Heather Goodchild is a textile artist in 2-D and 3-D. Her pieces incorporate rituals, religious, and historic symbolism and are hauntingly poetic.... Be inspired!
How did you get started in rug hooking?
I was inspired to start rug hooking by the purchase of a 1920s rug that needed mending. A trip to the library yielded instructions, the opening line of the book gave me confidence: “Rug hooking is so simple even a five-year-old can master it.” My great aunt Lorna kindly passed on her collection of hooks and I’ve never looked back.
What colors, images, motifs, and cuts (of wool or other fabrics) are you drawn to?
I work with wool fabric cut into strips. It’s interesting how the look of tweed or herringbone can change once hooked. I prefer to cut the strips by hand in order to vary the width. In order to create a piece that could be from another time, I use tea to mute and darken the fabrics.
I am drawn to imagery from American folk art with emphasis on the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Shakers. I also find inspiration in medieval illustrations – The simplicity of line in some of these drawings translates well into rug hooking.
What keeps you rug hooking?
I use rug hooking in my practice alongside patchwork, sculpture and installation in order to connect with an imagined past.
The action is both relaxing and rewarding. I delight in the heaviness and texture of a completed rug and the way in which the wool brings to life the line drawing on the burlap.
Thank you Heather for sharing with us!
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