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Punch Needle Artist: Arounna Khounnoraj from Bookhou

By: Editors of Rug Hooking Magazine

Welcome to Rug Hooking magazine's featured arists series! In honor of international punch needle day, we celebrated by asking some talented punch needle artists to share their experiences with this delightful fiber art punch needle rug hooking. Check out our exclusive interview with Arounna Khounnoraj from Bookhou.

About Bookhou

We are a multidisciplinary studio that emphasizes natural handmade materials and small production pieces. We are a family business that believes in slow design and each piece we make is made one at a time, by hand.

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Q&A: Let's Meet Arounna from Bookhou

Q: How did you get started with punch needle? What are the steps you go through when planning a design?

A: I got started after I received Amy Oxford's punch needle as a gift. When I plan out my design I try my best to leave a small amount of negative space and try to fill the space with my shapes, I also try to give the background a contrasting colour so that it balances out all my elements.

Q: How do you combat creative blocks?

A: I try to work in other mediums like painting and drawing and during those moments an idea can come to fruition. I also like to use collage as a way to play and not feel like I have to come up with a specific idea or goal and usually that feeling of not having any pressure allows me to break through the creative blocks. 

Q: Any punch needle tips or advice to share?

A: I think that punch needle is so versatile and I would advise on experimenting with different materials and weight and don't feel pressure to have an end goal in mind and enjoy the creative process of the technique.

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