2013 Kathe Todd-Hooker

We are proud to announce that ATA’s Award for Excellence goes to Kathe Todd-Hooker for her tapestry “Pax Chene” exhibited in Coastal Fiberarts 2013 at Clatsop Community College by Astoria Visual Arts, from July 18 – August 18, 2013.

Kathe Todd-Hooker "Pax Chene"   8" x 12"   2011

Kathe Todd-Hooker “Pax Chene” 8″ x 12″ 2011

Kathe says this about her work:

“Decorating one’s surroundings is a primal need for human beings. Because of this, people have often woven designs into cloth. All these skills fulfill the need of the doer to place marks on his or her surroundings and control them. Often the decorations consist of symbols. By using symbols, the viewer becomes a participant in the work itself-trying to puzzle out the meaning of the work. With ambiguous symbols, people are encouraged to spend more time participating in solving the ambiguity.

By using historical symbols, creating my own symbols, and by renaming old symbols in my work, I feel an inner “connectiveness” to the past, present and future. I allow the viewer to participate by choosing his or her own meanings.

All that said “Pax Chene” is an oddity- a portrait of my studio buddy. One of three that I have finished or am working on. It’s a study in soumack and rya, a memento of my “best studio buddy and companion.” A portrait of calm and waiting.”

Kathe Todd-Hooker is a tapestry weaver, instructor, dreamer, writer, tapestry list mistress, instructor, a sometimes historian and journaler who writes about tapestry, design, colour, journaling, symbolism, Russian Old Believers and tapestry technique. Her work consists of small format work (less then 15 inches square, 20-22 epi). She has degrees in Craft Design from OSAC (BA) and OSU (MAIS) in craft design and other minors-history, economics and CTRA. She has been teaching tapestry since 1981. She is a native of the NW and an ardent student of myth and symbolism, which often seeps into her tapestry imagery. She has studied Gobelin, Swedish, Navajo, British, Coptic, Middle Eastern and kesa techniques from which she synthesizes the techniques that solve technical and design problems.

Ms. Todd-Hooker co-owns Fine Fiber Press and studio with Pat Spark. They publish and write books on tapestry, felting, and sell supplies for these media. Ms. Todd-Hooker has written four books– Shaped Tapestry, Lines in Tapestry, Tapestry 101, So Warped (co- authored by Pat Spark) and has written articles on Russian Old Believers and Journaling. She is in the process of writing a fifth book on color techniques for tapestry. She teaches nationally, internationally, and has private students that come to her studio in Albany, Oregon. She has been the administrator and owner of the tapestry list since 1996. Her work is in private collections and has been exhibited extensively. She prefers to do speculative work to commissions. She has taught at numerous conferences and guilds and privately in her studio.

www.kathetoddhooker.blogspot.com