Occurs on Tuesday January 14 2020

Approximate running time: 3 hours


Workman Arts Lower Hall
651 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Textile Museum of Canada presents Community Voices, a series of classes for Workman Arts members that also provides a group exibition opportunity at the Textile Museum.

In this workshop participants will learn the basic technique of rug hooking, a slow and repetitive hand process that borrows methods from knitting and embroidery. Rug hooking is an art and craft form that uses recycled textiles as a primary material and produces both functional and conceptual objects. Over the course of four workshops participants will be guided through the process of designing and making a hooked ‘badge of honor’. This small project will range from the size a coaster to a trivet. All participants will be supplied with a rug hooking tool, frame, and other primary materials needed to start and complete a small hooked object. The workshops will incite a social and relaxed atmosphere, with coffee and refreshments served.

Instructor: Lauren Cullen

Lauren Cullen is an artist, facilitator and researcher, ßßßand is completing her PhD at Ryerson University in communication and cultural studies. Lauren first learned how to hook rugs while living in Halifax, NS and working as furniture finisher. Her art-based research practice responds to the history, culture and contemporary practice of rug hooking in Canada. She has facilitated workshops with Xpace Cultural Center and Girls Art League in Toronto, and collaboratively with artist Panya Clark Espinal at the Carleton University Art Gallery. She has presented her research and video works at the Savannah College of Art and Design Biennial Art Symposium, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery and the Kenderdine Gallery (University of Saskatchewan).

Image: Three completed hooked "atches" of various hand gestures, Lauren Cullen.

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