Caswell Impressions

In celebration of the Caswell Carpet, created by Zeruah H Guernsey Caswell 1832-1835.  ~ 78 small matts, adapted by Laura Pierce & hooked by friends

A collection of lively and colourful matts, inspired by Zeruah Caswell, hooked by Western fiber artists and showing at various venues!

It's been a wonderful project and I'm delighted to share it with many friends and aquaintances. Mostly joined in this endeavor by friends in the West and a few honorary Westerners; the project has created a feeling of connection between us and Zeruah in 1835 Vermont, and the community of rug makers over the ages.

I've shown the original Caswell Carpet and several hooked matts from the project on my blog: Laura's Loop! The original resides at the Metropolitan Museum and you can see it close-up on their website!

Over 60 of the Caswell Impressions were shown at LRI Rug Camp in November 2016; it was good to finally put them up on a wall and see how they went together. I asked everyone to 'do them their way'!

We showed almost 30 of the rugs at Rockaway; Friends by the Sea Rug Camp. Many of the participants of the project attend this fun rug camp on the Oregon Coast.

Next, I'll take the collection to Hooker Hill Rug Retreat, a summer rug camp put on by the Wool Poppies! They've secured more space at the ECCO center and will have a Rug Show open to the public in July 2017. The whole collection of Caswell Impressions will show here first!

In August, my friend, Barbara and I are taking the collection to Archbold, Ohio to show these wonderful rugs at Sauder Village Rug Week. I looking forward to the gathering with many rug friends there!


'Rug Show at Black Mountain Artisans'

Show runs from August 29 through September 14, 2014

Please join us for our opening on Friday, 4-6pm, August 29th, 2014!
11245 Hwy 1, Pt.Reyes Station, CA 415 663-9130 BMA@sonic.net

Marli has invited me to show my rugs, etc. at her wonderful little shop in Pt.Reyes Station; www.BlackMountainArtisans.com.
It's a great place to support your local artisans! Buy a rug, a pillow, some cards, hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn, gifts and unique apparel!   Thursday - Monday.


The Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Show runs from September 11 - October 18, 2009
~ Opening: Friday 6-7:30pm September 11, 2009

6780 Depot St, Sebastopol, CA (707) 829-4797 www.sebarts.org

The Sebastopol Center for the Arts hosts a juried show of 'Portraits'.

It feels good to get a Traditional Hooked Rug into an Art Show at SCA.   It's a small rug with broad strokes of color.   I hope my little self-portrait shows proudly in the show. Please join me at the Opening!


Pelican Art Gallery

June 16 - August 2, 2009
~ Opening: Friday 5-8pm July 10, 2009

143 Petaluma Blvd. No., Petaluma, CA

Pelican Art is hosting an Art Show based on 'Hope and Optimism'. I have 5 rugs in the show; my Crow Series.  I hope you'll come by and enjoy the show!  

Join us at the 'Opening' on Friday night, 5-8pm, July 10th, 2009, in downtown Petaluma.   143 Petaluma Blvd. No. is the old Woolworth building;  you'll remember if you were here in the early 60's.  It is a wonderful space for Art, and I'll see you there!


Black Mountain Artisans

April 9 - May 4, 2009
~ Opening: Friday 4-6pm April 10, 2009

11245 Hwy 1, Pt.Reyes Station, CA 415 663-9130 BMA@sonic.net

My first Show is at a wonderful little shop in downtown Pt. Reyes Station, in 'West Marin'. Marlie deSwart is the Owner/Artist of the Black Mountain Artisans and showcases several other Craft Artists as well. She also has a great selection of knitting yarn and specialty spun yarn. Next door is Marty Knapp, famed Photographer of Marin Coastal area. Pt. Reyes Station is on a back road called Hwy 1 where people run into friends at the Feed store, with the espresso machine next to bales of hay.

Come out and see us! From Marin, just follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd until it ends in Olema, turn right on Hwy 1 and head into Pt. Reyes Station. From Petaluma, take D street west into the country side, past the Cheese Factory, past the Nicasio Reservoir down to a stop sign at a painted bridge. turn right and a few miles later, turn left onto Hwy 1. Come down the hill and Hwy 1 turns left and there are 3 or 4 blocks of town. Black Mountain Artisans is in the middle on the right.