A couple of weeks ago, fellow Canadian blogger Monika posted photos of her latest fibre art series, sweet little prairie rugs. I've long been an admirer of Monika's thread painted prairie landscapes inspired by her photography. In fact, she has given me a whole new appreciation for a part of Canada with which I am not very well acquainted. I drove from Toronto to Vancouver 12 years ago and 20 years ago I drove from Yellowknife to Vancouver via Edmonton & Calgary, however both of those trips were of the pedal-to-the-metal variety. The kind of trip where you take a picture or two out the passenger window, but don't take the time to stop and smell the (prairie) flowers. The one impression I did retain though, was that of big sky. The sky is HUGE on the prairie.
So I was thrilled when Monika accepted my offer to purchase this beautiful piece of fibre art. A hooked prairie scene with a big sky.
Prairie Rug 3 by Monika Kinner-Whalen
She hooked batik and hand dyed scraps with gorgeous effect. I now want to purchase a shallow shadow box to frame this piece in and give it some presence on my wall.
detail of Prairie Rug 3 by Monika Kinner-Whalen
And just for the record, I have tried hooking. I took a fantastic one-day class with talented Vancouver artist Michele Sirois-Silver several years ago. We hooked an 8" x 8" wool rug of a colourful teacup and saucer. I was very pleased with it, but my hands didn't enjoy the process. I wasn't able to get into a rhythm with the hook and my hands just ached. I decided that while I love hooked rugs, I did not love hooking them.
Thank you for sharing your inspired work with me, Monika!