Kira Bacon Artist Statement: As a child, I helped make a hooked rug at camp. The experience is still vivid — the smell and texture of the burlap, the brightly colored yarns and fabrics, the worn old wooden tool and the perfect little loops it produced. That childhood experience was the genesis of the work I do today. Rug hooking has deep roots in American history and is considered to be one of just a few indigenous American crafts. The early rugs were utilitarian, but I also like to imagine that the women who hooked hundreds of years ago shared my love of color, texture, design and the beauty of all those perfect little loops.