Hooked Rug Story Telling:The Art of Heather Ritchie – Lesley Mary Close

February 13, 2012 by
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Hooked Rug Story Telling:The Art of Heather Ritchie - Lesley Mary Close

Hooked Rug Storytelling: The Art of Heather Ritchie by Lesley Mary Close, featuring various ‘memory’ rugs created by Heather, was published by Schiffer in 2011. Heather brings her own unique style to this traditional craft. Her work has been mentioned in several British and North American publications but this is the first book to tell the story of her life and work. Heather’s approach to rug-making has transformed a basic handicraft into an art form of great subtlety, and the stories told in this book relate to over twenty of her rugs. She shares anecdotes about Scarcote, the North Yorkshire farm where she spent many happy childhood holidays; Guiding Light tells how she would walk with her newly-blind father when she was only five years old, helping him form a mental map of his home town; Paradise Garden, based on the last photo of her mother in the garden amongst beautiful flowers; and Origins and Identity, which ends the book with details of Heather’s work in The Gambia teaching blind people to make rugs. hooked-rug-storytelling.com
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