This is a question every textile artist learns to dread. The answer is so variable. What constitutes "making"?
So here's a picture of my rug between yesterday and today. Yesterday I hooked for about 3 hours and started-and-finished the upper left portion of the central figure (the zig-zaggy "steps"). Today I hooked for about 4 and a half hours and finished the "steps" on the right side of that figure, plus got one of the upper motifs done, and filled in more background.
And people wonder why a hand-hooked rug costs so much...
I do own a button that says "Slow Hooker."
Don't get me wrong, though, I loved every loop that I pulled. If I didn't totally love this, I wouldn't be doing it.
How do other artists handle this question at shows? I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to add a comment. Thanks.
5/15/2015 08:09:56 am
I have a pin that says fast hooker
6/12/2015 01:20:28 am
I love your list of "what constitutes making", and I would like to add that I often think, plan, research , and imagine a rug for years before I design, dye for it and make it. The actual hooking is the fastest part of the process for me...
6/13/2015 03:32:07 am
Ain't that the truth. The hooking is definitely the fastest part for me as well, unless it's an unusually tricky piece, but that's rare for me as I like to spend my time just hooking without having to think too much when I get to the hooking stage. I do admire those artists who produce rugs that require much experimentation during the hooking process, but that's not what I want to be doing when I get to that stage. So like you, I do a lot "in my head" before I sit down to hook. Thanks!
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society