Camp Cascade, Linville, NC engaged me to design eight handmade area rugs and numerous paintings that were to unify the strong linear elements of paneling and the broadly curved shapes of handmade lighting fixtures and furniture. Continuing the architectural theme of natural forms, all rug designs are based on objects of nature found on daily walks: leaves, stones, bark, twigs, lichen. The rugs are hand tufted 3/8" New Zealand wool of the finest quality crafted in the family-owned (since 1981) environmentally responsible workshop of New River Artisans, Piney Creek, NC.
Birchbark Rug: Being a Minnesota girl, I love birchbark. This piece of birchbark I had saved along with several fall leaves served as the basis for this rug. The wall art is also mine.
X Rug: I found an amazing quarzite rock with a bold white "x" and lovely little circular lichen shapes. I made the "x" red for this hearth rug. The painting on the wall is mine, too.
Blue Quartzite Rug: This is based on a rock found in my garden. It also has an amazing "x" shape that I decided to make brilliant blue. All colors were adjusted and amplified. The option of irregular edges allowed the natural rock shape to emerge.
Gold Leaf Rug: This 4' x 12' rug was inspired by my discovery while walking in the fall, of a fallen, partially decayed leaf from a native Fraser Magnolia tree.
Hearth Rug: This rug was inspired by lichen on stone.
Stair Runner Upper: The runner begins with rock and lichen inspiration, moving down it becomes bark, leaves and ferns.
Stair Runner Bottom: The lower part of the runner and the landing piece relate to the theme of the large birchbark rug in the room below.