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What Inspires Me Now.....Remembering Maude Lewis

What Inspires Me Now.....Remembering Maude Lewis

Recently I went to see the movie Maudie which I loved. I loved it for one reason mainly. They captured the heart of being an artist. When I went bible study the next day, Cynthia, a former artist told me that she had read Lance Woolaver's book, A Heart at the Door and that there was a lot of artistic licence in the movie. Her life was much tougher than was portrayed in the movie. As Cynthia said, "Everett was no Ethan Hawke." 
I had left the movie wondering what was accurate and what was not. I had known very little about her. So I ordered Woolaver's book from the library and am waiting for it to come. The movie Maudie is a story, and is told sweetly and sensitively.
After watching it I was inspired to come home and make work straight from my heart. When a movie can do that to someone who has been making art for twenty five years I think it did a lot right.
The next night I stayed home and made a simple little house rug with a few flowers.
I just wanted to hook pretty. You can see a detail from it below.
It was not important to me that the movie be accurate in every detail. I was disappointed to hear that it was not but really I learned from the movie that I wanted to know more about her. I also felt that they really showed the most important thing about her, her artistic spirit, delicately and beautifully. It is an excellent movie and if you get the chance to see it I hope you are as inspired by Maude Lewis and her creative spirit as I was. we very rarely get to see art so pure, even if it was at times drive by commercial sales. I love the spirit that comes through in her work. I love it even more having seen the movie,
If you are interested in knowing more you can see her house at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia which now is the home to house as shown above.
Notice the hooked rugs on the floor. How sweet is that connection.You can also find out more factual information about her life in the links below. Lance Woolaver has researchedMaude's life intensively and recently wrote a biography. The links are below.

Maude Lewis AGNS

Lance Woolaver, Heart at the Door

Pots and pots of flowers

Pots and pots of flowers

I want to show you some little tips here on the Pom members site. Right now I am crazy about flower pots. These are very simple designs I am doing right now but it is their simplicity that is difficult to carry off. For this orange pot I used sexy jersey and highlighted it with rust slub. I wanted a clean looking pot with not too much colour . The pot cannot compete with the flowers in these rugs. The pot has a very simple shape. Lean and long, and only two colours mixed together. I think it is the texture of the slub that works here and lends a bit extra to the pot with out overtaking the flowers.

Great Article from The Globe and Mail about Rug Hooking

Great Article from The Globe and Mail about Rug Hooking

It was amazing to me to see my rug in the Canadian National Newspaper The Globe and Mail, along with the work of many other rug hookers.

For far too long rug hooking has been hardly considered an art. It has at most been considered a domestic art, or women's work and received little notice. Times are changing and you can see that the review of this show that was held at the Textile Museum of Canada got some great space in Canada's National Newspaper.

High time I'd say...but then I hook rugs nearly everyday.

You can read Globe and Mail Article on Rug Hooking here.

The Cheticamp Frame has a Long History.

The Cheticamp Frame has a Long History.

The Cheticamp Frame has been around so long. It originated in Cheticamp, Cape Breton where women had small businesses hooking rugs in their homes and sold them to tourists at gift shops over the summer.

I love how this woman is so engaged in here rug. I feel what she feels. I bet you do too! Perhaps it is her mother leaning over her telling her to get the loops nice and even. 

Rug Hooking is a strong tradition in  Cheticamp and it has been passed from generation to generation for many years. Traditionally small floral rugs were hooked on burlap with fine wool yarn from Quebec in soft colour tones. 

I found a sweet little video that explains the process of Cheticamp rug hooking. The website it mentions no longer exists but I think it is interesting none the less and a good example of rug hooking as I remember it in cheticamp.

There is a beautiful museum, Trois Pignons in Cheticamp that features the rugs of Elizabeth Lefort. She was awarded the order of Canada for her hooked rugs and was famous for her work. Her rugs were presented as gifts to Buckingham Palace and the White house.

Many years ago I wrote an article on Elizabeth for Rug Hooking Magazine. It appears in my most recent book published by Rug Hooking Magazine. I learned a quick lesson when I interviewed. I asked her age and was promptly told that is something one should never ask another and she hung up the phone. I tried to call back and apologize but she was having nothing to do with me. I was able to put together a nice article but with out her input. It made me a bit sad but I have to say I admired her spunkiness.