My work has its roots in the experience of childhood and nature. I am fascinated by children’s sense of curiosity and wonder. How they perceive their world and interact with it. Nature in all her vibrancy tantalizes me and draws me in to explore in greater detail. As a child would, I like to play with nature in my wall hangings.
I love color and texture. To achieve these I use primarily wool, silk, and other natural fibers. I occasionally use synthetic fibers for accents. I work on primitive linen backing to produce long lasting quality wall hangings. I use yarn, often home spun and hand-dyed, as well as fabric, both up-cycled and new, and often hand-dyed. All this comes together to create vibrant tactile pieces of art.
I have been immersed in fiber from the time I was a young child. My interest was fostered by my grandmother throughout my childhood and into my adult years.
I spent time exploring the world of painting after I graduated from the University of Alberta, and was re-introduced to fiber by Lucille Roxburgh of Calgary, Alberta when she taught me to hook in 1985. Since then I have experimented with different techniques and fibers. I love color and I love texture. I invite the viewer to touch and explore with me.
I have exhibited across Canada and in the USA. In 2012 I became a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and started selling my work.
Jean Ottosen: firstname.lastname@example.org
1980 BA University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Exhibits and Demonstrations:
Current and Past:
2016, Sept. 15-18 – ArtNow! – Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK – my work was for sale at the SCC (Saskatchewan Crafts Council) booth.
2016 Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – vendor and demonstrator, May 28th.
2016 Art Gallery of Regina 40th Salon Show – group show – Art Gallery of Regina – March 9th – April 23rd.
2015 Back to Nature – TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers) Tri-ennial show, Victoria, BC – Oct. 4th – 8th.
2015 Plein Air Hooking Artists – Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week, Ohio, USA – Aug. 11th – 15th.
2015 Join The Thread, Weyburn, SK – July and August
2015 Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – demonstration and vendor
2015 Our Prairie in Fibre – Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK – group show
2014 Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – demonstrator and vendor
2013 Wintergreen – juried show – demonstrator and vendor
2013 Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – vendor
2013 Jury’s Out – Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK – group show
2013 Dimensions 2013 – Saskatchewan Craft Council – group show
2012 Holy Catholic Resurrection Parish Bazaar and Craft Sale, Regina, SK – demonstrating rug hooking and vendor.
2012 Montmartre Folk Festival, Montmartre, SK – demonstrating rug hooking and vendor.
2012 Sunshine Arts Festival, Regina Beach, SK – demonstrating rug hooking and vendor.
2012 Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Fair – demonstrating rug hooking and vendor.
2012 Queen City Exhibition – demonstrated and exhibited rug hooking.
2011 Queen City Exhibition – demonstrated stitching for the Regina Stitchery Guild and traditional rug hooking. Rug hooking on exhibit.
2005 Hooking in the Park – Wascana Park – organized by the Creative Rug Hookers Guild.
2005 Glen Elm Library – Traditional rug hooking display and demonstration
2004 Glen Elm Library – Traditional rug hooking display and demonstration
2004 Lakeview United Church Craft Sale – Traditional rug hooking display and demonstration.
2003 Buffalo Days Exhibition – rug hooking exhibit and demonstration.
2002 Buffalo Days Exhibition – rug hooking exhibit and demonstration.
2001 Creative Rug Hookers of Regina – rug hooking demonstration and exhibit.
2015 – present member of TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers)
2014 – present member of Plein Air Hooking Artists
2013 – present Juried member of Saskatchewan Craft Council
2012 – Saskatchewan Craft Council
2005 – 2012 Embroidery Association of Canada
2005 – 2012 Regina Stitchery Guild
2003 – 2005 Prairie Piecemaker Quilters Guild
1999 – 2006 Creative Rug Hookers of Regina
1988 – 1992 Airdrie Artists Guild – founder
1987 – 1990, 2011 – present Association of Traditional Hooking Artists
2015 – present Facebook Page – JLT Studios
2014 – 2016 member of The Welcome Mat
2012 – 2016 JLT Studios – a WordPress.com blog
2016 – present jeanottosen.ca – a WordPress.org website
2012 – present Etsy shop JLT Studios
2011 – present Rug Hooking Daily
2014 Rug Beat Magazine #10 – “Hooking En Plein Air: An Outdoor Journey” by Lori LaBerge. Work featured in this article, alongside work of other members of the group.