Sunday, January 15, 2012


"Lake House"  Lori LaBerge  2011

Rug Beat is a new online magazine featuring articles on contemporary rug hooking. A photo of "Lake House" is pictured alongside an article on contemporary works of hooked art which were juried into the 2011 "Pushing the Limits: New Expressions in Hooked Art" group.  This group encourages new ideas and creativity.  There are some wonderful rug artists out there stretching the bounds of rug hooking and hopefully Rug Beat will get their work into the public eye.  This was the premier issue and I'm looking forward to future articles on innovative works.

Also received this week was my copy of Surface Design Magazine.

This is how I roll.  Magazine, wine, chocolate and the fireplace.

The magazine was timed perfectly as this issue featured works on a variety of textile artists using innovative materials and methods.  One artist who really grabbed my eye is El Anatsui.  His work is made up of aluminum, copper wire and other found objects and resembles draped contemporary quilts.  See some of his work here and be sure to scroll down on the blue bar on the page to see the quilt-like pieces. Another artist whose work was featured is Elizabeth Whyte Schulze.  She creates coiled baskets from pine needles and raffia and paints images on them.  See some of these baskets on her website here.

I'm still working on "Diamond Road" and below is a photo of it further along than last week, with hooking done and construction in progress.

Seek out your creative side this week and have a great day!

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