Beyond Traditions – Contemporary Rug Hooking

Born to Canadian parents in Boston, Massachusetts, growing up in New Brunswick and now calling Alberta home, Rachelle LeBlanc has become a master in her field.

LeBlanc has devoted herself completely to her artistic practice by exploring the fusion of three of her passions: textiles, painting and rug hooking. Her contemporary approach to this traditional craft continues to push the boundaries with designs using the concepts of line, form, balance, color, and texture. The palettes are achieved by dyeing 100% wool and cashmere fabrics using natural and synthetic dyes. The woolen fabric is then hand cut into strips 1/8”, ¼” or 3/8”, then hand hooked onto a 100% linen canvas. The image is created with thousands of loops of wool and is executed in a manner that the creation of one work can take hundreds of hours.

LeBlanc is known for her distinct style, technical excellence and for breaking new ground within the traditional craft of rug hooking. With a growing international reputation, LeBlanc’s work is sure to impress.