TIGHR - Back to Nature, October 4-7, 2015, Victoria, B.C.
Submitted by Ti Seymour

TIGHR 2015

I was in awe of this conference - the table of discussions/workshops/tours on offer and the professionalism of the rug hookers present.  After registration on the first afternoon there was a Friendship Mat exchange alongside a cheese and wine reception, a great ice breaker.  I met Debra Smith, Editor of Rug Hooking Magazine, Susan Feller and Lori Laberge; that was an amazing and humbling start.

The following few days I attended two panel discussions:

Defining Professionalism - Moderator: Susan Feller;  Panelists: Jo Franco, Lori LaBerge, Rachelle LeBlanc and Deb Smith;

Approaching a New Design - Moderator: Karen Kaiser;  Panelists: Stephanie Allen-Krauss, Linda Rae Coughlin, Maggie White.

And two workshops:

Proddy Cluster Flowers with Gene Shepherd;
Playing with Plaids with Laurie Wiles.

I also attended five presentations:

1. Sylvia Olsen: A Coast Salish Legacy: the women whose knitting made and saved their lives;
2.  Michelle Sirois-Silver: Intersections: The place where the hand hooked surface & contemporary art meet;
3.  Gene Shepherd: Color in your Rugs;
4.  Kerry Mason (University of Victoria):  The Life and Art of Emily Carr;
5.  Dr Robert Bateman: Nature in Art.

It was inspiring to be submerged in this outstanding professional event and meet so many talented ladies and gentlemen.  I highly recommend becoming a member of TIGHR.  The Victoria Conference was amazing and the online member portal is a fabulous way of keeping in touch.

After the conference I stayed on to attend Gene Shepherd’s 3-day Big Momma Wide-Cut class.  We were eighteen ladies in attendance. Gene commanded the room and regaled us with entertaining tales and shared pearly words of wisdom on techniques.

I am looking forward to what Heather Ritchie and her team come up with for the next Triennial.

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