Laura Kenney

Artist and home:


I am a hooker…rug hooker that is. Home is Truro, NS. I live in a green house with my husband, two children and two cats.


Background & Occupation: 


My degree is in chemistry from Carleton University. My jobs were included research assistant, Data Entry Clerk and ESL teacher.


Artist Inspiration & Influence:


I like the idea of a blank piece of burlap and being able to hook whatever I want.  I don’t have a boss, or stakeholder to please…I am free… and that feels pretty darn good.

This didn’t inspire me to become an artist, but I remember someone showed on of my rugs to their mom who was ill, and the daughter told her Mom laughed and laughed…it cheered her up.  And that was very cool for me and it keeps going.

Art Methods & Techniques: 


I used to use just yarn as I didn’t have a cutter. Now, 20 years later I use wool strip, yarn, sari-ribbon and roving.  The subjects of my rugs have changed…at first they were mostly about my kids and they become more political.


Artistic Recognition: 

2016  Art Gallery of NS Blog, Terror series

2016  Local Xpres,  Laura Kenney hooks a maritime woman’s world

2016  Steven Rhud, Blog Tits up and and failed selfies

2014 Feature in  “Simply Modern by Deanne Fitzpatrick

2014  TheChronicle Herald, Harvest Gallery Show with Steven Rhude


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