Michael Heilman
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Artist Statement & Biography
Working initially in oils and pastels, the serendipitous discovery of a nineteenth century American rug making tool set me off on a new path. Using hand dyed wool yarn on monks cloth backing, I create an eclectic variety of rugs, both for the floor and the wall. I have no self-conscious "message" that I apply to my designs, just undertake those that appeal to my color sense.
I have been making rugs for about fifteen years and teaching rug making for about six years. I am self taught, and have built much of the equipment and tools that I use in making rugs. I have given many presentations on American rug making, including at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and have exhibited my work at the American Craft Council Shows, the Smithsonian Craft Shows, and a number of galleries.
Artist StatementWorking initially in oils and pastels, the serendipitous discovery of a nineteenth century American rug making tool set me off on a new path. Using hand dyed wool yarn on monks cloth backing, I create an eclectic variety of rugs, both for the floor and the wall. I have no self-conscious "message" that I apply to my designs, just undertake those that appeal to my color sense.
Artist BiographyI have been making rugs for about fifteen years and teaching rug making for about six years. I am self taught, and have built much of the equipment and tools that I use in making rugs. I have given many presentations on American rug making, including at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and have exhibited my work at the American Craft Council Shows, the Smithsonian Craft Shows, and a number of galleries.
Education
University of Wisconsin Colleges|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Aside from designing and making rugs, I much enjoy working in our garden and perpetually redesigning it as my fancy hits me.
What I Find Beautiful
The hidden stream that passes through the woods near our home.
My Favorite Memory
The incredible moon lit scene I observed on the Eastern Shore of Maryland one winter night, when the entire world sparkled like diamonds.
My Favorite Art Style
The works of Paul Klee, Joan Miro and Isamu Noguchi
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