I had a great time at R.U. G. on Saturday, but my camera did not! I thought I was being very clever, and changed the batteries just before I left. But oh no! It was as dead as a door nail when I tried to take a picture. It was only after I got back home that I realized I had used the batteries I’d just put in the recharger from my dying mouse, rather than the freshly charged ones on the other side. So I have no photos of the people or activities or the many venders, but luckily, Judith Ivi sent me the photos she took of all the zentangle rugs, and I have some I took of them last week…..so I can share some of the day.
The zentangle presentation was varied and interesting…..from its zen and doodling roots (with lots of examples) to its adaptation to rug hooking in a wide range of variation…..even to having Mary draw a zentangle from scratch on an overhead while the rest of the program progressed.
Linda Wilson and this small piece were the initial inspiration for the topic of zentangle inspired hooking.
Linda hooked this little mat a few years ago at the annual in Ottawa when she took a short course on the topic, and she was the spear head for our group investigating its possibilities. Brenda (who is a tangler par excellence) gave us a wonderful talk at a regular Sunshine meeting a few months ago to get us going.
Some chose to hook in black and white, the traditional colours of zentangle.
Mary used soft chenille wool for this piece….
Karen’s example is one of Judith’s photos, and for some reason I can neither rotate it, or resize it. It is for her grandson (these are his initials) and is partially hooked and partially drawn and the background, making a dramatic effect.
Mary stuck with the yummy chenille for the background of this one, and added colour to the motifs . I love the story of her third example…..
While on vacation, without any hooking supplies, when struck with the desire to hook….she washed this bag (which had originally held some spirits) several times to tighten it up, made a hook out of a coat hanger….and “hooked” it with her available yarn by pushing her one hand into the bag to create tension and feed the wool up. As she said….when that “urge” hits a hooker….nothing can stop them.
Cheri took a course with Rae Farrell, based on abstract design, and created this zen inspired beauty.Her second example is a very stylish tea pot. (almost looks like it’s dancing)
Isabelle was inspired with celtic hearts.
Seven other members each hooked a 5″ x 5″ example (a specific zentangle exercise) then mounted them with some zentangle drawing for added interest. (I wonder if they’ll argue over who gets this????)
Chris incorporated zentangle design into this delicate heart.Joanne , like many of us, sketched her idea first, but felt that when translated into wool, much of the zentangle aspect lost its impact. Still a lovely zentangle inspired apple tree.
Jean began work on her zentangle piece shortly after arriving home from a wonderful trip to the American south west. Her mind was still full of the desert and the images of navajo culture she had experienced. She incorporated those into her zentangle with every symbol and colour having meaning and significance.
…..as opposed to mine which has neither meaning or significance and is rather a sampler of six zentangle patterns.
My biggest “no-camera” regret, is that I have no photo of Wendie Scott Davis’s lovely Barbados inspired zentangle. In the making, we both struggled to make our pieces cohesive. Hers having multi coloured tangles, with the primary one a colourful sailfish. She used the colours of the central sailfish in her border which created a cohesive whole, and drew the eye around the whole piece, while I used position and value (and a lot of re-hooking) to try to balance mine. The same problem with totally different, but equally successful solutions I think. This link will take you to Wendie’s blog and a photo of her zentangle. http://theruggedmoose.blogspot.ca/2015/03/does-hooking-in-colour-take-zen-out-of.html
Linda was the final presenter and discussed not zentangle but the process of choosing a colour pallette for a specific location.
We all learned a great deal from her problems and final success in creating a zentangle inspired rug for her bathroom which would compliment its new decor.
….these were the wools she used (the second set she chose)
More next time about the “Hilda” mementos, and the Maud Lewis surprise.
I hope you’re having the same wonderful spring weather that we are.
Thanks for stopping by.