is a primitive folk artist. She has always been creative but she
started calling herself an artist just a year ago. As a rug hooker
she expresses without inhibition the world around her in a simple
and real way. Because she hooks alone without a group she does not
have the influence of other people’s ideas or rules. Like
many Mainers she recycles everything, in this case wools. Her hooked
rugs are folk art. They are art made by the untrained, unschooled
ordinary people, “Art of the Common Man or Woman”. She
hand cuts wide strips of recycled hand dyed wools on linen backgrounds.
She dyes with natural ingredients and dye stuffs found in Early
New England Farms. Much of her dyeing is done over her nine foot
fireplace, where in the winter a never ending fire is featured.
has been living in Edgecomb, Maine for eight years. She is a Maine
Native who lived 15 years in Nova Scotia and then returned home
to Maine. Maritime themes of ships, water, mermaids and the simple
life, farming and fishing are evident in her work. She has been
hooking for twelve years part-time and has recently retired from
teaching to hook and write full time. She lives with her husband
, four children , one dog, two cats, four kittens, twenty seven
heirloom chickens, and a variety of pets and animals. Susie Stephenson
has been hooking for twelve years. Her own mother placed her hook
in her hand and said try this. In one week she had finished her
first rug and had started another one. She was hooked! She mainly
hooks alone and because of this she is not influenced by other designs
and rules. She designs and hooks her own rugs. She is not afraid
to take chances and try non traditional fabrics or to pull the loops
higher or lower to suit her picture. Rug hooking has been around
for hundreds of years, but recently has become a very collectible
type of folk art. Collectors continue to seek out unusual and artistic
examples regardless of age.
has been listed in the Early American Life Directory Of Traditional
American Crafts since 2005 and recently featured in the Maine Sunday
Telegram (Follow link and read story).