Rug hooking technique, outdoor inspiration
JOSEPHINE (JO) FRANCO
Jo was introduced to traditional rug hooking while living in the United States, became hooked on the technique of “painting with wool”, and went on to become an accredited McGown instructor.
Returning to Australia, her interest turned to the use of recycled fabrics and creating her own designs for rugs, wall hangings, wearables and three-dimensional pieces.
A member of TIGHR (Editor of Hooking Matters; 2009-12) she began an international adventure in fibre art, traveling overseas to attend rug hooking conferences and teach at workshops. While at home, as Editor, Assistant Webmaster and now Facebook administrator, for the Australian Rugmakers Guild she was instrumental in setting up community rug hooking groups, and playing a key role in supporting isolated rug hookers across the country.
Jo also belongs to the Western Australian Fibre & Textile Association. Determined to promote rug hooking to this group of fibre artists, she has entered hooked pieces in various exhibitions in an attempt to up-cycle a craft to an art form.
Having spent much time and energy promoting rug hooking, Jo is now keen to extend her own rug hooking boundaries by participating in the experience of Plein Aire Hooking.