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TitleHooked VIDesigned byFrancine EvenHooked byFrancine EvenDimensions28” x 21”Materialswool on linenCuts6, 8Share

While suffering from nerve pain a few years back and unable to hook for over a year I began doodling and created a series of 10 new pieces. Was finally able to hook them in late 2019. The two I am submitting for this virtual show are my favorites.

About the artist:

I have now forgotten what year I discovered rug hooking so I am going to guess perhaps 12 or 13 years ago. I read an article in a local magazine about Jane Bescherer, an interior designer living in CT who had discovered rug hooking. The article showed images of her studio and her work. Having been a knitter and a weaver for some years, I was intrigued by the rug hooking technique since it also involves fiber. In the article Jane suggested to contact the GMRHG, which I did and signed up for a beginner’s class. I just fell in love with the process, the possibilities, the textures and colors.

Throughout the years I took as many classes as I could in Vermont and Connecticut to perfect my technique. I met so many people, teachers and fellow hookers who inspired me. Rug hooking is a sharing community, which I so much appreciated and still do.

However, I felt that something in my work was missing and that was to find my groove. I have always been attracted by abstraction in the art world and in 2015 began doodling abstract geometric pieces. Finally! I did find my groove. I love the meditation in motion of rug hooking. I love texture and color and I love the freedom of interpretation of abstract geometry.

Although many rug hooking makers have inspired me, Liz Alpert Fay is the artist that most inspires me and has for many years.