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Kristen Brown

 

Media: Wool Rug Hooking

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I am from Madison but moved to Chippewa Falls over 32 years ago. My artistic medium is wool rug hooking which is rather a three-dimensional versus two-dimensional art. Rug hooking is really another way to paint a picture but my palette consists of strips of colorful wool fabric loops pulled through a cotton or linen backing. I cut the strips wider or narrower depending on the level of detail I am after.
I particularly enjoy using damaged or outdated wool clothing. I take garments apart, sometimes tweak the color in my dye-pot, and then cut them into narrow strips to hook into original designs, sometimes using photo references. I am glad to give old wool a brand new life.
I was very pleased to have my work selected and exhibited twice in the juried show, Wisconsin Art West, at the L.E. Phillips Public Library in Eau Claire. Also, I was honored by Rug Hooking Magazine as a winner in the 2015 competition and publication of A Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs.
Admittedly, rug-hooking is snail paced work. However, the soft, warm, and tactile nature of the process is both inviting and meditative. Who keeps track of the hours, weeks, or months of any activity one enjoys?

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