Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland- Waiting on Shore

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

This is the last of the four new pieces that I have just finished making for my “Postcards from Newfoundland” series! This one is called “Waiting on Shore.” Boats of all description are a mainstay in Newfoundland- for pleasure, for profit. This little rowboat is tied up and waiting for its next outing on the deep blue sea.

This piece measures 7″ x 5″ and is framed. It and each of the new Postcards pieces will be appearing on display and available for purchase at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland very soon!

Karen

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland- Glynmill Inn Pond

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Tucked in behind the Glynmill Inn on Cobb Lane in Corner Brook, Newfoundland there is the Glynmill Inn Pond.  Every time we go to Corner Brook we inevitably end up there to see the swans that live in the pond.  It is also the start of the Corner Brook Stream Trail which is a lovely walk through the trees.

In the pond there is this hut which bears the insignia of the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill- I’m not entirely sure the significance of the hut other than that it may have something to do with the fact that the pond was constructed by workers from the paper mill so it may have some connection to that.  But anyway, this is a very well-known and identifiable landmark to those in the area and I thought it would be a great piece to add to my Postcards from Newfoundland collection!

 

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Karen

Hand Hooked Fibre Art by Karen D. Miller Photo by Karen D. Miller

Newfoundland Bound!

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Well….not right now.

In fact, not actually until just over a year from now.

BUT I am very excited to announce that my very first solo exhibit will be held at the Corner Brook Arts & Culture Centre from October 26- November 21, 2015!!

Gives me lots of time to prepare.  Expect this exhibit to have a lot of new Postcards from Newfoundland pieces in it.  But I also want to add in a few slightly bigger pieces also.  Lots of work ahead of me but I think it will be a fantastic show!

Very excited!   If you will be in the area then be sure to mark it on your calendar!  🙂

 

Karen

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland- Autumn in the Codroy

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

The Codroy Valley is located in  southwestern Newfoundland and runs inland. Its claim to fame? Well, that is where you will find Wreckhouse which is famous for its extremely high winds, so severe that they can flip cars and trucks. It is also known for having a lot of different species of birds. My sister used to go there to do some birding from time to time, though I’m not sure that she has been there in awhile.

When autumn comes and the leaves have fallen from the trees, all that is left is the naked branches which alone must withstand the winter months and the relentless winds.

This piece measures 5″ x 7″ and is framed. The trees are hooked with strips of leather which gives them an interesting glossy texture.

Karen

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Postcards from Newfoundland- Moonlight in Twillingate

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

In amongst all the paperwork and exhibit preparation, I have managed to make some more pieces in my Postcards from Newfoundland series!  This is one of my latest, inspired of course by the icebergs that I saw this summer in Twillingate, Newfoundland.

I was so fortunate to be staying in a house that looked out on the water where there just happened to be our own private huge iceberg.  One of my favourite times to watch it was in the evening.  As it started to grow dark and the sky took on a navy hue, the light would hit off of the iceberg in a certain way that gave it an eerie yet beautiful sort of glow.  It was both mesmerizing and awe-inspiring.

In this piece I tried to capture what I felt those evenings, watching out the picture window until it grew too dark to see it.  This piece measures 5″ x 7″ and is framed.  It will be on display and available for purchase at Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in the near future!

I really enjoy making these little pieces and this is the first of four new ones that I have just completed.  I will also have a really exciting and fun announcement that involves this series of pieces coming up really soon too so stay tuned!  🙂

Karen

Countdown to “Colours Caught in Fibre”: Meet Karen Miller

 

I have to say that it feels a little weird introducing myself on here.  But I figured that firstly, it was only fair that I have to answer the questions too and secondly, there may be people who see this that are interested in our show but are not regulars around here.  So, meet….well…. me!  🙂

It is not long until our group exhibit “Colours Caught in Fibre: Rug-Hooking Made Modern” opens on October 4th at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

I gave each of the artists in our show the same list of questions and each week leading up to the exhibit I have profiled one of them so that you can get to know them better and see their particular style of art. This week, meet me- Karen Miller.   My work ranges from landscapes to portraits to abstract.  But my underlying inspiration for no matter which form that I choose is almost always nature.  I have been fortunate enough to have my work featured twice in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs as well as in other books and magazine articles.   I have shown my work in three provinces in Canada as well as in the United States.  I am very much looking forward to exhibiting my work in our upcoming show in Niagara!

