Good afternoon everyone!  It’s a beautiful winter day today.  The bright blue sky and brilliant sun, though cold here, reminds me of much warmer climes. Today’s feature rug is “African Dream”!

“African Dream” started as a curiosity piece.  We had purchased a cheap grey and grey-blue mudroom rug to protect our hardwood floors.  It was an ugly colour, but I found the design intriguing.  It was striped, but there was pattern within each stripe. I wondered…”What if…?”

Colour…it needed colour.  It also needed to be enlarged and to have contrast added.  It needed some variation in the pattern.  In short, it needed a makeover!  I grabbed my sketchbook and made a quick small sketch.  I later enlarged the sketch and transferred it to linen backing. 

I pulled from the colours I had seen in African cloth to hook this wall hanging.  Composed of many different colour values of silk, wool and nylon, it contains a lot of movement.  

I used yarn, fabric and upcycled pantyhose (nylons) for this project. Some of the yarn is homespun and dyed by me, some indie dyed and spun, and some is commercial. The pantyhose have been stripped of their original colour and dyed by me.

Measuring  28 3/4” x 24”, “African Dream” is a large rug for me.  It has a cotton hanging sleeve attached, and is hung from a dowel supported by two cup hooks.

It comes with an Artist’s Certificate of Authenticity.

It is on sale for $700 CAD, shipping included in Canada.  If you are interested, contact me, Jean Ottosen, at: jeanottosenstudios@gmail.com 

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