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There's a resurgence of rug making at the moment thanks to social media but for Vancouver artist Matt Hanns Schroeter, it's a labour of love.
Rug making is on the rise. The theories behind this textile revival are contradictory—for example, some credit TikTok for spreading timelapse videos of the mesmerizing craft; others think it’s a direct rejection of the digital world—a radical embrace of hands-on, screen-free creativity. Any way you weave it, tufting is trendy.
But for Vancouver artist Matt Hanns Schroeter, making rugs is an outlet for self-expression. “A lot of my work deals with intersectionality, and how identity changes over time,” he shares. For his colourful, organic projects, Schroeter turns to the great outdoors for visual inspiration: patterns in nature, such as cascading ocean waves, influence his designs. His hand-tufted Ripple rugs, for example, feature curvy, interlocking shapes. Each one is made from slightly different materials, resulting in a unique texture and colour palette in every rug.
Making rugs is generally a solo initiative, but in the last year, Schroeter has collaborated with The North Face (on a one-of-a-kind fuzzy duffle bag, of course) to celebrate Pride, and worked with The Wood Innovation Group (TWIG) to create a reclaimed wood bench for Vancouver’s Interior Design Show. Schroeter has a background in graphic design, which translates beautifully into his tactile creations. “This is a way to bring my shapes into a 3D world—making something that you can touch and play with and feel,” he says.
This story was originally published in the October 2023 issue of Western Living magazine.
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