1. How long have I been hooking?

I started hooking in 2008.  My daughter was then not even one year old  and I would rush to my hooking frame during her naptimes to try to get as much done as possible when I had the chance!

2. How did you get started hooking?

In 2005 my husband and I took a trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  While there we visited Cheticamp and when I saw all of the hand-hooked rugs I knew it was something I wanted to try.  I bought a kit from the co-op there and gave it a try but couldn’t quite figure it out.  A few years later I looked it out again and this time it stuck!

3. Did you have a teacher or are you self-taught?

I am self-taught.

4. What was the first piece that you hooked?

My first rug was one that I designed myself of a scene that I had fallen in love with while in Iceland in 2008.  I still have it and it hangs proudly in my studio to remind me of how I began and how far I have come.

5. How do you think your style has evolved since your first piece?

I would say my style has definitely evolved.  There are certain aspects that I am still drawn to- like earth tones and use of texture- but the things that inspire me and my finished product have definitely grown and developed.

 

Hooked art by Karen D. Miller

Ghost Trees by Karen Miller

6. What is your proudest rug-hooking accomplishment?

I think I am most proud of the Viewer’s Choice Award that my “Solitude” piece received at Hooked in the Mountains in Vermont in 2012.  There is something very thrilling when the people who view a show vote for your work!  I am also extremely proud of the work that we have all put in to making Colours Caught in Fibre a reality.  I think it is going to be pretty overwhelming to stand in the gallery when the pieces are all hung and realize that it has finally happened-  from a little spark of an idea to a fabulous show!

7. Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Definitely nature.  The colours, the forms, the patterns- nature is brimming with inspiration!

8. What is your favourite subject matter for your work?

I love landscapes!  And I love making pieces of my kids (I totally have to get on with making one of my son!).  Lately I have been really enjoying making pieces inspired by trees as there are so many aspects of that subject to draw from.

9. What kind of hooking frame and hook do you use?

I alternate between a bent hook and a normal hook.  I find that it really depends on the kind of yarn that I am using- thinner yarns seem to pull up better with the straight hook and for thicker yarns I use the bent hook to protect my wrist.   My frame is a standing frame that my husband made for me a few years back.  But when I work on small pieces I tend to use a hoop.

10. What will people see of your work at the Colours Caught in Fibre exhibit in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

A lot of my tree inspired pieces and a few other things mixed in too!

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Through the Trees by Karen Miller

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I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about me that maybe you didn’t previously know! Just a reminder that our show opens on October 4th- November 28th, 2014 at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. If you have any questions about either the show or my work feel free to email me at marzipanroad@bell.net!

Karen

Crunch Time!

To say that things have been madness over here would be an understatement.  Firstly there are all the preparations going on for the Colours Caught in Fibre exhibit which opens in just a couple of weeks!!  I can’t believe it- it seemed so far away for so long and now it is almost here!  So life has been a flurry of last details.  My wonderful, awesome husband about whom I cannot say enough good things has been working so hard to get everything framed and it finally is all ready to go.

He re-framed “Ghost Trees” because he wasn’t completely happy with the previous framing job.

framed ghost

And now “Through the Trees” is all framed up!

framed through

And remember this little one- “Moon Rise”? Here it is framed!

framed moon

I couldn’t be happier with how they look.  I just have to put my labels on the back and they are all ready to pack up and go.

The final list of pieces going to the show has been submitted and all I can say is that this show is going to be AWESOME!  Everyone has worked so hard on creating beautiful stunning pieces and I think that everyone who comes to the show is going to be amazed.  I can’t wait!!!!

But that is not all that is going on.  For some reason early to mid-October has turned out to be the deadline for about ten things that I want to put my name in for- and I am not even exaggerating!   My 2015 calendar is filling almost to the point of bursting- which is definitely a REALLY good thing but oh man the paperwork that I am trying to keep up with right now!  I am looking forward to having everything submitted and just going back to making art.

