our online site. Her work tells stories and portrays an artistic skill in the dye pots. The piece illustrated includes a hand painted scene for the view out the window. Planned for the shrinkage of loops the wool fabric was dyed, cut and hooked into a Vermont landscape.
Rachelle Leblanc lived in the eastern provinces of Canada until recently. Her move to Alberta did not halt exploring visual art using rug hooking. The sensitivity to her subjects (often family members) is evident from Bed of Violets. Self described as a Fine Craft Artist concentrating in the medium of rughooking, Leblanc is using traditional craft as an artist’s tool. Artsquest.ca produced an interview click here for the text and images.