During this one-day workshop you will get the opportunity to explore wool rug making using a traditional latch hooking method.
Exploring aspects of yarn length, knotting, fringing, finishing cuts and edge binding, this workshop will guide participants of all capabilities and interests through the entire chain of production, from initial planning to finished object; exploring materials, tools and techniques as you proceed.
Throughout the workshop, participants will have access to artist references and contextual resources that will assist the creative development of each independent project.
Aiming to be as fun as possible, together we will explore the expanded potential of textile production; identifying the transformative language of rug making by highlighting various methods of display that allow each outcome to be as personal and creative as possible.
About the tutor
Ronan is a visual artist and researcher based in Belfast, who is currently completing a practice-based PhD with Belfast School of Art. He has trained as a fine artist specialising in research surrounding social class and queer identity within the contexts of contemporary craft.
In 2020 he received a Fellowship to Teaching Award from Ulster University, where he worked across various departments including fine art, sculpture and applied art (textile, ceramics and design). From foundation-level to Masters students, Ronan has presented educational seminars and studio critiques, delivered group workshops and individual tutorials and supervised assessments and grading for students (written and verbal).
He is currently a member of two artist-led studio groups based in Belfast (Flax Studios and Arcade Studios), where he regularly contributes to exhibitions, mentorship activities, production residencies and collaborations. Most recently Ronan was commissioned to develop and independently oversee a public engagement programme for Catalyst Arts, Belfast.