This rag rug by Margaret Kenny was inspired by a trip to Scotland last year. The visit came about as Margaret was invited to run a rag rugging workshop on Seil Island, one of the slate islands in the Inner Hebrides. There are four slate islands, Easdale, Seil, Luing and Belnahau and as you would expect, the underlying geology of all the islands is slate. The islands were heavily quarried from the 17th century until the 1930’s and this has had a significant impact on the landscape. One of the islands (Eilean-a-beithich) was quarried so heavily that the entire centre of one of the islands was removed leaving only the outer rim, which was eventually eroded by the sea. Margaret was inspired by the dark and beautiful stratified slate landscape of Seil Island.
Another inspiration behind the rag rug was the Ardmaddy Wishing Tree, an ancient gnarled and unfortunately nearly dead Hawthorn tree thought to grant wishes if you embed a coin into its bark.
Tracy Jamar is an American textile artist based in New York. Back in the summer of 2015 she approached me, after seeing some of my posts on my Bright Seed Textiles facebook page, and asked if she could feature some of my work in her forthcoming book.
The book has just been published. My copy still hasn't arrived yet, so I don't know which pictures of my work have made the cut, but it's all very exciting!
The work Tracy wanted to include involved shirring (where strips of fabric are sewn onto the base fabric) and wrapping (where strips of fabric are wrapped around a base rope/cord) and coiling (where strips of fabric are rolled up and then sewn onto the base fabric. If you want to find out more, you'll either have to come on one of our workshops or buy Tracy's book. I've included some example pictures below that are likely to be similar to the images appearing in Tracy's book. You can see more of my work on my gallery page.
To find out more about Tracy visit her website www.tracyjamar.com or facebook page Tracy Jamar FiberWorks
shirring & clipped progging Coiling, wrapping & shirring shirring & clipped progging