I can finally reveal one of my “super secret rugs”. Over a year ago, I was invited by Tamara Pavich to participate in a group project. Her article, Van Gogh Vibrations: a Look at a Master’s Use of Light, appears in the March/April/May 2016 issue of Rug Hooking Magazine. The focus of the project was Van Gogh’s use of color to create a vibrating effect in his paintings created during the last few years of his brief life. Each group member chose a painting from this time period and adapted it to the medium of rug hooking.
I chose the painting, Crows Over the Wheatfield, which Van Gogh painted in 1890. I liked the simplicity of the painting, which allowed me to explore his use of color and brushstrokes. I dyed the wool for this rug and used a wider cut for my strips to simulate his brushstrokes. I embroidered the crows on top of the hooking. The dimensions of my rug, which I titled A Murder of Crows, are 20” x 40”, the same as his painting.
The other rug hookers, who took part in this project, are Julie Yarbrough, Rachael T. Conner, Tamara Pavich, Norma Brimstein, Lou Ann Ayres, Debra Walland, and Laura Kenyon. Several of the featured rugs were adapted by Janet Conner.
Van Gogh is my favorite artist and I know I’m not alone in my love of his vibrant colors and brushstrokes. His paintings are iconic. I just ordered a book of his letters to his brother, Theo, and look forward to finding out more about this man.
So, one super secret rug is revealed and a few more waiting to be unlocked. Stay tuned!
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the vibrations of paint and dyed wool.