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art work

contemporary fibre arts

Colour, texture, joy and self-compassion are the key features of my lovingly crafted hooked rugs and books about my journey from homeopath to artist and journal writer. My home studio is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where I hook and spin looking out over the Halifax Harbour.

I'm Meryl

artist, author, speaker, facilitator

Combining my lifetime of work in the healing arts together with my experience as a writer and artist has led me to an exploration of journaling and contemporary fibre arts as a process for reinvention and transformation.

Meryl Cook

I'm Meryl

artist, author, speaker, facilitator

Combining my lifetime of work in the healing arts together with my experience as a writer and artist has led me to an exploration of journaling and contemporary fibre arts as a process for reinvention and transformation.

My Process

What is unique about my introspective process is the connection between writing and design. This includes writing on the linen around the design to highlight the inspiration for each mat, selection of colours based on Chakra colour theory, and a technique of following the healing energy to produce an intuitive, abstract design. Each mat represents the next step needed in my journey to becoming the Wild Woman I was meant to be.

I hook in a loose, organic style with a variety of new and recycled fabrics and yarns (mostly wool and silk) on linen. Likewise, my spinning is unstructured, with a focus on spinning from the curly locks and mostly wool from Nova Scotia sheep. I start each design with a simple sketch from my journal and a basic idea of the colours I want to use. I don’t colour plan. Each design develops in an intuitive way.

The name of each piece evokes feelings, such as Dancing Wildly – With Joy!, Love Letter, Dancing in the Wind, Breaking Open, Curvy Lines, Joy Releasing, Abundance, Let This Be Enough, What Do I Need Right Now?, and Wild Woman in Willow Tree Pose.

My work is inspired by: my mom, Nancy Cook, a rug hooker extraordinaire, for her great colour sense; Deanne Fitzpatrick, for raising rug hooking to an art and encouraging me early on to do my own designs; and Monet and the other Impressionist artists for their art that draws me in and fills my soul.