Rug Crafting Australia

MoosewithBoomerang   “North meets South: Moose with Boomerang”

Fibre artists, rugcrafters and rugmakers from Australia, New Zealand and across the South Pacific are pushing a traditional craft from the Northern Hemisphere in new and different directions.

Caught! At Exhibition in Red Rock Regional Theatre and Art Gallery (Cororooke, S. Victoria)

In recent years, Australian rugcrafters (hookers) have slowly rediscovered their rag rug roots and the traditional craft nearly lost to us in this country. With that in mind, this site offers information that focuses on rug crafting in the “south”.

People are often heard to comment, “I used to do that when I was a kid” but are generally referring to latch hook rugs ( a relatively recent craft)  which uses different tools and materials to produce a very different but distinctive shaggy rug.

The challenge for fibre artists who want to ensure the survival of  rag rug making or rughooking as a small slice of Australian cultural history is to clearly define this traditional handcraft and demonstrate how it can move from craft to art.

Tall Ship “Tenacious” docked in Belgium (ship photo and rug); 26 x 28 recycled wool blankets, alpaca/mohair yarns, sari silk, sculpted, hooked. Seen with image of original ship.

The craft vs/art discussion is one I  hope we might also examine by highlighting how fibre artists in the southern hemisphere are  extending the spectrum of fibre and textile arts through their work.

If you would like to learn more about the “lost” traditional rug making craft (and art!) of your transported or migrant grandparents, please considering joining my group or any of the other rug crafting groups around Australia. (You’ll find links to them on this site).                       International Fibre Art Meeting Perth 2015

Thanks for stopping by!

Judi

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