Thursday Live: Changing directions, textures and a new rug reveal
Sunday Newsletter, January 17, 2021
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.
Roadblocks to Your Creativity
The following are some habits that may be keeping you from accessing your full creativity without you even being aware of it! Keep an eye out for these routines that could be hindering your hooking:
-Keeping the same books on your shelves for years, try switching up your books about every year or so, or when you're done scouring them, donate them.
-Watching TV and Netflix a lot, screens keep you from experiencing the world around you.
-Pinterest: it has a way of pulling you into it's DIY vortex of doom but beware, things don't always look the same on a screen as they do printed out in a book or once you actually create them. An in-person visual is always your best option.
-Relying on your old tricks every time you take on a new project, without tweaking them a little bit or modifying them to suit the new things. Take advice from your friends and fellow hookers every now and then, you may discover your new favourite technique.
-Not using new fabrics and materials in your work. Using the same old stash repeatedly can eventually give your rugs a dreary appearance and make them unintentionally all look the same. Explore new materials you don't usually play with, and frequently buy new pieces of stuff that catches your eye, it doesn't need to be excessive, just don't use the same cut up sweater for the next 3 years.
-Asking the same people for their opinions over and over again. You get the opinions for others to get an outlook that isn't yours, by asking the same people for theirs all the time, you're defeating the purpose.
-Sticking to your favourite artists for inspiration in your rugs. Artists are always evolving and there's always new people on the scene, look for new motivation and creativity in other people from time to time.
-Not keeping a notebook is a big no-no. Your brain is like an endless abyss up there, not jotting down your thoughts, ideas and doodles means there's less of a chance you'll ever retrieve them again once they slip from the front of your mind. Even keeping a list on your Notes app in your smartphone can work.
Tips for Hooking Big Rugs
-Make sure you start out with enough wool to complete your large rug.
-You don't have to use every colour throughout the entire rug, using a similar shade in different areas works well and will keep the design light.
-Have the rug set up on a frame in a visible place so that you get into the habit of hooking a little bit every day. This is a good habit to get into.
-If you're getting bored make a design or colour change instead of putting the whole thing away.
-Try not to get held up by not knowing what colour to use in an area, you can remove a small area of colour at any point without affecting the rest of your rug.
-Borders are a good way to tie together a large rug.
-Big rugs are hard to complete sometimes so stay focused on just getting it done and not necessarily making it perfect in every way.
-Be patient, you won't know how it's going to look until it's done and you can step back from it and see it for what it is.
-You can create a big rug out of small patterns that you've repeated over the whole rug.