Sometimes when I look back over things I have made I can hardly believe my hands were involved with it. Do you ever experience that?
These rugs were some of my first attempts at Abstract and modern design. They have all been sold except for my Chasing Klimt, the first picture you see here.
I like to review my work, whether it’s rugs , or just the growth of the studio. It makes you feel like you have been somewhere and that there are places left to go. Review is important, whether it is your sketch books, your scrapbooks, old pictures.
Our rugs sort of review our lives the way a photo album might. Instead of remembering what you were wearing you are more likely to remember how you were feeling, or what stage you were at. When you look at the design you can remember the place you were in when you were making it. You can see it by the design and colour that you used.
In these rugs I can remember the trepidation I felt venturing away from the pictorials towards more abstract design. I wondered if I was heading in the right direction. I wondered if they would ever sell, thinking…maybe not but that is no reason not to make them.
We need to look back and see where we have been to appreciate where we are.
Sometimes I forget that I started my rug hooking studio in a trunk with a two thousand dollar loan from my mother. That’s the truth.
Sometimes I forget that my first rugs were as simple as they were.
Sometimes I forget that twenty two years is a long time.
Sometimes I need to just go back over things just so I can remember.