Workshop: Advanced Rug Hooking

by - Friday, May 15, 2015

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Advanced Rug Hooking
Michelle Sirois-Silver

$$295 includes 75 lab fee
November 13, 14, 15, - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

In this workshop hand-hooking artists will expand their repertoire of materials and techniques.

Embracing a bold and expressive approach, participants will explore two- and three-dimensional forms. Students will work with alternative materials to incorporate qualities such as texture, depth, tone, and colour into their hooking. The course will cover the different methods needed to fully integrate these materials.  

Advanced rug-hooking will focus on exploration and experimentation. Students will assemble a sample book that includes materials, resources, and methods. Each day students will design and make small art pieces (6x6 inches).  These art pieces will combine the hand-hooked surface with techniques such as hand stitch, needle felt, and the fixing of metal grommets and wire. Hand-hooking will be done with a range of materials from traditional wool fabrics, synthetics, and cottons to leather.

Michelle has packed the three days as fully as possible. This is an intensive workshop designed to challenge the artist. Rug hooking experience is necessary. 

Instructor Bio

Michelle Sirois-Silver is a McGown-certified instructor who teaches rug-hooking workshops on design and colour planning in Canada and the United States.

Her work has been exhibited at fibreEssence, Contemporary Craft in BC, Surface Design Traveling Exhibition, FibreWorks Gallery, Convergence, Gibsons Fibre Arts Festival, and the Silk Purse Arts Centre. She has a Creative Arts Diploma from Vanier College, a BA Specialization in Communications from Concordia University, and a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Toronto. She studied colour theory with Michele Wipplinger and at BC Open University. Ms. Sirois-Silver first began teaching rug-hooking in 1998 and formed Big Dog Hooked Rug Designs in 2004.

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