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.
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!
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 email@example.com!