Wayne Bressler: Class of 2018

Name: Wayne Bressler

Location: New York, New York

Tell us a bit about yourself. What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I have worked as an Art Director/Graphic Designer for various magazine publications in New York City for over 25 years. I enjoy illustrating and cartooning and have had 6 cartoons published in The New Yorker magazine.

In 2007, I discovered the Craftsman’s rug punch needle, and started a new found interest in hand-hook rugs, teaching myself all the techniques needed (including cording and whipstitching).

I enjoy creating all my own designs, which include some of my favorite subjects, such as food, graphic images, patterns and silhouetted shapes (all with a sense of humor).

How did you get introduced to rug hooking?
When I was in my senior year of high school, I was preparing art pieces for my portfolio to apply to colleges and art schools. One of my pieces that made its way into my portfolio was a punch needle hand-hooked rug with a planetary theme.

What was your first project?
For my art school portfolio, I created a punch needle hand-hooked rug with a planetary theme.

Is there one rug that stands out as being particularly memorable?
My rug Sushi Deluxe is memorable to me because I realized that my particular illustration style lent itself quite well to the creative process that is rug hooking.

What's your favorite part about hooking a rug?
I like the creative process from the initial design, color planning, material choices, and finishing techniques.

What's a piece of advice you'd give to a new rug hooker?
Have fun doing it.

What do you love most about Celebration?
It gives rug hookers the opportunity to show your creations to a larger community of like-minded artist and interested viewers.

Yum, Yum... Give Me Some (Dim Sum), Celebration XVIII

Yum, Yum... Give Me Some (Dim Sum), Celebration XVIII

"I chose this design for the whimsical nature that food can have for the pop sensibility that can be achieved. I wanted to..." Read more.

Sushi Deluxe, Celebration XIX

Sushi Deluxe, Celebration XIX

"My goal in this particular rug was to make each piece of sushi (some of my favorites) recognizable to the viewer. Top..." Read more.

Slither, Celebration XX

Slither, Celebration XX

"My previous rugs were of food motifs. I was drawn to their very graphic style and the color relationships that came out during their process. This time I wanted to take that graphic style and create a sinuous pattern that also created..." Read more.

Phoenix Rising, Celebration XXI

Phoenix Rising, Celebration XXI

"What intrigued me about this particular rug was its abstract design and all the silhouetted shapes. I like how some shapes touch just..." Read more.

Through My Eyes (Self Portrait), Celebration 26

Through My Eyes (Self Portrait), Celebration 26

"While in art school, one of my assignments was to choose a fellow student and create a portrait of him or her using the least amount..." Read more.

Brainchild, Celebration 28

Brainchild, Celebration 28

"My subject matter started with the simple idea of a personal doodle that I had drawn that caught my interest. I decided to enlarge..." Read more.


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