Designs hooked by Ruth

 
“Girl with a Pearl Earring” 2006  Adaptation from Jan Vermeer, 1665

“Girl with a Pearl Earring” 2006
Adaptation from Jan Vermeer, 1665

“Jeanne Hebuterne” 2014  Adaptation from Amedeo Modigliani, 1919

“Jeanne Hebuterne” 2014
Adaptation from Amedeo Modigliani, 1919

“Madeira” 2015  Old Woman in Portugal

“Madeira” 2015
Old Woman in Portugal

"Christmas Bouquet" designed by Jane McGowan Flynn

"Christmas Bouquet" designed by Jane McGowan Flynn

“The Lady of the Dishevelled Hair” 2015  (Leda) Adaptation from Leonardo Da Vinci, late 1400's

“The Lady of the Dishevelled Hair” 2015
(Leda) Adaptation from Leonardo Da Vinci, late 1400's

“Ruth and Jack” 2013  Self Portrait

“Ruth and Jack” 2013
Self Portrait

“Duke Ellington” 2012  Adaptation from Photo by Herman Leonard, Paris, 1958

“Duke Ellington” 2012
Adaptation from Photo by Herman Leonard, Paris, 1958

"Spring is Here, Irises" designed by Jane McGowan Flynn

"Spring is Here, Irises" designed by Jane McGowan Flynn

"Virginia" Designed by Pamela Chase

"Virginia" Designed by Pamela Chase

Painting with Wool

A personal account

My eye has always been keenly drawn to the realistic. From the first moment I picked up a hook my passion has been the fine detail. I do so enjoy the process of placing loops for a realistic look whether in portraits, pictorials or flowers. Painting with wool can take many forms. In my world it involves hooking with a fine cut in #2, 3 and 4 to recreate an image, either from a photo, drawing or painting. The renowned Artist, Mary Pratt, has said, “To find a truth in yourself surely you must start with the exactness of the image”.  In my Portraits course I use her philosophy as an exercise. For the students it is the “very act of looking closely”. The challenge is creatively translating the image before them into a hooked rug.  

I began hooking portraits a few years ago and knew I was at home with this specialty. While I am hooking a face I am truly living in the moment, consumed by the image and the emotional connection I feel for my subject. It is an intensely personal experience. Surrounded by swatches and bits of wool, matching colours,  trying this and that, I feel utter peace and contentment.