From the Presidents' Corner
Where does your inspiration come from? Other rugs? Nature? Photographs? Paintings? Museums? Gardens?
At the end of February, I (Weezie) spent two weeks near Tampa, Florida (chilly, but still better than here). While there we toured the Dali Museum, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Chihuly Exhibit. I have never been a fan of Dali, but we needed to do something that day. It was FABULOUS!!!! While I still don’t like a lot of his works, like the sliding clock face and some of his really weird things, he had other stuff that proved his genius. Even sitting for 20 minutes in front of one painting, I was still finding more layers of things going on. My favorite painting was inspired by a box of pencils. They were Venus pencils. What he saw was not a box of pencils, but a toreador- the painting is called (I think) The Hallucinogenic Toreador. Find it on Google images and take a look. One man’s pencil is another man’s work of art.
The Chihuly exhibit (glass) was amazing. I took several photographs of different kinds of glass work—large blown balls, tall spiky “reeds”, flowers in the ceiling, chandeliers—I cannot describe how amazing his work is. I highly suggest that you search Google images for Chihuly glass. I already have 2 nascent designs based on his work. (Speaking of which, did you read the article in the latest Rug Hooking Magazine about copyright?).
In a recent Martha Stewart Living I was grabbed by two small pictures of eggs. It was a freebie, I don’t subscribe. I don’t want you to get the wrong impression of me.
I have a file of photos I have taken of floors, mosaics, windows, views, clouds, trees, and plants. I think I see everything as a potential pattern. How do you keep track of your ideas and inspirations? A folder? A scattering of scraps of paper? On the computer?
And I have not finished all my works in progress at this point. So many ideas, so little time.
As spring reveals itself to us, we encourage you to OPEN YOUR EYES¸ and see all the amazing art in front on you. And, while you may be spending more time outdoors, getting your garden ready, walking, and enjoying the sunlight, commit yourself to hooking for an hour a day. You will be surprised how much you can get done.
Weezie and Therese
The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. We currently have over 130 members from nine states. The mission of the Guild is to perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking, to encourage creativity, to provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information and to promote educational activities to enhance the interest in rug hooking. Monthly meetings in Flemington, New Jersey offer programs for someone new to rug hooking as well as the seasoned artisan. Members have opportunities to participate in hooking demonstrations, rug exhibits, rug camps and “hook-ins”. A supportive environment is provided for those new to the craft and for those looking to refine their technique. New members are always welcome!