Jean Ottosen is a rug hooking artist from Regina, Saskatchewan. She has been immersed in fiber from the time she was a young child. This interest was fostered by her paternal grandmother throughout her childhood and into her adult years.
She has had a steady fascination with Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, the Impressionists, and plein air painting from university days when she took her B.A. She spent time exploring the world of painting after she graduated and was introduced to rug hooking by Lucille Roxburgh of Calgary, Alberta in 1985. Since then she has exhibited in many places in Saskatchewan, demonstrated at the annual Queen City Exhibition in Regina, the local public library, and as a vendor at several art and craft sales.
Jean loves plein air hooking because it forces her to really see what is important. To scale down and simplify. To notice light and how it affects the objects she hooks. She draws directly on linen backing and uses a mixture of widths of fiber and yarn to capture the essence of what she sees. One can often find her homespun yarn alongside recycled nylons and woollens in her work. Texture and colour are what her pieces are all about. Her plein air pieces are currently 8” x 8” or smaller.
Jean Ottosen is a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Her “Star Rug” was juried into Dimensions 2013, the biannual juried travelling exhibit of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.
She has work in private collections in South Korea, the United States, and Canada. Her work can be found in the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique in the Affinity Gallery in Saskatoon, SK.