Laura Kenney has invited rug hookers to share their voices through art for an online show related to the women’s march and the #metoo movement.
“I was wondering if other hookers were doing rugs on that topic and thought it would be cool to have an online show on the anniversary of the march,” she said. “I posted something and got a good response, with hookers across Canada and the U.S. sending me images. I’ve been surprised by the response.”
Awareness spread quickly when Fiber Art Now magazine shared her Facebook post on their page.
The show is open to everyone, from beginners to longtime hookers. Kenney asks artists to send an image of their rug by Jan. 19, and she will have them posted on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LauraKenneyArtist/ ) and website (http://laurakenneyrugs.ca/ ) for the anniversary of the march, Jan. 21.
“The pussy hats are knitted so crafts were already part of the protest,” she said. “There’s a tendency to think of rug hooking as local mats, without artists using their voices, but there’s some really strong stuff out there. We have a blank canvas, just like a painter, so why not express things?”
Hookers can send images of their work to Lkenneyrugs@gmail.com