I am thankful to be able to bring my lifetime of work in the healing arts together with my experience as a writer and artist to my exploration of journaling and contemporary fibre arts as a process of looking inside for answers.
What is unique about my introspective process is the ties between my writing and my design. This includes writing on the linen around my design to highlight the inspiration for each mat, selection of colours based on Chakra colour theory, and a technique of following the healing energy to produce an intuitive, abstract design. Each mat represents the next step needed in my journey to becoming the Wild Woman I was meant to be.
I hook in a loose, organic style with a variety of new and recycled fabrics and yarns (mostly wool and silk) on linen. Likewise, my spinning is unstructured, with a focus on spinning from the curly locks and mostly wool from Nova Scotia sheep. I start with a simple sketch from my journal and a basic idea of the colours I want to use. I don’t colour plan. Each design develops in an intuitive way.
The names of my pieces evoke the feelings I am trying to create, such as Dancing Wildly – With Joy!, Love Letter, Dancing in the Wind, Breaking Open, Curvy Lines, Joy Releasing, Abundance, Let This Be Enough, What Do I Need Right Now? and Wild Woman in Willow Tree Pose.
My work is inspired by: my mom, Nancy Cook, a rug hooker extra-ordinaire, for her great colour sense; Deanne Fitzpatrick, for raising rug hooking to an art and encouraging me early on to do my own designs; and Monet and the other Impressionist artists for their art that draws me in and fills my soul.
I am working on creating a page with photos of all of my work to date. In the meantime, I have posted photos of a sampling of my portfolio. You can also see examples of my work in my two books, as well as at the Designer Craft Shop in Halifax.