Saturday, December 31, 2016

Q and A with AGNS

Hope you all had a lovely holiday....Judy is a few pounds up but she is quite certain there is something wrong with the scale.
This is a little interview I did with AGNS for Terroir...and.. I will have my "10 Intriguing Canadian Hookers" list done for tomorrow.…/terroir-qa-series-laura…

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas

Have a lovely Christmas.
Thank you so much for your support this means a lot.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Looking for a book for your coffee table?
Interested in what is going on in art in Nova Scotia?
Do you like Judy?
She is in this lovely catalog along with some very fine artists in Nova Scotia.
JUDY IS DOING A HAPPY DANCE…/terroir-a-nova-sco…

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Judy couldn't find the star so she improvised.

                                                   Just have to do the finishing!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Visual Voice Fine Art

I will have three smallish rugs in this show at Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro.
And...I have some lovely rugs at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.
And....I have a couple at the Designer Craft Shop in Halifax.
And...I am afraid I won't be doing the Designer Christmas Show at the Cunard Centre this year as I am busy getting ready for a show that is happening in Newfoundland in the summer.

Friday, November 4, 2016

On the floor colour sorting sari-ribbon

This seems like a good way to spend my morning..colour sorting sari-ribbon.
I have been meaning to do it for awhile.
But, it's hard for me to leave rug making.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rugs off to Harvest Gallery.

These fellas will be making their way to Harvest Gallery tomorrow...if you see something you fancy, please get in touch with Simone or Lynda...thanks!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Rug Hooking

I went to the curator's talk yesterday...dragging my two children as Dad was away for a conference. They loaded up at the snack table and were very happy and I got out my notebook and took notes as fast as I could as Roxanne spoke.

Roxane Shaughnessy, Textile Museum of Canada, gave a great overview of rug  Canada..over the last 150 years... from the pioneer days to the cottage industries in Grenfell and Cheticamp to the contemporary rugs.
There were a couple of things that she said that will probably show up in a rug or two:
unknown makers...cottage industries rising from the constant economic crisis in the East...matting season...Gagetown Hookers..and Florence Ryder.

There was a time for questions at the end of the talk and I asked Roxane, "There is a big debate in the rug hooking world as to whether rug hooking is art or craft and what do you rug hooking art or craft?".... Roxane answered..."art"... and she very cleverly didn't elaborate.

After the talk, I took a peak around and spent most of the time on the top floor where the contemporary rugs were located. These rugs caught my attention as I felt the artists were trying to tell me something and I wanted to take the time and figure out what they had to say.

It was interesting for me to see where I fit in with the history and I am quite happy to be carrying on the tradition...I have no choice really.

The show is on till Nov 6th at the MSVU Art Gallery in Bedford, NS.

Roxane Shaughnessy

Yvonne Mullock with Mary Francis

Deanne Fitzpatrick

Joanne Close, Barabara Klunder, Nancy Edell

Hanna Epstein

Home Economics: MSVU Art Gallery

Friday, September 23, 2016


REMINDER: this Saturday, 24 September at 2pm
Visiting Curator’s Talk
In conjunction with the exhibition Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs, Roxane Shaughnessy, Curator at the Textile Museum of Canada, will speak about hooked rugs and the cottage industry over the last 150 years in Canada.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Very Best Folks I Know

The Very Best Folks I Know with Steven Rhude, Ian Gilson, Geoff Butler to name a few...and ME is on till Sept. 4th...check it out.

Monday, August 22, 2016

House of Film

Ok..sooooo...Steven Rhude made a cool painting of a need of say the least.. and he titled it "House of Film...and frig, I can't remember the rest of the title...anyways..Steven was referring to Stephen McNeil's film credit cut error and then he asked how I thought Judy would react and if you don't know who Judy neither.. and then I said she would grab a broom and get to work and Steven said hook it..and I said ok..even though I was scared but I did it and here it is. :)..holy run on sentence.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

NS Folk Art Festival 2016

  Joe Winters was the poster artist this year and it is quite an honour to be chosen. His art is on the poster ..of course, and he has the privilege of having the best table in the arena to display his work and the Lunenburg Hertiage Society purchases the piece that is displayed in the's all good,'s not,  Joe passed away in February of 2016. I didn't know Joe that well but I could tell he was the real deal.. a true folk artist. I could tell by the way he talked to the collectors at the festival and I could tell by his work, like Chris Huntington says, "It (folk art) has a life of its own or it doesn't"....and Joe's work had life.

I spoke to Marilyn, Joe's wife, about him and she said he loved making folk art. He was into "dumpster diving" as he liked the idea of using recycled materials for his work. She said one of his favourite pieces he made was the Louis St. Laurent, an ice breaker that Joe was commissioned to create. He also made a mural of Lunenburg and was known for the "Little People" carvings at the White Point Lodge.

