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Anne Cox – Celebrate Spring: Designing a Spring Rug

The goal of this class is to have participants design and create their own 18”x18”small rugs based on the idea of “Spring,” since in mid-May we should be firmly in the Spring season and looking towards Summer even. The class will include slide shows of art that invokes “Spring” and a presentation of the design process I use in the rugs I make. During the three days of the class I hope participants will tap into their own creativity, and enjoy hooking their own designs.

The rugs below are recent works by Anne,  they are much larger than the 18×18″ rug you’ll be designing.  You can click on a thumbnail to look at Anne’s work more closely.

Students should bring:

30” square of backing (unmarked)
Pencil and paper
Wool (thinking about Spring) in color selection
Cutter if they want to bring their own. I will bring mine, which is a Townsend Beeline with a #7 head, which is the size I am recommending for this exercise.
Students will design and hook an 18”x18” rug.

The Teacher

I grew up in North Carolina. I have a B.E.D.A from The College of Design at NC State University, an M.L.A. from The University of Michigan, and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. After ordination in the Episcopal Church, I spent ten years working in congregations. In 1997, I moved to mid-coast Maine, and turned toward working in landscape design and installation. I started hooking rugs in 2006, and then more recently began painting. Currently, with my partner, we run Hedgerow, a seasonal market and gallery.

Artist’s Statement

In the rugs I make and in what I paint I am interested in the intersection of specific reality and more universal patterns. In my rugs I have been exploring abstracting monarch butterflies, bird nests, the forest, and more recently, landscapes and gardens. Rugs are a process for me, and they evolve as I work on them.


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