Jurors

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Jurors for  Re-imagined” a Challenge with a Difference  are ;

Lead Juror:  Susan Feller, West Virginia, USA – has worked with fiber techniques since childhood. A quick lesson on loop pulling in 1994 brought the crafts and her college studies in Art and History together. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, an editorial board member of Rug Hooking Magazine, she is an instructor of design skills throughout the US, Canada and even Australia during The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers Conference. Her work is in museums, private collections, several juried contemporary shows and she has judged textile and fine art. Susan works in 19th Century techniques and communicates using 21st Century methods. For more about Susan go to:  https://artwools.com/susan-feller/ 

Lori LaBerge, North Carolina, USA – Lori’s work encompasses the abstract. A focus on composition, line, and shape has led to works involving the structural aspects of roads and buildings receiving multiple awards. She has been an artist in resid
ence, juries shows, markets artwork and consistently has work juried into university, gallery and museum settings.  More about Lori at: https://carolinadesignercraftsmen.com/portfolio-item/lori-laberge-fiber-artist/  or
                                                           
Michele Wise, Washington State, USA – Michele recently a judge for Rug Hooking Magazines, Celebrations, brings a 30 year career as a high school teacher to her rug hooking classes. She has been hooking and teaching since 2000. Humour and fun are key to her approach. Michele teaches all aspects of hooking from fine shading, wide cut, 3-d, upholstery, embellishments, hooked books, purses, portraits, sculptures, abstract and modern pieces. She has taught in the US and internationally and is currently director of Western McGown Teachers Workshop. Michele runs two retreats and is co-director of Puget Sound Rug School. She has written articles for Rug Hooking magazine, ATHA magazine, Wool Street Journal, McGown Guild, The Beat, Aussie Rugmakers Guild and TIGHR newsletters. Many of her pieces have been published in books, including Celebrations and two of her pieces are on permanent display at the Bainbridge Art Museum. For more about Michele see:

https://prairieharvestrughookingschool.wordpress.com/michele-wise-zendoodles/

Michelle Sirois-Silver, Vancouver, BC, Canada –
Michelle Sirois Silver’s work is woven with story fragments taken from everyday life.   Although primarily self-taught, Michelle has studied with Dorothy Caldwell and Jason Pollen.  Her hand hooked work is influenced by Gloria Crouse and Nancy Edell.  She teaches and exhibits in North America and works from her studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Michelle says “My work is a record of time and place. The techniques and materials used are selected with intention.  Combined they tell a story, each one informing the other.  Remove one from the equation and we are left with bits and pieces.”  www.michellesirois-silver.com

Katherine Soucie, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Katherine is an artist who works with the fashion industry’s textile waste and other discarded materials. She is a fashion designer by training who transforms waste hosiery and uses obsolete clothing + textile machinery coupled with traditional artisanal techniques to (re)imagine their raisons d’etres — to tell their story. Her practice is informed by identity, craft, labour, production and the act of improvisation. She remixes mending and artisanal handcraft applications with obsolete and digital technologies derived from her formal training in fashion, textiles and visual art in order to produce forms that act as a reminder of what is often left behind. Links: www.sansoucie.ca www.katherinesoucie.com https://www.facebook.com/sanssoucietextiles/

Susan Feller, West Virginia, USAhas worked with fiber techniques since childhood. A quick lesson on loop pulling in 1994 brought the crafts and her college studies in Art and History together. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, an editorial board member of Rug Hooking Magazine, she is an instructor of design skills throughout the US, Canada and even Australia during The
We’d like to introduce the panel of Jurors here;
We’d like to introduce the panel of Jurors here;