Artist Pam Ella Simmons

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I am a contemporary fiber artist using the medium of centuries-old traditional rug hooking to produce colorful, original hooked wool wall hangings for the past four years. But to understand how I became a “hooker”, let me take you back to the beginning... I grew up drawing, painting, doing arts & crafts and sewing. I earned a BA in Art from Furman University with an additional year of study in fashion design and merchandising. Early on I was a graphic artist for a now well-known quilt and craft manufacturer in Atlanta. I then worked for a publishing company, but I had always gravitated toward color, texture and especially textiles.  My grandmother was a tailor and tatter; my mother was a traditional rug hooker. My first textile foray, back in the pre-internet days, was designing and selling my line of fabric picture frames to 380 gift stores through wholesale gift marts and then gift reps.A retail recession came and so I went...I published an industry magazine for years, then moved to Nashville where I became a realtor. Working practically 24/7 left little free time and a mountain of stress.  Then my mother passed away and I inherited a large plastic garbage can full of her wool, plus her beautiful, traditionally hooked and beautifully dyed rugs. My love of textiles, color and texture was re-awakened!  I found a local rug hooking group via a chance discussion over a stack of sale wool and began to hone my hooking craft to relieve stress and do something creative. Hooking involves cutting wool into narrow strips then pulling the strips through linen into loops.I always say, “My momma was a hooker and I am too.” I primarily create wall hangings of all sizes, with a wider cut of wool than traditional rug hookers use. I hook [...]

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