Even as a small child, I was an admirer of all forms of art and handicrafts. I became interested in creative work with wool and different colors and materials at a young age. I love to knit, hook, weaving, needlepoint and embroider. I feel that, of all its forms, fiber art is the one closest to my heart and hands. A few years ago, I discovered this - originally American - form of rug hooking, and it did not take long until I found myself addicted. My sudden thirst for knowledge was quenched by the inventor of the Oxford Punch needle, Amy Oxford, and the lovely Kelly Wright. The more time I spent with punch needle, the more fascinated – and addicted - I became. With that, it had become an important goal of mine to become an Oxford Certified Instructor and a member of the Oxford Punch Needle Instructors Guild (OPNIG) and ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists).
I love holding the material in my hands, there’s a certain feel that colorful yarns have – that’s what makes them special in their own way. I use only natural materials and wool for my work. Working with it feels like I’m taking a small piece of nature and pouring it into a piece of art.
In a sense, it’s all slow art: allowing nature to seep into all aspects of our lives, as if we were connecting to endless nature in the woods: bare feet on the ground, touching the fallen leaves, smelling the scents in our noses, feeling the murmuring winds and the sunshine caressing our skin, taking in the beautiful scenery with our eyes. That’s all so natural, and full of positive energy.
Unlike weaving, needlepoint, embroidery or other cross-stich needlework, where the necessity
of a grid can be limiting, punching allows you to make true curves, free lines.
You can use the needle like you would a paintbrush and let it go where it wants to.
Even before you start to actually punch, designing and drawing the piece,
choosing the yarn and colors give you a sense of freedom, that refreshing joy of creation.