Maine Fiberarts shows architectural hooked rugs

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff
Posted July 30, 2012, at 12:13 p.m.

Once again, thanks go to Christine Macchi for supplying this information:

The elegant hooked work of nationally known artist Roslyn Logsdon will be on view through Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Maine Fiberarts gallery, 13 Main St. in Topsham.

The exhibition will hold receptions 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, with a gallery talk scheduled for 2:30-3 p.m.; and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, during which Logsdon will be on hand to answer questions. The second reception will be sponsored by Halcyon Yarn of Bath, which will provide refreshments. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

“Architectural Elements: Hooked Rugs” consists of 33 different pieces, all with an architectural theme. Many of the rugs are scenes from the artist’s travels in Italy, France and the U.S. Designs include arches, facades, cafes, rooftops and window reflections.

Logsdon used finely cut wool strips to create the depth and detail she is after.

“Though I started out as a painter many years ago, I discovered the art of rug hooking by chance and never left it,” Logsdon writes referring to her works. “I think of my hooked wall hangings as paintings in fiber.”

Logsdon maintains a teaching studio at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Md., and for many years has summered in Maine. She has exhibited her work extensively in many states and countries since 1980. Her work is included in major books and periodicals including “Fiberarts Design Book,” “American Art Collector,” “Hooked Rugs” and Rug Hooking Magazine. She also has taught workshops throughout the country.

Logsdon said her piece, “Study in Brown,” a hooked portrait of two men was, “a turning point in my work. I would re-awaken these gentlemen by re-creating their images, and I would simultaneously solve the puzzle of how to work in such a close color range.”

Logsdon uses woolen material, including tweeds, flat colors and hand-dyed wools, and other materials such as handspun yarn, commercial yarn and nonwoolen fabrics. She seeks to work in a subtle color palette to spark the viewer’s imagination. One visitor called the pieces “both representational and abstract” at the same time.

Of her architectural work, Logsdon writes, “Architectural elements call me and I am fascinated with design combinations and with textural surfaces. … The technique of rug hooking is similar to building — creating objects out of loops of colors. … At times, I feel as if I am constructing a building. Traveling has presented me with a multitude of images to play with. Gothic arches often found in European cathedrals call to me. I want to capture the flow of the line, the surface light and the layers of space. That image is a statement about the inside looking up and around. I also find looking out of windows offers surfaces and shapes. … stones, trees, other windows, light, shadow, depth. In all cases it is a selection of colors that create the space … colors that dance back and forth on the surface of the hooking.”

Maine Fiberarts’ staff “discovered” Logsdon’s hookings during last year’s Fiber Arts Tour Weekend. Logsdon was touring hooking studios and shops and came to Maine Fiberarts to learn about other Maine rug hookers. When pressed, she brought out postcards of her work and was invited to show her work.

For information, visit mainefiberarts.org or call 721-0678.

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