Tanya Graham -Hook, Line, and …………..Modern Art


Quality lines make beautiful rugs. Twentieth century art concentrated on Line and the shapes it contained. The Modernists also simplified and purified colour. Line, Shape, and Colour are three inseparable friends who walk together through all the excitement and boldness and invention of Modern Art: and during this period fine art and decorative design formed a marriage made in heaven.
Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Aesthetic Movement, Fauvism, Surrealism, Cubism, Expressionism – the ‘isms’ came thick and fast. And what about Abstract Art?                This workshop will concentrate on Line, Shape and Colour. The aim of the workshop is to see beyond the folk traditions of rug hooking; and to see possibilities in modern design and its simplicity.


I will introduce a few artists representative of Modernism, and will guide and support the participants in experimentation with shapes and colours, no matter whether the pattern is a commercial one, or a landscape, or a portrait, or an abstract design.

There will be as much preparatory work and exchange of ideas as you wish, in advance of the workshop. Building confidence and powers of observation are important components. This is a workshop open to all comers.

Some representative artists: Vincent van Gogh; Henri Matisse; Paul Klee; Joan Miro; Franz Marc; Gabriele Munter; Georges Braque; Pablo Picasso.



Born in the UK in 1944, Tanya Graham has taught in the public school systems of the UK, France, and Canada. Art and Art History, with a special interest in twentieth century painting, have been life-long areas of study.
From teaching crewel embroidery in the 1980s, Tanya came to rug hooking in 1994. She received her Ontario (OHCG) rug hooking teacher accreditation in 1996 and is an accredited McGown teacher.
Tanya Graham’s own work is informed by her environment in coastal British Columbia, and by her life experiences. Her rugs have been shown in group exhibitions in Canada and in the US.