In the process of honoring the fading heritage of the remarkable craft of rug hooking and its dramatic evolvement to fine art status as predicted by the late teacher/designer Pearl K. McGown, the Hooked Rug Museum of North America has just announced the selection of Michele Micarelli of Connecticut as the United States Rug Hooker of the Year for 2013.
A Past Chair of the Northern McGown Teacherʼs Workshops, her modernistic approach to design and color selection has won Michele numerous plaudits for opening an adventuress approach to rug art creativity. To coin a word from outer space exploration, Michele has dared to tread where rug hooking has seldom dared to go - and succeeded dramatically and in proliferation in both doing so and teaching how.
A major exhibit of Ms Micarelliʼs work will be unveiled at the June 15th formal dedication of the Hooked Rug Museum of North America on June 15th in Queensland, Nova Scotia. It will remain in place throughout the summer months to permit extensive public viewing.
Her biography relates a world of artistic accomplishment and recognition wrapped up in little more than a decade of remarkable accomplishments.
She is a certified rug hooking teacher whose main objective is to unleash creativity. Her talents in this objective are reflected in her work which will be displayed for all to enjoy. She is in big demand as a teacher, in Nova Scotia and elsewhere and her classes are full of storytelling, imagination, exercises and laughter. She has been a rug hooker since 1991 and prefers hooking on linen using #4 and #5 cut wool to achieve lots of detail.
She started rug hooking because of her childhood memories of rugs her father hooked.
Her rug hooking talent has been featured in several editions of The Celebration of Rug Hooking. and images of her rugs have appeared in books by Linda Coughlin, Jessie Turbayne, the late Mary Sheppherd Burton and Amy Oxford. She has been featured in several issues of Rug Hooking Magazine with articles that showed her dyeing skills and rugs made with imagination. She has taught workshops in the USA and Canada.
In addition to the extensive collection of Micheleʼs work which will be prominently displayed in the HRMNA HALL OF FAME ( auditorium) this summer, images of her work can also be viewed on the internet at her website www.Michelemicarelli.com
She is the past President of the Northern McGown Teacherʼs Workshop and is a judge of Craftʼs Adventure in New England. Michele was honored artist at the Green Mountain Shelburne Museum “Strong Women” show and winner of The Silver Hook Award at The Newtown Rug Show 2008 for her dedication andcontribution to rug hooking.
(Contact W.H.Conrod at 902-275-5222.)
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