Celebrated textile artist Deanne Fitzpatrick learned early that traditional rug-hooking is so much more than just making mats for old houses. This intricate art form has given her the chance to speak without words. It has built her a supportive community, a successful business, and an international reputation. But most of all, hooking rugs has allowed Deanne to live a life she loves.
Reflecting on her twenty-five-year career, Deanne shares lessons gleaned both at the frame and away from her studio. Whether it's dealing with an artistic block, or balancing running a business and raising a family, Deanne has navigated it all with frank humour and grace. Containing over 75 full-colour photos of projects past and present, Making a Life is an ode to the joys of leading a creative life.
Deanne Fitzpatrick is renowned worldwide for her stunning rugs and patterns. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and she is the author of East Coast Rug-Hooking Designs, Hook Me a Story, and Inspired Rug-Hooking. She works from her studio in downtown Amherst, Nova Scotia, and she writes and teaches on her website, hookingrugs.com.
Sheree Fitch is an award-winning poet, storyteller, and educator. Her picture books, novels, and plays have delighted both children and adults since 1987. Sheree lives with her husband in River John, Nova Scotia, on their hobby farm. They run a seasonal book store, Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery, which highlights storytelling, literacy, Atlantic Canadian books, and writers. Visit her at shereefitch.com.