WoolCake: Live Videos and Notes From Deanne — abstract
Episode 56 A Conversation With Artist, Claire Desjardins
Claire is a prolific and vibrant painter who has just became a rug hooker. In this conversation she and Deanne talk about her work life, her amazing instagram following and her relationship with Anthropologie, the famous American retailer. Claire also speaks about marketing your artwork and licensing. It is a great conversation.
Creating Simple Abstracts
If you're interested in creating an abstract rug, but are unsure of where to start or what colours you want to use, you can always create a single colour abstract.
First you want to gather a large variety of wool and materials in different shades of one colour. You can use as much or little texture in your rug but you do want to have a bit of contrast to incorporate into your rug. Using more texture and less wool will make the wool stand out, and vice versa. As you add colour and texture, keep your vision of the finished rug in mind, it will guide you in creating a very unstructured rug. Balance and composition are still somewhat important but there's no need to get hunk up on them when creating an abstract, it has to please you first and follow the rules secondly.
When hooking a colour or texture, make sure you hook enough of it to make an impact. Constantly changing your colour will end up making your rug look like a hit and miss, you want to give each element its moment to shine.
You want to hook your rug loosely so that it looks like your colours and blending together seamlessly and not just laying next to each other like blobs of similar colours. If it's a large piece put in some contrast colours that are a little different yet still work with the overall colour scheme, these will become a nice focal point that the eye will be drawn to.
There are no rights and wrongs when creating an abstract rug and experimentation is key. Some of your techniques will surprise you at how well they work and others maybe not so much, be creative, brave and follow your instincts and vision of the finished product.