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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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Spring in Victoria

Cherry Blossoms Vancouver, BC
Cherry Blossoms Vancouver, BC

18 months to the Tri-Ennial – October 4-8, 2015 in Victoria, BC!  Enjoy the seasonal changes in Victoria/Vancouver; or around the world, follow along on the blog at British Columbia Magazine.

Our newsletter HOOKING MATTERS will begin to feature Tri-Ennial planning, join in as a member.  Even if you can not attend there will be educational benefits, members reports, and images all posted on our private member online site.

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Beginning our 20th Year

Examining Rug at Pioneer Womens Hut Museum, Au
Examining Rug at Pioneer Womens Hut Museum, Au

Celebrating rughooking by spreading the traditions around the world, individuals share their passions.  Twenty years ago in December 1994 friends gathered outside of London and formed The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers.  Joined as friends with a mutual interest; the differences in techniques, materials and styles have been shared at Tri-Ennials, first by post and now using Social Media, Internet options and even electronic phone conferencing.

The images following represent friends from Canada and the United States who gather during January in Bermuda with rughooking enthusiasts;
a member from Spain sharing rughooking skills with Cambodian children as they also learn English for employment; and
a monthly group of ladies in New South Wales, Australia gathering at the home of mentor and author, Miriam Miller.
In Tokyo, Japan for over twenty years an exhibit of hooked pieces has been coordinated by Fumiyo Hachisuka.  Across Australia, the United States, the provinces of Canada, the United Kingdom, in Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Israel and wherever someone holds a hook, fibers are manipulated into new works.

Celebrate rughooking in 2014 with THE INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF HANDHOOKING RUGMAKERS.  On December 4, 2014 invite a fellow fiber artist to discuss your mutual interests over a meal, the phone, internet or by posting a note.

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Traditional Style enjoyed in Norway

Berith Myrvold, Norway with pet bird and rughooking
Berith Myrvold, Norway with pet bird and rughooking

  The beauty of finecut rughooking is most evident in Oriental, Persian, and floral designs. Long time member Berith Myrvold, formerly of Toronto, Canada passed away on December 8, 2013 in her home country of Norway.  Her passion lives on in the detailed rugs she created and distributed lovingly to her family. 

Berith attended the Toronto Tri-Ennial in 2003 and was represented on Collector’s Card #5 with a quote many of her fellow rughookers can identify with:

” Hooking is nice and well in Norway.  I feel that when you have first gotten into this beautiful hobby, you can never put it away.  There is one thing to complain about – there are not enough hours in the day.”

Enjoy the collection of rug patterns and hours of pleasure below.  Note copyrights on images owned by Mrs. Myrvold’s estate.

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Meet and Greet in Long Beach

Whenever two or more TIGHR members are around there is sure to be talking and instant friendship.  Add food and sunny Southern California in late September and the organization ends up with a dozen new members thanks to our great ambassadorship.

Over forty members and friends gathered during the ATHA Bi-Ennial in Long Beach, California and dined on the porch of the Yard House overlooking a beautiful sunset on the marina.  Looking forward to meeting up again two years from now in Victoria, BC at the Inn at Laurel Point.

Forty friends off to eat
Forty friends off to eat
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Eco Dyer, Yvonne Dalton from South Australia

Fiber Art Now Summer 13 Yvonne   TIGHR member and presenter at the 2012 Tri-Ennial in Strathalbyn, South Australia, YVONNE DALTON is one of seven international organic printmakers featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Fiber Art Now magazine. Yvonne speaks in the article “A very important consideration and obligation for me is to minimize my impact on the environment, as concerns of landscape are central to my art practice.”  The opening full page image of her banners flowing in the breezes on South Australia’s landscape emphasizes her philosophy.

Audience listening to Yvonne Dalton's presentation

  During the TIGHR presentation, in her quiet voice, Yvonne told her story and showed examples of cloth, garments and art objects made from the marked fabrics left in the elements for months.

She also assisted conference members in a workshop to create braided lanyards which closed the felted folders we made in another workshop. 

Yvonne Dalton Eco Dyeing

The following gallery shows Yvonne’s process in the groves of acacia and eucalyptus trees.

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In Celebration of Australian Members- January 26

Happy Australia Day to our past board members and all the rughooking enthusiasts throughout the continent. 

While attending the Tri-Ennial, we exchanged small 4″ x 6″ mats with a theme of “The Sky’s the Limit”.  This gallery represents many of the Australians’ creations. ARG refers to the Australian Rugmakers Guild, our hosts.

Anne Callison, ARG member
Anne Callison, ARG member
Anne Shaffer, TIGHR member
Anne Shaffer, TIGHR member
Elke Smith-Hill, TIGHR member
Elke Smith-Hill, TIGHR member
Gay Wilkes, ARG member
Gay Wilkes, ARG member
Ilka Landahl, TIGHR member
Ilka Landahl, TIGHR member
Jacqui Thomson, TIGHR member
Jacqui Thomson, TIGHR member
Janet Taylor-Henry, TIGHR member
Janet Taylor-Henry, TIGHR member
Jenny Anderson, ARG member
Jenny Anderson, ARG member
Jo Franco, TIGHR member
Jo Franco, TIGHR member
Judi Tompkins, TIGHR member
Judi Tompkins, TIGHR member
Judith Stephens, TIGHR member
Judith Stephens, TIGHR member
Maggie Whyte, TIGHR member
Maggie Whyte, TIGHR member
Marion Nefiovodas, TIGHR member
Marion Nefiovodas, TIGHR member
Marlene Chapman, ARG member
Marlene Chapman, ARG member
Miriam Miller, TIGHR member
Miriam Miller, TIGHR member
Noreen Shier, ARG member
Noreen Shier, ARG member
Robin Inkpen, TIGHR member
Robin Inkpen, TIGHR member
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Video Interview – Why did you Join TIGHR?

For the first time, a video was created archiving several members participating in the Tri-Ennial in Australia. The questions asked were: Why are you a member of TIGHR? and What are you doing with rugmaking?

Two versions were edited, the shorter one has been posted here under Membership (Why Join TIGHR) and the full length edition will be on our members’ only site.  By searching on YouTube for Rug Hooking, International Rug Hooking, the public can also view the video and be directed to www.tighr.net

Perhaps you too want to answer our questions. If not a member of TIGHR, consider joining or comment on what you are doing with the rug hooking techniques in your toolbox.

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International Conference reviewed in Rug Hooking Magazine

The Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine has hit our mailboxes (postal and digital versions) and the bookstands.  Editor, Deb Smith who traveled to the Tri-Ennial in South Australia last Fall, reported on the event.  See an excerpt http://www.rughookingmagazine.com/article/tighr-triennial-conference-2012

The image below personifies The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers :  INTERNATIONAL.  Fumiyo Hachisuka is conversing with an Australian representative (of their fauna).

Fumiyo and Mr. Kangaroo
International friendship, Japan and Australia
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Victoria, BC our new Home Base

The new Board is based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is headed by Sheila Stewart.  Meet our Board Under the Membership tab.  We all welcome this new region and look forward to exploring the Western Provinces and Territories with input from the Pacific Coastal United States too.  2015 will be another adventure in friendship as we meet at the Triennial.