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Traditional Rug Hooking: Designing from Nature


Join Liz Alpert Fay to explore the technique of traditional rug hooking and discovering inspiration from nature for your designs. 

Course Description

We will begin this workshop with a walk around the Shakerag campus to photograph for inspiration. In the classroom participants will focus on developing a personal vocabulary using the elements of color and design. Those new to rug hooking will learn the basics needed to create their own hand hooked rug. Those familiar with the technique will be challenged to design and finish a new piece. A smart phone, iPad, or digital camera is necessary for this workshop.

Artist Biography

Liz Alpert Fay earned a degree in Textile Design from the Program in Artisanry at Boston University, and then spent seventeen years creating art quilts, exhibiting nationally and in Japan. In 1998 Liz became intrigued with the technique of traditional rug hooking and since then has been creating contemporary works of her own design. These pieces are selected for juried shows and invitational museum exhibitions, and purchased for private and museum collections. From 2001-2014 Liz actively promoted innovation in the hooked art of contemporary artists and produced annual juried shows. Early in her career she earned the title of Master Teaching Artist through the State of Connecticut, and for many years has been giving classes in the textile arts. 

Learn more about Liz Alpert Fay and her work by visiting her website, and checking out her Instagram @lizalpertfay.


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