Rug Hooking: The Power and Potential of Re-Used Matter

Rug Hooking: The Power and Potential of Re-Used Matter

Start date: January 23, 2020 - End date: April 2, 2020

Time: 7 - 9 PM

Textile Art

Age: 18+

Day : Thursday 10 classes

Start/End : Jan 23 – Apr 2 (No class Mar 19)

Time : 7 – 9 PM

Cost : M: $175 NM: $200 – $50 materials fee

Code : A32

Instructor: Lisa Meecham

Rooted in Canadian history, traditional rug hooking is a utilitarian art-craft.  Those that hooked at the turn of the century, did so out of necessity, as a way of obtaining food vouchers to feed families (in the case of Newfoundland outports).  Regrettably, the craft became at risk of disappearing as it was associated as a task of poverty.  As post-war economics improved in the Maritimes, women put down their hooks, and many never returned to it.  In this session, we’ll be taking a deep dive into it’s connection to class, gender, race, labour rights, and living wages in the arts as the example illuminates our struggle with ongoing consumption, and the use/re-use of cultural waste.

This course is an introduction to the one simple loop of traditional rug hooking. This utilitarian craft-turned-artform is rooted in Canadian History and introduced up-cycling culture before it was fashionable! Projects in this course are easily adaptable and suitable for beginners and seasoned rug hookers, as well as those with minimum and maximum dexterity and sight abilities. Once mastered, the technique of rug hooking can be effortlessly and independently replicated by participants.

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