 David Stephens, a fellow artist and friend said:

 I think Joe's art creations were drawn from a range of influences, with an emphasis on his time spent as a sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a civilian, "Dockyard Matey" at the Navy Dockyard, and later as a house painter. He was able to draw on a vast range of experiences, skills, talents and abilities, which shone through in his work, from the primary execution of the piece, right down to the details and the finished painting. He truly was a "wizard in wood".... Joe had that special something which made him and his work unique, and that is the indescribable ability to take in the world around him, and to express what he saw and experienced in a way that enabled him to share his thoughts and his humour with an appreciative audience....He was forever humble and down-to-earth, the genuine article, who never tolerated bullshit. Joe always managed to see the bright side of life and events. So very much of that was also down to his best friend, his life companion, his dear, loving wife, Marilyn. I always looked forward to catching up with both of them at festival time, to see what was new, particularly what colour Marilyn had dyed her hair - or what they may have added to their art van, and to their hot pink Hummer. They were a team - but most importantly, they were a loving couple, so very much in peace and harmony - always with a smile, a joke, and a laugh to share, to help brighten up the world around them. He will be missed.

I asked Marilyn if there was a gallery carrying Joe's work and she said,  "No, what I have on the table is what is left." On the table was an unfinished piece. Joe had plans to make a painting as a  tribute to David Stephens but wasn't able to complete it. I asked David if he would finish it ..he replied, "No..too hard."

Marilyn gave me a copy of Joe's obituary and what gave me a lump in my throat was at the end it said, "In memory of Joe's creativity, it is requested those attending on Saturday, please wear bright colours."

Monday, August 1, 2016

Extra Festive

Whoa nellie..the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival seemed extra festive this year. A big thanks to the volunteers, buyers and people are the cat's meow.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Make America a Pussy Again

"Make America a Pussy Again"
... will be in the auction at the NS Folk Art Festival..this Sunday....Lunenburg Memorial Arena...12-4pm..see you there!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rooster on a Boat

This guy shall be at the NS FOLK ART FESTIVAL.
This Sunday.
Memorial Arena

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weird minds think alike.

I was chatting with Steven Rhude the other day and he said he was working on a painting of lady with a buoy on her head..and I said, "SHUT UP!, I just hooked a judy with a buoy on her head titled "Fishing School""...this is what we do in Nova Scotia.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival

Judy has been sipping cocktails in the backyard and I have been busy hooking getting ready for the NS FOLK ART FESTIVAL...hope to see you there.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Surfing the Ironing Board.... is coming down

Going to Halifax tomorrow to take down "Surfing the Ironing Board" ..Judy is going to miss that place... :) A big thank you to the lovely people at the Mary Black Gallery, and thank you to everyone who came out to see the exhibit..appreciate it.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A little mistake.

Just a note....The Coast said I am having a  "meet the artist"  at the Mary Black Gallery today..but I am afraid that was an error...I am at home being a Mom apologies. :(
On another note...I had a great chat with Elissa Barnard about "Surfing the Ironing Board" so expect to see a write up in Local Xpress this week.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Terroir..the opening

It was a great night!
The show runs till January so lots of time to check it out.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia....Judy made the big time.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Terroir...A Nova Scotia Survey at the AGNS

I have a little story to tell.

There was a call for submissions put out by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) last fall....and...I had never seen an open call for submissions put out by the thought.."YES!...I need to try for this"...because the AGNS to me is like.'s like...well...when I walk into the AGNS it feels like I am walking into a church....a sacred place...a place where I am going to see something that is going to make me feel..or think about something in a different's powerful stuff.

 Soo...getting back to my little submission was accepted. To say I did a happy dance is a bit of an understatement....29  artists living and working in NS  are represented in Terroir. We often talk about Nova Scotia..have-not province...culture of defeat...but what are artists saying about the province...what is their perspective....this is a show to see.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

This is Judy

"This is Judy"

If you are interested in purchasing a rug and would like to know which rugs are available from "Surfing the Ironing Board",  you can email me at

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sweet email.

I got this really sweet email and I got permission to share it with really made my day.

My fiancee and I chanced upon your work at the Mary E. Black galley on our last day in Halifax, a few short hours before our flight back to the UK.

We were absolutely bowled over by your rugs, beautiful, delightful things.

We have the same broad technique over in the North East UK where they are known as 'proggy mats', but we've never seen anything like your rendering of Judy and her life and travails.

Stunning and remarkable, the final highlight of many during our visit to Nova Scotia,

Friday, June 17, 2016

In the gallery tomorrow

I am going to be hanging out in the gallery tomorrow 11-1pm...I can give you a tour of the show ....I can show you how to hook...I can ...well, that's all. :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gallery 215

Gallery 215 is having their opening today 1-3pm.
It is a lovely rural gallery featuring many NS artists.
See you there.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Review of "Surfing the Ironing Board"

Steven Rhude did a very cool thing and did a write-up of "Surfing the Ironing Board". The Chronicle Herald may be "tits up" for the time being but life goes on..people are still making art in the province and people are still going to write about it.... one way or another.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Hook-in this Friday morning at the Mary E. Black Gallery, 10-12. Can't hook? No worries, I can give you a demo. IT WILL BE FUN...YA LIKE FUN, DON'T YA? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Opening remarks were filmed!

Big thanks again to everyone for coming out last night..meant a lot.

The opening remarks were, take a peak...I am flapping my arms a lot so that is entertaining.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Thanks so much to everyone who came was just a great night.