Friday, October 25, 2013

TEACHER FEATURE - CHRISTINE HORNBY -- 2014 MANISTEE RUG SCHOOL

Christine working on a rug from Teachers Workshop

Christine working on a rug from Teachers Workshop

Christine D. Hornby is a certified McGown teacher and has a BA in Art from Siena Heights University. Christine is the owner/proprietor of Green Dragonfly Studio, which specializes in rug hooking, fiber arts, watercolors, woodworking and interior accent pieces. Green Dragonfly Studio is both an outlet for her fiber works but also supplies tools for other artists and craftspeople. This also allows her to sell pieces made by other artists, such as metal smiths and woodworkers. Rug Hooking is also special outlet for design and use of color. She also enjoys the designing of her own patterns and those for other hookers. Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Christine comes from a long and rich heritage of artists dating back to her mother and grandmother who painted landscapes and other subjects in oils. Her mother still specializes in traditional ethnic (German and Scandinavian) folk painting. Following in their footsteps Christine has enjoyed her pursuit of art since she was a small child and has switched from oils to watercolors, to fibers. The foundation of most of her art is the fun that comes from playing with color. She enjoys concepts of design and the need to create art that is both rich in heritage and contemporary. She also applies her knowledge of art history and crafts to historical re-enactment, educating the public on the importance of arts and crafts in their communities. Her work is currently in local collections of JSJ Corporation, a Grand Rapids law firm and private collections, as well as in Grand Valley State University. If this is your first hooking experience, Christine has also taught many beginner classes so you can learn how to get started making your own beautiful heirloom rug out of wool.  Her fiber artistry has won several awards in the local art walks (see pictures below)

Christine is designing a MYSTERY CHALLENGE RUG just for camp in 2014.   I can say that is 14 inches round, but that is all I know.   I am told it is a design that will challenge an experienced hooker, but will still be an excellent starter for a beginning hooker.   She will be selling the pattern for $35, and you can order it through her.   Contact Chris by e-mail at  hornbys@charter.net.   She will be sending out the pattern directly to you when you order it, so that we can show the finished and in progress rugs off during the rug show at camp in 2014.  

Below are some samples of Christine's hooking, design work and fiber art

An award winner.  Did you see WHO at Sauder Village?

An award winner. Did you see WHO at Sauder Village?
Antique Bed Rugg, in progress (Yankee Peddler (?) pattern)

Antique Bed Rugg, in progress (Yankee Peddler (?) pattern)

Original fiber work in Art Walk 2013

Original fiber work in Art Walk 2013

Celebration designed by Joyce Krueger, hooked by Christ with embellishments for a teaching assignment

Celebration designed by Joyce Krueger, hooked by Chris with embellishments for a teaching assignment

Sally in the Flowers, designed by Sue Hammer, hooked by Christine, adding "Argyle" border

Sally in the Flowers, designed by Sue Hammer, hooked by Christine, adding "Argyle" border

Punch needle design with Nora yarn

Punch needle design with Nora yarn

Italian Table, designed by Christine for teacher's workshop to teach perspective and how to hook glass

Italian Table, designed by Christine for teacher's workshop to teach perspective and how to hook glass

Design by Jane McGown Flynn, hooked by Christine

Design by Jane McGown Flynn, hooked by Christine

Antique Flower Garden, hooked by Christine (Jane McGown Flynn (?) pattern

Antique Flower Garden, hooked by Christine (Jane McGown Flynn (?) pattern

Bird Dog, hooked by Christine

Bird Dog, hooked by Christine

Tortuga by Karen Krepps, hooked by Chris

Tortuga by Karen Krepps, hooked by Chris

Another award winning design from Christine, Art Walk 2011, Three Sisters: Lead, Arsenic and Unranium ... Now owned by Grand Valley State University

Another award winning design from Christine, Art Walk 2011, Three Sisters: Lead, Arsenic and Unranium ... Now owned by Grand Valley State University

Birches (Jane McGown Flynn (?) pattern) hooked by Christine.

Birches (Jane McGown Flynn (?) pattern) hooked by Christine.
teacher's workshop pattern hooked by Christine

teacher's workshop pattern hooked by Christine

Designed and hooked by Chris

Designed and hooked by Chris

As the photos above show, Chris is versatile in all types of cuts and styles.   Sign up for her class and enjoy the fun!!!