With Nadine Flagel
$350 [Includes $110 lab fee] Class limit 15. Nov 22-24 (Fri-Sun) 10am-4pm.
The world’s most impressive folk artistry often comes from repurposing materials. In this class, students will learn how to hook rugs as most early practitioners did, with wide (1/4") strips of reused woolen fabrics. Reclaimed wool is both ethical and sustainable, and it results in unexpected yet felicitous juxtapositions of texture and colour.
Rug hooking involves the use of a hook to pull strips of fabric through an open-weave linen foundation cloth. The potential for rug hooking is extensive. While our technique, tools, and materials are traditional, our application is contemporary: each student will use modern imaginative exercises to design and realize their own pattern for a small rug.
Students will have many opportunities for hands-on practice and will learn through both group and individual instruction. Each participant will leave with a small piece, as well as the tools, knowledge, and resources to start the next one.
Nadine Flagel is an emerging textile artist and rug-hooking instructor who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has been included in several juried group exhibitions, and her articles on textile art have been published by Rug Hooking Magazine. Nadine has also received grants to make textile art with youth. She is a member of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Artists and the Craft Council of British Columbia. In 2015 she founded Pretext Studio: pretextstudio.com.
Nadine completed her formal studies with a Ph.D. in English literature and taught English for many years. In 2003 she began to teach herself rug hooking and quilting skills. Studies with advanced practitioners of textile art such as Michelle Sirois-Silver have led her to a greater commitment to her artistic practice, to the sharing of skills, and to sustainable, ethical textile use, all regularly documented through social media.