Walls Walk Artists

Walls Walk Artists
Disparate Art
21 July – 2 August
Oxmarket Centre of the Arts

We are three friends and neighbours who live overlooking the historic wall in Chichester:

Walls Walk Artists Exhibition
Walls Walk Artists Exhibition

Peter Stoakley – colour blind amateur photographer who “takes a good photo”

Carnavale Character
Carnavale Character

Robert Lane – creates fine impressions around Chichester

Airstream Dream
Airstream Dream

Päivi Suomi – expert weaver and felter who uses ancestral Finnish and Saami techniques in a modern context

History of the Rya Rug

Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug

In Scandinavian countries, Rya rugs (ryijy matto) have been found dating back to the early 1400’s. They were used as blankets or sled coverings, the knotted side being closest to the body providing warmth. The Ryas at this time were mainly of natural wool colours, natural white, grey, black.

The Rya developed further with the use of colour and pattern. Decorative ryas date back to the 1700’s. In Finland, as a wedding approached, a weaver would be commissioned to weave a Rya for the young couple. The Rya was used as a prayer rug during the wedding ceremony. The bridal couple would kneel on the Rya as they exchanged their wedding vows. The colourful tapestry was then displayed in their home as a reminder of their wedding day. If one of the spouses passed away, the Rya would then be spread on the bed during the day and the Rya became known as a widow’s blanket. The Rya rug became a family heirloom to be passed on to future generations. In Finland, the commissioned weaving of a wedding Rya is still a tradition today.

In the 70’s the Rya rug again became fashionable, with designers such as Eames using bright and bold colours and pop art designs. The pile was long and shaggy. The shag rugs were used as decorative floor coverings.

An exhibition of some of my latest loom woven Rya Rugs

Rya Rug Exhibit
Rya Rug Exhibit

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Approx size: 45 cm x 70 cm

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Solar Sky Rya Rug

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Approx size: 50 cm x 50 xm

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Approx size: 45 cm x 50 cm

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Approx size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Prime 17 Rya Rug

Undulations Rya Rug
Approx size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Undulations Rya Rug
Undulations Rya Rug

Aurora in Hemp Rya Rug
100% Hemp Yarns
Approx. size: 70 cm x 220 cm

Aurora In Hemp Rya Rug
Aurora In Hemp Rya Rug

Bespoke Rya Rugs

These Scandinavian style rya rugs are handwoven using fine quality, pure wool yarns. All of the rya yarns that I use are hand dyed at the time of the order. Hand dyed yarns have slight variations in colour giving the rug an additional depth of shading.
The rya knot yarns are fairly short, and closely sett, resulting in a soft pile that stands about 1.5 – 2.0 cm in height. The finished rugs are plush and very soft to the touch.

Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug

I am not currently weaving rya rugs as I am working on other commissions. I will resume making rya rugs again in October/November. Pleae enquire for more information and pricing.

PLEASE NOTE:
These “Rya Rugs” are designed to be hung on a wall as a piece of art. Using a Rya as floor or area rug is not recommended.

Sadly, over the years I have received many emails from rya rug owners, asking how to repair the hole in their rug that was created by a table or chair leg. A repair is possible sometimes, but this should not have happened. Ryas are traditionally used as a bed covering or a wall hanging. A Rya should be treated as a treasured piece of art, hung on the wall, not on the floor and can last for a lifetime when cared for properly.

More about Rya Rugs:

Rya Rug Backing

Rothko Rya Rug Kits

History of the Rya Rug
#ryarug #rya #rya #rothko

Rya Rug Backing

For those who don’t weave but like the plushness of a rya rug I now am able to supply the backing so you can make your own rya.
The backing is woven using a pure linen warp and wool weft.

The backing can be woven in different widths and can be purchased by the meter. The weft is woven in natural white or grey wool.
The warp is pure linen yarn and the weft is 100% wool yarn.
The backing is woven at approx. 15 knots per 10 cm. width.
The spacing between each row is approx. 1.1 cm

Please Note:
I make rya rug backing in batches, a few times year – in between weaving other items. If you would like to place an order, I will add your order to the next rya rug backing warp. If you need a special size, please ask.

Rya Rug Backing
Rya Rug Backing

I also now have available plant dyed rya wool yarns that are suitable for use with this rya backing. Please visit Plant Dyed Rya Rug yarns for more information.

I usually have some of the narrower rya rug backing in stock.
For wider width rya rug backing, please contact me regarding a custom order.

All rya products are Custom orders and require a 50% non-refundable deposit.
This covers my cost of the yarns – should you change your mind and not want the product.
All payments are via Paypal.

Rya Rug Instructions
Here are some instructions on how to sew rya knots onto a pre-woven rya backing fabric.

#rya #ryarug

Rothko Rya Kits

Please note: I am not currently making Rya Rug kits, however you may purchase rya rug backing and plant dyed yarns so that you can design your own rya rug.

Rothko has been the inspiration for this series of Rya Rug Kits. In his art, Rothko used a unique blend of many layers and shades of colour to produce his artwork. Each rya knot consists of an original multi-colour blend of different shades, types and thicknesses of wool yarn giving the finished rya rug a depth of colour and texture.

The yarns for each Rothko Rya kit is individually hand dyed at the time of your order. The colours will vary slightly due to the nature of hand dyeing, so may not look exactly as in the pictures shown.

Each rya rug kit comes with hand woven rya backing, rya needles, a ruler, a pattern chart, hand-dyed pure wool yarns, and a suggested blend of colours, but you are free to create your own individual blend within each rya knot. The completed piece will be an original, designed by you.

A comment from a happy customer:

“It is the beautiful colours of your wools that make this Rya such a delight to work on, ( have already done 6 inches). And I love the complicated bits and then the solid colours. (Heaven knows how you managed to dye them all)”
JB

Rothko Rya Kit
Rothko Rya Kit
Rothko: Red Violet Orange Yellow
Approx Size: 70 cm x 120 cm
Rothko Rya Rug
Rothko Rya Rug
Rothko Rya Kit Earth Green
Rothko Rya Kit Earth and Green
Rothko: Earth and Green
Approx Size: 70 cm x 120 cm
Rothko Rya Kit: Magenta Black Green on Orange
Rothko Rya Kit: Magenta Black Green on Orange
Rothko: Magenta Black Green on Orange
Approx Size: 70 cm x 120 cm
Rothko Rya Kit: Yellow Red Blue 1953
Rothko Rya Kit: Yellow Red Blue 1953
Rothko: Yellow Red Blue 1953
Approx Size: 70 cm x 120 cm
Rothko Multi 1948
Rothko Multi 1948
Rothko: Multi 1948
Approx Size: 70 cm x 120 cm
Rothko Variation on Multi-1948
Variation on Multi-1948

Each Rya Kit is hand dyed at the time of the order. As this will be a custom order
50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the order.
This is to cover material costs if you should change your mind.
Payment is by Paypal.

It takes approx 3 to 12 weeks for completion of your order depending on current production schedules.

PLEASE NOTE:
These “Rya Rugs” are designed to be hung on a wall as a piece of art. Using a Rya as floor or area rug is not recommended.

Sadly, over the years I have received many emails from rya rug owners, asking how to repair the hole in their rug that was created by a table or chair leg. A repair is possible sometimes, but this should not have happened. Ryas are traditionally used as a bed covering or a wall hanging. These should be treated as a treasured piece of art, hung on the wall, not on the floor and can last for a lifetime when cared for properly.

More about Rya Rugs:

Rya Rug Backing

History of the Rya Rug

#ryarug #rya #rothko