While I’ve been waiting for the “hooking bug” to attack me again, I’ve been enjoying the work of others even more than usual. What a treat when I received an email from my friend Jean who has just returned from attending the Green Mountain School at Montpelier Vermont. (That excursion is on my bucket list.)
I admire many people in the Rug Hooking community, but two of my absolute favourites were teaching this year at Green Mountain. …..Donna Hrkman and Jon Ciemiewitz.
I have never seen a rug hooked by Donna Hrkman that didn’t take my breath away.
Donna’s two steam punk pieces both have the same general topic with very different outcomes and emphases. The neutral colour palette of the lower one highlights the mechanical aspects, while the vibrant colours of the other, make it almost a game to search for them within the work.
….and aren’t those lace cuffs exquisite?
This is not one of her works that I have seen before, and for some reason, I can’t make it larger.
This powerful portrait should inspire me in my own neutral palette.
This Aldzheimer’s piece has a profound effect on me every time I see it. Having watched the suffering of both my mother and mother-in-law due to this awful condition, I tear up every time I see it. The touching and sensitive way she has depicted the various cognitive abilities leaving the mind is simply genius….leaving the soul noble.
I couldn’t believe it when Jean told me Jon Ciemiewitz was also teaching at Green Mountain…..how lucky could she be! I have always heard such wonderful reports of him as a teacher, and who could not fall in love with his work.
His use of light in that rhino piece makes it almost photographic.
….and here is the man himself
….and here is lucky Jean with him.
….such Christmas joy and chaos.
Thanks Jean for the pictures and the inspiration they have given me. After they arrived, I went and dyed a batch of wool, and I think I’m ready to get back to work in earnest.
…And thanks too to all who stop by and read my musings.