Fibre Art by Henriette Maier

About the Artist

Henriette Maier was born in Germany. After finishing High School and Language School, she was working as a Foreign Language Secretary with patent Attorneys in Munich. In 1984 she married her husband Dieter and they have two sons, who are grown up now and living in Halifax and Norway. After getting married, she worked in her husbands family business and started a successful Catering Business.

In 1996 she and her family immigrated to Nova Scotia where they lived in Grand River, Cape Breton for 10 years before moving to West LaHave on the South Shore in 2006.

A dear friend of hers took her to Cheticamp to visit the Rug Hooking Museum in 2001 where she had her first encounter with this old craft of hooking rugs, which is not known in this form in Germany.

She was intrigued by this art form and started out with a small wooden frame, that her husband made, a crochet needle and some yarn to see if she might like it. After the first few pieces she was "hooked", started taking courses, getting better, and in 2008 she had her first two pieces in a juried exhibition at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax. In 2009 the Nova Scotia Art Bank bought her rug "Wildflowers" for their permanent collection and in 2010 she wrote a feature article for the Rug Hooking Magazine.

In 2011 Henriette's piece "Our Icon" won the Juror's Choice Award for "Best in Show" in the "Inspired" exhibition at the Mary E. Black Gallery.

In March 2011 she was introduced to wet felting and is finding a new passion which is complimentary to the long stretches of sitting while she is hooking. Experimenting, trying her hands on a familiar but different form of wool is pure fun for her. Over the last couple of years her focus has changed to knitting and crocheting and a combination of all different fibre arts.

You can find her fibre art pieces at Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio in Mahone Bay, at the Craft Coop at the LaHave Bakery, Riverhouse Rug Hooking Studio in Petite Riviere, and the Gallery shop at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax, and in Henriette's Fibre Art Studio in West LaHave.

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