Area Rug Hookers take on the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in March...mark your calendar!
Get “Hooked on Rugs” at the MVTM
Saturday March 7, 2015
March 3 to April 11, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is featuring
the work of fibre artists Lesli Zanetti and Loretta Moore in the Nora
Rosamond Hughes Gallery. Their hooked rugs are a delight, with artful
designs from primitive to modern.
Lesli’s interest in rug hooking
began with a 1992 visit to Cape Breton, where she was struck by the
unique and complex Acadian scenes depicted on beautiful rugs. On a
subsequent trip to Newfoundland she was drawn to the vibrant colours and
simple scenes of their rugs. With one of Deanne Fitzpatrick’s rug
hooking kits, Lesli taught herself to hook, and her passion for the
craft was firmly entrenched.
After 10 years, Lesli has found her own
style. She prefers to use recycled wool from garments donated by
friends or found at second hand shops. Imagining the history embedded
in a wool garment as it is ripped apart and refashioned into a new rug
is an important part of her creative process. She describes her rugs as
simple in style, bordering on the primitive, but without a traditional
palette. Somehow, she just has to inject bright colours into her
Loretta’s passion for fibre arts developed at an early age,
sitting in her mom’s sewing room and making doll’s clothes from scraps.
She later made her own clothing and learned to quilt. It was in a quilt
shop that she discovered her first rug hooking kit. “After the first few
loops I pulled, I realized that I had discovered a fibre art that
appealed to every creative bone in my body. I loved the almost zenlike
feel of pulling loops, loved playing with colour and developing my own
through dyeing, and loved the final product,” says Loretta. While her
preferred style is primitive, folk art wide-cut rugs, she loves playing
with various fibres and techniques. She also teaches and sells supplies
through her business “Hooked on the Lake.”
Don’t miss a chance to
enjoy these wonderful rugs. You may well become “hooked” yourself. Both
artists will be conducting demonstrations in the gallery on March 12
from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be a vernissage on Saturday, March 7 from
2 pm to 4 pm.