Which isn’t to say that I haven’t been making art because boy oh boy have I been doing that too!  I mentioned before that I was doing a collaboration with another artist.  I am happy to say that I have completed that piece and it is off for framing!  Hoping to be able to share that with you soon.

And I have been working on some new pieces for my Postcards from Newfoundland series.  So far I have completed two out of four with one more almost finished.  I think next week I should be able to start showing you some of those.

So much good stuff coming up that I can’t wait to announce!  But I’m also looking forward to things calming down- just a little.  🙂

Have a great weekend!

Karen

Inspiration Photos #21: FORM

form 1

form 2

form 4

form 88

What: Photos from my maritime vacation that I felt fell under the design element of “form”

Why did this catch my eye:  This is the last of the design elements and almost the most interesting.  Nature comes in many forms- sometimes from the outset and sometimes carved out over time.  One has to look not just at the form itself but also the negative space surrounding it as there are oftentimes surprises lurking there.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Photo of Kathryn Taylor

Countdown to “Colours Caught in Fibre”: Meet Kathryn Taylor

It is not long until our group exhibit “Colours Caught in Fibre:  Rug-Hooking Made Modern” opens on October 4th at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

I gave each of the artists in our show the same list of questions and each week leading up to the exhibit I will profile one of them so that you can get to know them better and see their particular style of art.  This week, meet Kathryn Taylor.  Kathryn’s work ranges from rocky landscapes inspired by one of her favourite places- Georgian Bay- to colourful and edgy graffiti-inspired art.   Her work was featured in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs in 2013 and she has shown her work in exhibits across Ontario.  Kathryn’s work with graffiti has certainly caught the attention of many and she will be appearing as a guest speaker on the subject at the Ontario Rug Hooking Guild’s Annual in 2015.1.  Kathryn, how long have you been hooking?

I hooked my first rug in 1996, but didn’t hook another until 2006, and I’ve been hooking rugs more or less on an ongoing basis since then.

2.  How did you get started hooking?

I had long admired hooked rugs, but had no idea that there were teachers or a rug hooking guild, for that matter.  A friend took a class in rug hooking, and she passed along the contact information of an OHCG rug hooking instructor, and I took some beginner classes in 1996

3.  Did you have a teacher or are you self-taught?

I attended classes with Barbara D’Arcy in her studio, B.J’s Rug Hooking Studio.  Barb is now retired from teaching but remains a close friend to this day.

4.  What was the first piece that you hooked?

My first rug was a ‘shaded piece’, taught by Barb D’Arcy.

5.  How do you think your style has evolved since your first piece?

Like most rug hookers today, I began by hooking the patterns of others.  I now hook primarily patterns of my own design.  I also dye my own fabric when I can’t find the colour I am looking for in my ‘as is’ fabric pile.

Hooked rug by Kathryn Taylor

“The Western Islands Georgian Bay” by Kathryn Taylor.

 

6.  What is your proudest rug-hooking accomplishment?

I can’t say that I have a ‘proudest accomplishment’.  I have enjoyed many moments, visited some neat places  and met many wonderful people in the rug hooking world.

7.  Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration everywhere, from the graffiti in an urban setting, to the lichen on a remote island on Georgian Bay,  there’s beauty to be found wherever you look.

8.  What is your favourite subject matter for your work?

I don’t really have a favourite subject matter…….look how diverse my rugs are!

9.  What kind of hooking frame and hook do you use?

I use the same basic hoop, and simple Joan Moshimer hook that I started with on my first rug.  The only thing that has changed is the recent purchase of a smaller hoop that easily fits into a small suitcase for travel.  I began hooking using burlap as my foundation cloth, but I’ve switched to linen, which is more durable and much easier on the hands.

10.  What will people see of your work at the Colours Caught in Fibre exhibit in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

In Niagara, people will mainly see graffiti inspired rugs.

 

Hooked fibre art by Kathryn Taylor

Graffiti Fence #1, #2 &#3 by Kathryn Taylor

 

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I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about Kathryn and her work. If you are interested in her work and would like to contact her she can be reached at kathytaylor134@hotmail.com.

Karen