Rug hooking as we know it today got its start on the Eastern seaboard of North America. Using canvas foundations and a bent nail, seafaring men of the 1800s hooked chafing wraps to protect the ship's rigging. Their wives quickly adapted the process, turning worn-out clothing into practical and beautiful floor coverings. This early form of recycling has given rise to an art form that is deeply steeped in history, and reveals an intimate and very personal view into our society and the people who practice this art form. Inspired by the connection, the value and the importance of textiles, we get a peek into all aspects of life: political, social, religious, economic, and personal. Old socks, faded t-shirts, men's ties, button, beads, even grass and weeds, become transformed into mountains and garden paths, floral arrangements, abstract landscapes, and creatures. These discarded fabrics are suddenly transformed into works with new value and intention – with a new connection to the lives of those distanced by time.
Each artist participating in HOOKED ON NATURE brings a unique and individual perspective to the exhibit. But what binds them is a love and passion for textiles, fabric, and color. The intimate relationship between the hand, the heart, the mind, and the textile is compelling and ultimately joyous.
This exhibit can be viewed when Wisner House is open. Please click here for weekday and weekend hours.
All art is for sale, and the artist will donate 30% of all purchases to Reeves-Reed Arboretum.Please click here for Hooked On Nature thumbnails.