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RUGS is a new vibrant magazine that brings the art of living and hooking rugs into your home. This art underfoot is not just for floors anymore.
What makes a magazine good?
1. A stunning cover.
2. Stylized and functional Table of Contents.
3. Illustrated Graphics.
4. High-impact and stunning photography.
5. Infographics; less text without losing important information.
6. White space; I don't crowd pages, and I give your eyes a place to rest.
7. Typeface that sets a certain mood.
8. Every issue has a theme.
9. Thinking in spreads adds creativity & vitality to the story.
10. In this case, lots of beautiful patterns.
11. Creative projects that add juice to your aspirations to make you a more creative rug-hooking artist.
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Enjoy receiving the summer edition of RUGS printed on premium paper and receive a complimentary digital issue. Your printed copy includes two 10x10 inch wool samples from an assortment of 100% wool fabrics. The Queen Bee rug pattern, five artistic greeting cards, and 10 screensavers to inspire your art of living and hooking rugs.
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It's finally here. The cover for the RUGS Summer issue takes us seaside; the perfect place for inspiration and relaxation. Plus, the Kickstarter campaign for RUGS is days away from launching. Stay tuned.
The impulse to cover interior surfaces has historically been both utilitarian and decorative. Early American rugs were yarn sewn, shirred, appliqued, and embroidered. As many surviving rugs attest, the best examples transcend function through the graphic power of their color and design.
“The Great Cover-up: American Rugs on Beds, Tables, and Floors” features approximately 65 rugs that span the end of the 18th through the mid-20th centuries, including several monumental masterworks, such as the museum’s stunning 13-foot Appliqued Carpet (c. 1860) and the magnificent Embroidered Carpet (1832–1835) by Zeruah H. Guernsey Caswell from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other treasures from the museum’s collection include the rare and strikingKnitted Rug attributed to Elvira Hulett, a member of the Hancock Shaker community, whose design is a technical tour de force, and the graphic Pictorial Table Rug, which powerfully illustrates the strong link between church and home. Originally, hand-sewn and -hooked rugs were enjoyed only within the intimate confines of the home. Today, their public appreciation provides a fascinating glimpse into the private spaces of American life.
Although the museum regularly includes rugs in its exhibitions, “The Great Cover-up” is the first presentation devoted to a wide range of American rug traditions since 1974, when Kate Kopp and Joel Kopp organized the seminal show “Hooked Rugs in the Folk Art Tradition.”
Coordinated by Stacy C. Hollander, senior curator and director of exhibitions
You can read more in the Summer issue of RUGS coming in July 2018.
Meet textile artist James Shedden as he shows you how much of an impact color makes when your allow your creative spirit to roam free.
Say hello to Deirdre who hooks rugs that send powerful messages about our world today and where we are going.
The summer edition of RUGS is coming to you in July. A big thick magazine that hopes to capture your creative soul to inspire and learn about hooking rugs, the art of living, and the art of cooking. Your summer issue features textile artists from all around the world who have diverse backgrounds.
If you want to see beautiful colorful images and learn new things about you can add creativity to your daily life, explore the bright and happy pages that offer an escape from a hectic world, and enter a quiet place where everyone is welcome and friendly.
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Finding Coyote tracks in the newly fallen snow attract Sir Finlay's curiosity, and lead him along a path that takes him to a flowing creek and a small pond. Whilst small animals and birds watch Sir Finlay move through the snow, there is a resounding stillness and roaring quiet all around.
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The summer edition of the RUGS Magazine is an escape from reality. We're taken away from our noisy world into a quiet respite of New England beaches and serene settings that are sure to inspire us to make rugs, big and small.
Explore rug-hooking artists from Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA. Relax as you read about textile artists and painters who are certain to capture your inspiration to make beautiful rugs. RUGS brings contemporary, traditional, and primitive styles to you, so there is something lovely for everyone to enjoy.
RUGS shows you the impact that words have in artistic rugs and textile art. See how artists express their thoughts using wool, cotton, threads, yarns, and fabric to create magnificently powerful messages, and we show you how you can set your inner wildness free.
Summer brings us to the water; lakes, rivers, and seas, so it's no wonder we show you the psychology of colors that reflect water and flowers. Learn what moods are created by teal (blue/green), aqua, and green. Knowing how colors affect our moods, we get creative and apply this knowledge into our rugs when color planning.
Artful and beautifully designed trading cards, stationary, and posters bring a little bit of that whimsy and play into your life. The trading cards are something you can collect and post on your inspiration mood boards, or trade them with a friend. We are never to old to play, right? I want to bring joy and creativity into your life that inspires you and moves you to play. Afterall, play is all part of the art of living, and we mustn't stop, but keep playing to keep our hearts young.
The art of cooking also brings you some fresh ideas for easy summer recipes that are healthy and sinfully tasty on the taste-buds. I explore recipes and try them myself before sharing them with you, so that I know they are decadently delicious and manageable with a busy schedule.
So if you are tired of the ho-hum humdrum and want to read and see fresh ideas for the art of living and hooking rugs, give my summer edition a try. Order your copy or subscription in my shoppe.
One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.
As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp: On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.” Source: Barbara Maranzani
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