Rug hookers are always on the lookout for inspiration and contemporary art is a wonderful place to find it. They come cross tempting immages on Google and it feels like open season for adaptation. In reality, they must consider the perspective of the art creator. Most contemporary artists are trying to sell their original artwork.
I met Tamara Pavich online several years ago when she reached out to me for permission to use my “Nesting Robin” artwork as inspiration and reference for hooking a rug. Tammy opened my eyes to the art of rug hooking, something I had no idea was so creative and artistic. Somewhere along the interchange of emails and phone calls… we clicked.
Tammy does not hook rugs for a living, she runs a Ragbrai charter service called Pork Belly Ventures. As it turns out, she and I had biking in common too. What is RAGBRAI? It’s an acronym for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, a non-competitive bike ride organized by the Des Moines Register and going from west to east across the state of Iowa. This ride draws riders from across the US and many foreign countries, it’s the largest bike touring even in the world.
Tammy and I talked about art, about rug hooking, and about biking. She used my Piggly Wiggly I and II collages (above) as bike jerseys for her charter service that first year. We tried to figure out how I could get myself and my bike to Iowa, but my busy workshop schedule didn’t permit. I’ve finally (years later) managed to get my schedule cleared for summer 2016! I’m taking the next year to train and get ready to ride 60-70 MILES-A-DAY for a week.
It’s always good to have a goal.
Recently Tammy was featured in the current issue of Rug Hooking Magazine with her hooking of my collages. What a wonderful combination! The article talks about how Tammy was inspired by my art and then caught me on the cell phone at the airport asking permission to hook my published collage art (which were part of a Lang calendar that year). She also shares about our friendship.
Isn’t art amazing how it connects people?
The article goes on to talk about copyright law and the range of artist responses to the question of using original art for inspiration, all great information for artists of all media.
It’s been a couple years since I first gave Tammy permission to hook away at my art. Since then she’s used my pig as a bike jersey, she’s been featured on the cover of a great magazine, we’ve talked about collaborating on a book, she and I have set a plan in motion for me to join her charter on RAGBRAI in 2016… and…
Two weeks ago I met Tammy for the first time in Lincoln, Nebraska. I was teaching a workshop for Southeast Community College and Tammy said, “I’m taking you to dinner!” We clicked in person the very same way we clicked on the phone and on line.
I’ve made a new friend all over again.
I look forward to my ride across the state of Iowa. Putting my helmet on and hitting the trail now to start training. After all, luck is what happens when prepared meets opportunity.
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My Art Journey,
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