Now Showing in the Ledyard Gallery
Hats Off to Howe! by Kristina Burnett
Hats Off to Howe by Kristina Burnett
Hats Off to Howe by Kristina Burnett is on display Friday, August 3 through Wednesday, October 3
Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Howe Library invites you to attend an opening reception for Hats Off to Howe!: a collection of 35 hand-dyed and hand-hooked wall hangings created by retiring Howe Head of Circulation Services, Kristina Burnett, in honor of the library staff.
Kristina Burnett says:
I am drawn to folk art both because it’s colorful and fun, and because it lends itself nicely to the hooking medium. I use wide-cut strips of wool hooked into a loosely woven linen backing, which is strong and resilient. I like hand-dyed wools best for the depth of color, either dyed by me or by someone else, but I also will use “as-is” wools from the bolt. Sometimes I use cast-off wools from skirts, coats, hats or scarves.
I love beautiful things and I like to use my hands. My father made beautiful wooden cabinets as a hobby and his father was a violinist, so perhaps I come by this naturally. I picked up rug hooking after admiring some chair pads on a neighbor’s dining room chairs. She gave me the tools and, being a librarian, I did some research, then jumped right in.
This exhibit is the result of three years of work. I had just made a folk image based on an old Czech postage stamp and decided then I would make one small “stamp” for each of my colleagues. After 20 years’ worth of shared stories, I came up with an image I hoped would please each person.
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