Rag rug making is a craft that developed out of necessity when fabric was a precious commodity, and rugs for the floor an expensive outlay. Old, worn out or damaged garments are cut up and hooked through a backing fabric to produce a strong, warm and useful item. Artist and maker, Vita Cochran will teach you how to make a hooked rug from old woollen garments and fabric. Recycle materials in an innovative way to create an original artwork imbued with history.
By the end of the workshop, you will know more about the history of rag rug making, how to choose and prepare materials, the technique of hooking and started making a small sample rug, which you can finish at home. Refreshments, materials and equipment will be provided. The workshop includes a half-hour meal break. Please bring your own lunch or visit our Gallery café.
Vita Cochran is a maker of contemporary textile objects such as handbags, accessories, and embroideries, which draw on craft, art, and fashion history. Vita’s work has been collected by major museums in New Zealand and is represented by Anna Miles Gallery in Auckland. Her most recent exhibition After Paintings (2019) showcased handmade rag rugs inspired by modernist paintings.
- Refreshments and a complimentary snack will be provided.
- This workshop includes a half-hour meal break. Please bring your own lunch or visit our Gallery Cafe.
- The Non-Members price includes a one-year Membership with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
- If you are a Gallery Member with a valid guest pass, you can bring a friend for the Members price.
- This workshop has a minimum attendance requirement which, if not met, may cause it to be cancelled. If this is the case, those registered will be fully reimbursed.
- Maximum attendance: 15.
- At Level 2, the programme will go ahead, but with reduced capacity. Those who were later in making their bookings, may not be accommodated within this reduced capacity and will be refunded.
- At Level 3, the programme will be cancelled, and refunds made.
Image credit: Vita Cochran’s exhibition After Paintings. Installation view, Anna Miles Gallery, 2019. Photograph: Samuel Hartnett ©