Join sculptural fibre artist Marina Dempster in using the traditional craft of rug hooking to engage in a practice of radical presence, acceptance, enjoyment, and self-compassion. In this workshop we will use a playful humour and scrap materials to make something out of nothing – we will get experimental, expressive, and empowered. Whether you are a beginner or expert, together we will delight in how rug hooking is an accessible and nourishing habit that can allow us to hook into the simple joy of a tactile process, while expanding our awareness, and tapping into our creative superpowers to inspire, heal and surprise ourselves and each other.
- A hoop (embroidery hoop, rug hooking hoop, punch needle hoop- almost any needle craft hoop will do)
- A rug hooker’s hook
- Linen or cotton for a base for the stitch work
- A tapestry or darning needle
- Fabric scraps, silk ribbons, and other materials you want to explore with
Refuse materials or whatever you have on hand are highly encouraged.
A Beginner’s Rug Hooking Starter Kit is optional and available for purchase while quantities last at the AGB Brock Lobby front desk for $20. The kit includes 1 Hoop, 1 Hooker’s hook, burlap for base fabric, tapestry needle, fabric scraps and other surprises. Please note: due to the province-wide lockdown, the gallery remains closed. The Beginner’s Rug Hooking Starter Kit will become available for purchase when the gallery reopens.
You will need to have a screen device with a Zoom account and some proficiency in navigating Zoom.
We are unable to go over “how-to-Zoom” during the workshop due to limited time.
To learn Zoom basic navigations, please watch this short YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiMAStIflXI
To learn how to Pin a Video on Zoom, please watch this short YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYg-0p4M_Qo
Registration will end two days before the workshop start date. The zoom link will be emailed to registrants one day before the workshop start date.
Marina Dempster is a sculptural fibre artist who makes contemporary objects employing traditional craft techniques. Informed by the patterns and cycles of nature, this crafting is a transmutation of materials, thoughts, and emotions. Loop by loop, bead by bead, she explores human paradoxes: comfort and discomfort, stillness and action, acceptance, and change. Her playful and vibrant installations are a celebration of the human imagination, showing that renewal and growth are encouraged when a personal practice is shared in a communal context.
Marina Dempster’s hybrid art practice is born out of her own hybrid cultural identities: born in Mexico, to European parents, and has lived in Canada since the age of two. Her sculptural fibre art has been exhibited internationally in over a dozen art museums including the Cheoungju International Biennale representing the “Unity and Diversity” of contemporary Canadian fine craft. Her professional photography work has seen her win numerous awards, including a Juno. As a curator and mentor, Dempster is most enlivened by what happens when personal practice meets community. She is a passionate intergenerational champion of the creativity in others, sharing her various processes as a means of igniting habits and rituals which foster self-knowledge and community connection, leading to positive social change.
You can catch up with Marina’s current projects on her social media:
Image credits: Christina Gapic
Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist